Trever Long Interview With “The Metropolitan”!

If you follow the Theatre Bizarre Facebook or Instagram pages, you're undoubtedly familiar with the photography of Trever Long. His incomparable work has been featured countless times on our website, our social media pages, in flyers, postcards, and everywhere in between. For the last 10 years, he has used his otherworldly eye to capture truly breathtaking and utterly unbelievable photos inside the halls of  Theatre Bizarre.

Now, his talents are being brought to light once more in a must-read exclusive interview with The Metropolitan that covers his storied past, and his present experience at our event. Below are just a few exciting snippets from his feature -

Ten consecutive years! What do you recall most  from your very first photographic experience at Theatre Bizarre? This would be (we presume) 2008?

Yes, this year was my 10-year anniversary of shooting the event. The first time I attended was in 2008, back when it was on the original grounds on State Fair and I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. I’d been asked by Friends of Dennis Wilson (a band I was close with that was playing that year) if I’d be interested in shooting them at a “backyard Halloween party.” I saw the flyer for the event (which features a beautiful illustration by the creative visionary behind Theatre Bizarre, John Dunivant) and I was sold.

I went to the party alone that night and was pretty unfamiliar with the area, so when I walked up to a line of people standing in front of what appeared to be an abandoned building in a burned out desolate neighborhood, I felt a bit uneasy. Honestly, my first
thought was that I went to the wrong address, but the people there were wearing costumes and I could hear music beyond the houses. For those who don’t know, I should mention that in order to enter the party at that time you had to walk through this house, which had been converted into a full-scale haunted mansion. After pushing thru body bags and passing by a rotting pig’s head in the kitchen, I found myself feeling my way through a nearly pitch black underground tunnel that was plastered with a child’s drawings of murder scenes, until finally emerging into a cloud of fog.

Once it cleared, my vision focused and I realized I was suddenly standing in the middle of a bustling 19th century carnival midway, complete with banners for sideshow freaks. So yeah, it made a pretty strong first impression. It felt like I’d walked into a dream. It was incredible, it was dangerous, it was beautiful. That night would be the first time I’d photograph and see performances by acts like Snakeout, Satori Circus, and of course, the Queen of the Cooch herself, Roxi D’lite. I was hooked.

A question suggested by several other photographers who envy your yearly task and admire your work:  What are the principal obstacles/problems arising from an assignment like this? That is to say: lighting, perspective, positioning, etc. 

The biggest challenge is just dealing with the scale of the event. It’s massive, constantly changing, and doesn’t slow down until night’s end. Theatre Bizarre is, by design, complete sensory overload. A piece of advice I give to anyone attending for the first time is to follow your gut.

No matter what, you’ll be missing something else, so find the things that are interesting to you. This is my same strategy when photographing the event. Sure, I may have a rough idea of when certain events are scheduled, but it’s not uncommon to get swept away by something else completely. I’ve found it’s best to capture the things that unfold in front of me, rather than planning my night — If you’re always thinking ahead, you’re never truly in the present.

We implore you all to uncover The Metropolitan's full interview with Trever Long about his experiences at Theatre Bizarre here to discover more about him, and what it’s like being one of the many photographers that help showcase the sights of our grand masquerade. You won't regret it.

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Happy Halloween 2018!

Hallowe’en. Samhain. All Saint’s Day. Dia de los Muertos. Pangangaluluwa. Wherever you’re from, and whatever you call it - today is a day of remembrance.

From deep within the halls of Templum Balatro, we certainly remember. We remember the power that Zombo always held within the realm of Theatre Bizarre, and we remember the cursed day in this very year where the self proclaimed “King” stepped forward to take the crown for himself. A vile and selfish creature, fueled only by narcissism and greed. His reign, much like his life, did not last anyone who attended ‘The Great Deception’ can attest to. Zombo hath returned - refusing to sit idly by while his Kingdom was usurped. The rightful ruler has reclaimed the the kingdom, and so too, the throne... That is something we will all remember.

So now, as the leaves fall from the trees on this crisp autumn night, as the candles flicker within the pumpkins inside the cold air, and as the urchin retreat from the streets as the rest of the wicked ones celebrate the divine Memento Mori - we here at Theatre Bizarre wish one and all a Happy Halloween. Join us tonight in revelry and remembrance. Hail Zombo.

