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TheaTour!: The Detroit Masonic Temple

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Fun fact: Not all Masonic temples house self-flagelating albino monks or creepy, cloaked knights. (Thanks, DaVinci Code and Eyes Wide Shut for that one.) As I found out in Detroit—on tour with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie–some such temples are pretty normal, pretty cool theaters. (As for the above photos, yes, that’s a prop milk jug. Such are the trappings of children’s theater.)

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Our particular haunt sported some religious-y flying buttresses and a Gothic, arched ceiling. But the rest of the digs were purely secular. Some good, blood-red “legs” (as they’re called in the biz) framed our singing and dancing…

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… and a set of dainty ropes started their trip to the fly tower, ready to open vents in case of fire.

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More vintage treasures were to be found here…

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and here…

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… but pity the actor forced to rely on this set of floor directions:

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After all, if they directed him here, to the American Horror Story-style loading dock, who knows what could happen to him?

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Even worse, how could he defend himself in the elevator from these terrifying miscreants?

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Hmm… maybe “Masonic Temples” aren’t so benign after all…

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