F.A.Q.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO NIGHTS:

Friday is an exclusive Formal Masquerade Gala with an audience limit of 450.
This is an intimate, guided tour showcasing this years headlining talent.
Ticket includes Strolling Dinner, Open Bar, and Valet Parking. There are many special performances planned just for this evening.
6:30 pm Doors
7:00pm – 8:00pm Cocktail Reception in entrance lobby
8:00pm – 10:30pm Strolling Dinner and performances begin in The Grand Hall
10:30pm – 11:30pm Follow the procession as we rise up through the many levels of Theatre Bizarre
10:40pm – 2:00am Entertainment begins in the Asylum with pockets of mystery abound. Desserts and coffee will be served in the Odditorium with DJs and Dancing.
Price $260  – plus delivery fees

Saturday is our main event
Theatre Bizarre inhabits 8 floors of the building encompassing 5 main stages, 19 performance spaces and countless areas for spontaneous theatrics. The event hosts hundreds of performers including upwards of 20 bands, world class burlesque, circus sideshow acts from across the country and so much more!
Ticket only includes entry to the event.
Event hours  6:30 pm – 4:00 am
Price $85 before September 15th  –   $95 on September 15th until they sell out  – plus delivery fees

DRESS CODE POLICY:

Friday – The Preview Gala and Masquerade:

The Preview Gala is a costume-mandatory masquerade event. To ensure the quality of the event and the experience of our patrons, dress attire and masks are required for all in attendance.

Attire: Formal or semi-formal attire is required–tuxedos or suits for men and formal masquerade gowns or corset dresses for women. Guests may also wear wigs, hats and makeup, but these should be appropriate for a formal setting. (ie – powdered wigs for women and period-style hats for men.)

Examples: Black Tie, Formal, Secret Society, Venetian Carnival, Aristocratic, Steampunk, Historical, Masquerade, Period-wear, Gothic dress or Fashion chic is acceptable. Variations on these themes is encouraged.
No jeans, sneakers or T-shirts.

Masks: Masquerade masks can be small pieces that only cover the eyes to large masks that may include oversized noses, beaks, feathers, etc.  It is best to choose a mask that does not cover your mouth so that you can eat and drink easily. No character / monster / zombie / hero / novelty costume or related masks will be allowed. You cannot substitute makeup for a mask.
(Note: Any cross-dressing still must adhere to the dress code.)

Saturday – Theatre Bizarre:

Saturday is an open costume event and the preview gala guidelines DO NOT apply. However Theatre Bizarre is a costume-mandatory event. The magic of Theatre Bizarre is the originality and effort put on display by everyone involved, from our dedicated crew to the performers to each and every one who attend this event. Some patrons make their costumes themselves, others have them made, and others mix and match elements to to craft something unique; creativity is the key. If you arrive without wearing a costume YOU WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY WITHOUT REFUND.

THIS POLICY APPLIES TO ALL PATRONS, CREW, PERFORMERS, VENDORS, PRESS, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND GUESTS. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.

NO ONE UNDER 21:

Theatre Bizarre is a adult event with mature content. Photo ID is required to enter.

PHOTO POLICY:

Theatre Bizarre encourages event participants to take photographs. Due to increased media exposure we have noticed significant numbers of professional photographers crowding onto the stages to take photos and blocking the rows directly in front of the stages. To ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone, we enforce the following guidelines:

Equipment Guidelines:

~Hand-held point and shoot, self-contained photography equipment is allowed under all circumstances. (no SLR cameras)
~Please refrain from using flash when taking photographs. We find the use of flash not only results in flat, undesirable photos due to the nature of the event lighting, it is also highly unpleasant for other patrons as well as incredibly distracting and disruptive to our performers.
~Use of additional equipment (tripods, lights, detachable lenses etc.) requires an approved media pass. Building and event security will not permit you to enter the venue with this kind of equipment if you are not in possession of a valid media pass.
~The individual or party who requests the media pass is responsible for all equipment brought to the venue.
~No professional audio or video recording devices are allowed at anytime.
~ No selfie sticks

FILM/PHOTO RIGHTS:

All film rights are reserved. Commercial use of photos, videos or audio tapes made at the event without written permission from the Theatre Bizarre LLC is strictly prohibited.

