Some people have pumpkin patches, others have trick-or-treating, but for the downtown arts scene, the fall tradition is Lisa Starry's A Vampire Tale. The Scorpius Dance Theatre production returns to Phoenix Theatre for its 11th season, and due to popularity, the company is encouraging dance fans to snap up tickets early.
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Aptly called "the Nutcracker of Halloween," this spooky yet sultry choreographed performance tells the tale of a girl seduced by the undead. This original production, created well before the campy True Blood and the tween-friendly Twilight saga, has toured across the U.S. and the U.K., evolving from what was once a 35-minute dance number to a two-hour, heart-stopping show.
One of the larger changes in this year's production of A Vampire Tale will feature Gavin Sisson as vampire king Viktor, a part long-held by Starry's husband David who retired from the male lead role after last season.
Showtimes for Lisa Starry's A Vampire Tale are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 2 through 11. Reserved seating ranges from $20 to $40. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.scorpiusdance.com/events or call 602-254-2151.