Theatre Bizarre: The Initiation
Saturday night was our biggest Weird Sisters show to date at Theatre Bizarre: The Initiation. After weeks of rehearsal and preparation by the TB family over at the Masonic Temple it was amazing to see everything come together. They built stages, hung banners and huge art pieces, switched out hundreds of light bulbs to give all SEVEN floors a spooky glow.
The morning of the show – we met at the Masonic for one final run through and wandered through the building as the morning sun crept through the halls.
At 7 p.m. the doors opened and cleverly costumed pledges began to filter in. People get really creative with their costumes – store bought is just not an option for Theatre Bizarre.
Mae, Mandy and Nate came to show their support.
The zombified Detroit Party Marching Band wandered through the halls, stopping in the middle of the lobby for an enthusiastic breakdown, complete with clapping, dancing and silly string.
Pants was a well dressed horse for the night and was stopped multiple times by random people for photos.
There were multiple stages, spooky lounge singers and burlesque dancers, the Odditorium full of magicians & sideshow freaks, suspensionists hanging in glass boxes, undead elevator operators manually moving the cars between floors, a ghost train (which I never managed to locate).
The Detroit Fire Guild, painted like steely-abbed devils, were positioned throughout the building and on the columns out front spinning fire and flipping on stilts.
Only way to drink wearing the horse mask :) Pants was one sweaty mess once he took that thing off.
My mask for the party, which I made a few nights before. I threw on my ‘target for a knife thrower’ outfit in between shows.
There aren’t many people in these pictures, but I assure you the place was packed. I saw a ship full of pink-horned vikings, a sexy female Elvis, a space girl wearing a lighted bubble helmet, far too many black swans, Maurice from Little Monsters, the Wizard of Oz w/his hot air balloon, multiple yip-yips, and my favorite of the whole night…the priest from Beetlejuice.
Last two photos are from Detroit photographer Joe Gall, so you can see how freaking cool the place looked :)
Photos and video from our performance are coming soon :) And thank you to Mae and Irina for the pictures as I was running around most of the night and only had a couple on my iPhone.10.26.11 in b3, i love detroit, weekend