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Thank You, From Theatre Bizarre

What a magnificently prolific and dissolute year we’ve had at Theatre Bizarre. An unprecedented series of events emerged, and with them, the emergence of the many secrets and many lies of The Great Deception. We trust you all enjoyed the ride.

After a long week of aiding in the ethereal escape of Theatre Bizarre back into the shadows, we have finally marked an end to another great year (Well… almost. Some crews are still in the building; cleaning, storing and inventorying, along with our Controller, who will be sorting this mess until the end of the year.). The lights have all dimmed, the walls have all fallen, and Zombo slumbers once more. Now, with another chapter closed for Theatre Bizarre, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge each and every person, beast, creature, and otherwise who have aided in creating the inconceivable. From the performers on the stages, in the halls, and throughout the many rooms of the Temple, to those behind the curtain to ensure all the gears are turning, and also to all those who have joined us to see another year of our unholy masquerade - this show would not exist without you.

The incomprehensible amount of folks to thank is difficult to sum up quickly, and the scale of our performers and crew is as large as their dedication, a mere thanks never quite seems like enough. There were so many changes behind the scenes this year - with new spaces, new managers, new crew, and in some cases, a new approach. A lot of department changes happened and were handled so beautifully: the costume department, the volunteer leads, credentials, the hair stylists and make-up team, the audio crews, the lighting department, the fabric team, the pumpkin masters, gatherers, and carvers, everyone that kept the office running smooth and the coffee flowing, the cabinet makers and painters, the candy jar fillers, candy corn wranglers, the candle lighters, the soundscape designers, the smoke machine operators, the projectionists, the Zombo prize sewers, the parking attendants, stagers, flip crew, fire & safety, the merch crew, our security leads, the fixer, and those who put their heart and soul into changing thousands of light bulbs, and solving thousands of problems…

Our installation crews working tirelessly, and poring themselves into every detail in every corner of the building. Our on-site managers and logistic princess toiling away to make sure everything runs smoothly. The stage managers and stagehands, the tech crews, the pa's, the ones hanging floor signs and concealing coke machines, the first-aid crew and EMTs, the photographers and videographers, all of the people that fed us when we had no time to feed ourselves - craft services, the caterers, and the folks that dropped off food for our workers, just to name a few. The Masonic Temple, for trusting us to honor such a historic and unparalleled building that is as much of the atmosphere of the new Theatre Bizarre as any set dressing. The clowns and devils, the trick-or-treaters, the acrobats and cats, and all of the performers and their impeccable safeties, the MC's, the suspension crews, the infernal guard, the go-go dancers, the facility ghouls cleaning up after drunks, elevator operators as our lifeline in the building, ticket takers, game carnies, fortune tellers, wandering musicians and stationary musical ensembles made for their stages in the halls, the doormen, ushers and popcorn girls, the ice cream servers and soda jerks, the train conductors, the tortured souls and the green fairies - all attending countless hours of orientations, fittings, training, rehearsals, not to mention the time in the makeup chair leading up to the physical and mental exhaustion of performing for such a long stretch and covering so much ground, running several marathons through brutal terrain. And also all the performers throughout the world who may not attend months and months of prep for our event alone, but who lend us the skills they've spent a lifetime developing to create special moments in every room throughout the temple. The burlesque performers, the bands, the freaks and geeks and everyone in between. The lists could go on forever, and we’re sorry if we missed anyone in trying to highlight the incredible scope of this event and the gratitude we have for every single person involved.

This also wouldn't be complete without acknowledging all those who spread the unholy word of Theatre Bizarre to their friends and families, year after year. The people who spend months and months hand crafting some of the most exquisite costumes we've ever seen to add to the elegance and curiosity of our event. The people who return every passing year to see the new talent coming to our show, or to see the new acts of imagination and insanity from our returning performers. The people who enter inside, eager to have an indescribable adventure, engaging and adding to the grand revelry.

All of this would only be possible through the blood, sweat and tears of every person, giving everything they have to pull off the extraordinary. We can't thank you enough. We extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone who has allowed us to continue our procession into the curious and unknown. From all of us to all of you.... cheers to another year, and for more to come... Thank you all.