WHAT CAN I BRING INSIDE THE VENUE:

~Small Bags, Single Compartment Backpacks, Fanny Packs, and Purses (Max. 12’’ x 12’’)
~Non‐Professional Still Cameras
~Cell Phones
~Hats
~Lighters
~Packs of Cigarettes
~Empty plastic containers for water fill up
~Earplugs

WHAT CAN I NOT BRING INSIDE THE VENUE:

~Outside food or beverage
~Alcohol , drugs, or drug paraphernalia
~Glass bottles or metal cans
~Blankets, chairs, flags
~Fireworks, explosives, laser pointers, slingshots, flashlights
~fire extinguishers
~Professional camera equipment (no cameras with detachable lenses or any SLR camera body), tripods, audio recording devices,
~Spray paint
~Stickers, flyers, posters
~Sharpies/markers
~Pets (with the exception of service animals)
~Water guns
~Squirt bottles, soap bubbles, noise making devices (ie. horns, cowbells, whistles)
~Beach balls, frisbees, skateboards, skates
~Gang attire
~Oversized purses/backpacks
~Any other item deemed inappropriate by management

WEAPONS POLICY:

~All guns must be orange tipped and verified as toys by security before entry.
~NO AIRSOFT or any toy capable of firing a projectile are allowed in the event.
~Longbows are allowed as long as they are not strung, arrows with tips are not allowed.
~Swords, knives, dirks and daggers must be completely sheathed and peace-tied.
~Baseball bats, Axes, claymores, maces, pikes and halberds are NOT allowed in the venue.
~No drawing of any weapon at any time.
~Whips must be peace-tied in a manner that they cannot be unrolled.

CAN I LEAVE OR GO TO MY CAR AND COME BACK IN:

There is a strict No Reentry policy. Once you leave the building you will not be allowed to come back in.

WHERE CAN I EAT:

There will be food available for sale at the show with a range of dining choices, have some cash on hand (ATMs available if you need more).

IS ALCOHOL PERMITTED:

You may not bring alcohol into the venue. Alcohol is avaialble for purchase throughout the venue. Make sure to bring your ID as this is a 21+ event only.

WILL MERCHANDISE BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE:

Yes, there will be Theatre Bizarre merchandise as well as a photo booth.

IS THERE COAT CHECK AVAILABLE:

Yes, coat check is on the main lobby floor and is available for $3 per coat

WHERE IS FIRST AID LOCATED:

If you require first aid any one of our security staff will have our on site EMT or nurse assist you.

WHERE IS THE LOST AND FOUND:

Lost and Found is located in the main lobby at coat check

WHERE SHOULD I BOOK A ROOM:

Here is a list of hotels within one mile of the venue, but please book early

~MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
~MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48226
~The Westin Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
~Holiday Inn Express, 1020 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
~Doubletree by Hilton, 525 West Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
~Hilton Garden Inn, 351 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226
~Greektown Casino Hotel, 555 East Lafayette Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
~The Atheneum, 1000 Brush Ave., Greektown, Detroit, MI 48226

WHAT ARE THE DISABILITY ACCESS AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Most of the venue is easily accessible by wheelchair. Note the only handicapped entrance with a chair lift is on the rear of the building. Security will direct you and your party on how to gain entry.

I’M INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING. WHERE DO I SIGN UP:

There are many who work countless hours before, during, and after Theatre Bizarre to create the magic and atmosphere you have come to love. All volunteers must register at http://theatrebizarre.org/volunteer-register/

DO I GET A FREE TICKET IF I VOLUNTEER:

That is the most common question. Receiving a ticket in exchange for volunteering is incredibly rare. If it does occur it usually applies to people who work with-in Theatre Bizarre year-round as volunteers and are highly accountable. These are not roles that are easy to jump into. Generally a person will volunteer for a while, sometimes years. Then they become a team leader or more involved. Ticket sales are Theatre Bizarre’s primary source of revenue. There is no corporate sponsorship and Theatre Bizarre receives no revenue from bar sales, food sales or parking. Ticket sale dollars help pay for fixed costs of putting on the event, including equipment rentals, building materials, and entertainment. It is best not to expect a free ticket for any volunteer work you do. The only volunteers that gain entry to the event are those that work during the event. Do not let that discourage you. We always welcome anyone to come and be a part of the magic and many of our most dedicated go on to become paid staff.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE A SPECIALIZED INTEREST OR SKILL TO CONTRIBUTE (SUCH AS RIGGING, PYROTECHNICS, MEDICAL, LEGAL, CARPENTRY):

Please indicate any special interests or skills that you may have when filling out the Volunteer Questionnaire and we will try to connect you to the right person. If you have checked off a special skill, that information will be stored in our database and quite possibly used to contact you for other volunteer needs in the future.

HOW CAN I APPLY TO PERFORM AT THEATRE BIZARRE:

All performers from bands to sideshow acts must register and submit for consideration at http://theatrebizarre.org/performer-audition-form/

 

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