TheaTour!: The Detroit Masonic Temple


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.)


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…


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


More vintage treasures were to be found here…


and here…


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


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


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


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


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