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Theatre Bizarre 2018 Band Line-Up!

The castrophony heard through the unholy halls of Theatre Bizarre is loud enough to wake the dead, sweet creatures. Get ready to experience a most eclectic and enchanting array of bands and performers to satisfy your every need. May we introduce to you just a taste of our band line-up:

Goober & The Peas
Bella's Bartok
Mother Feather
The Theatre Bizarre Orchestra
The Beggars
Willa Rae & The Minor Arcana
Black Jake & the Carnies
Gabriel Brass Band
The Oscillating Fan Club
Krillin vs. SpaceSkull
Lady Bones
Caveman & Bam Bam Detroit
Ghost City Searchlight
Là Bas
Sold Only As Curio
Gold Crayon
The Imaginatron

....and more still to come!

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Theatre Bizarre 2018 Burlesque Line-Up!

Welcome to the Dirty Devil’s Peepshow, where our debauched host shall inundate you in immoral indulgence with every act. May we introduce to you our full Theatre Bizarre 2018 Burlesque Line-up:

Roxi DLite
Angie Pontani
Ray Gunn
Kristina Nekyia: Showgrrrl
Musette "The Mistress of Mischief"
Lushes Lamoan
Julie Atlas Muz
Lou Henry Hoover
Eva Mae Garnet Burly-q
Dee Dee Starr
Laura Desiree Burlesque
Dolly Berlin Burlesque
Mercury Stardust
Aria Delanoche
Dahlia Dulce
Samantha D Siren
Magenta DeMure
Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière
Kristina Nekyia
Tana the Tattooed Lady
Vyla Vaudette
Abigail Rhys

Enjoy the view, sweet creatures. We sure will...

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Come One, Come All!

 Welcome to the Greatest Masquerade On Earth! Theatre Bizarre will transport you to another world of mystery and mischief. A sordid soirée of unbelievable sights and sounds awaits you, dear creatures… and if you’re lucky, so does a glimpse at what’s in store. We'll have a tantalizing peak for you tomorrow, so be sure to hurry back...

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Discounted Theatre Bizarre 2018 Tickets Still Available!

My dear, our discounted $95 tickets won’t be available much longer. Act fast before the sale comes crashing down and tickets go to full price at $105 on September 9th! Order yours today!

Looking to secure your tickets to Theatre Bizarre in person? You're in luck! Tickets are now available at our partner locations at Noir Leather, 3 Ring Traveling Apothecary, and Leon & Lulu! The choice is yours, and yours alone. Don't say we didn't warn you once ticket prices rise in September. Get 'em while they're hot!

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Tickets to Theatre Bizarre 2018 On Sale Now!

Happy Friday the 13th, disciples of Zombo!

To celebrate this most unholy holiday, we're happy to announce that tickets to Theatre Bizarre are NOW AVAILABLE! Come one, come all! Standard Theatre Bizarre tickets are at a special release price of $85 until the first 500 sell out, so don't delay!

Join us October 12th & 19th for our Masquerade Gala, and 13th & 20th for our Theatre Bizarre Choose-Your-Own-Adventure. Mark your calendars, and prepare your vestments, my delicious initiates. Order your tickets now and discover the secrets that abound this year at Theatre Bizarre....

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Congratulations Brittany “Acrobritt” Walsh On Guinness World Record

Sweet creatures, join us in celebrating our darling servant “Acrobritt” in successfully doubling a Guinness World Record!

Give her a round of applause, ladies and gentlemen! You’ll see her with your own two eyes this year at Theatre Bizarre. Hail Zombo!

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Happy Pride Month & Happy Birthday to Violet Chachki

My darling initiates, it is with our most sincere adoration that we join you in celebrating Pride Month. Each year, we simply would not be able to provide the level of performance that we strive for if not for the amazing and inspiring talent abound in the LGBTQI artists that offer themselves to Theatre Bizarre. As such, we would like to share with you one of our favorite performers, Violet Chachki, who also happens to be celebrating a birthday today, as an embodiment of transcendence.

Zombo loves all creatures, regardless of identity, and the doors of Theatre Bizarre shall forever be open to all. Happy pride, my sweet minions!

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