Dancing with the vampire
By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter
The Tacoma City Ballet promises a biting performance in time for the Halloween.
This production will be at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center Oct. 26 to 28.
"The Tacoma City Ballet attempted to present its full-length Dracula in 2004 in the Pantages Theater," said Erin Ceragioli, artistic director for the Tacoma City Ballet.
However, the fire marshal closed the theater since it didn't have a proper fire curtain, she said.
"So, we have been waiting for 14 years to finally put Dracula on the big stage with a live orchestra as it was meant to be seen," Ceragioli said.
She said she wants to pro- duce a ballet that could become an annual performance for the season, she said.
"I am hoping that Dracula will become to Halloween what Nutcracker is to Christmas," Ceragioli said.
Presenting a full-length ballet performance with a live orchestra has many challenges, she said.
"First, a libretto or storyline must be written, and music chosen for the choreography. The cast must be chosen and the choreography taught to them," Ceragioli said.
Making sets, costumes, and props is another challenge and the Tacoma City Ballet makes these all itself, she said. "The business of the theater, participating artists, and show program creation also all happen along the way," Ceragioli said.
Two ballet adaptations of Dracula premiered in 1997.
One was by Micheal Pink and Christopher Gable, scheduled to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the original novel's publication.
Another was by Ben Stevenson the same year.
Their current season includes three story ballets: Dracula, The Nutcracker and the Tale of the Hard Nut, and Pinnocchio the Ballet.
"Dracula's cast consists of The Tacoma City Ballet company dancers, character actors and dancers, and some children from the Tacoma City Ballet School," Ceragioli said.
"In choosing them, I looked for the ability to perform the classical technique and acting ability."
Ceragioli is also the choreographer for this show.
"The audience can expect a rich production filled with beautiful dancing, lavish sets and costumes, and a live orchestra," she said.
The message of the performance is, "That true love sometimes means sacrificing your- self for the good of the one you love," Ceragioli said.
Audience members are encouraged to attend the show in costume.
Parking at the Federal Way performing Arts and Events Center will be free.
Showtimes will be on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees will be Oct. 27 and 28 at 2 p.m.
The address is 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S., Federal Way.
Tickets range from $20 to $70.
For tickets and more information visit fwpaec.org/events/.