The Masquerade

The Masquerade this year is an all-new experience – maintaining the roots of a theatrical style, interactive, themed dance event, our goal is to transport the patrons of METROCON to a whole other world, and provide an experiential opportunity that is truly immersive and once in a lifetime. The Masquerade takes place on the Friday Evening of METROCON. The show will consist of scenes on stage, in the crowd, and with audience members involved, and the breaks will involve dancing, interactivity, suspense, drama, and a host of ways to meet new friends and truly make your cosplay come alive. The characters from the show will be out on the floor for the duration of the event as well to create unique memories with our fans. Dress code and interactivity details are below. Tickets are ten dollars ($10) online, and twelve dollars ($12) at Registration at the convention.

More information like synopsis, characters, and other details for The Masquerade 2017 are coming soon!

The Masquerade 2017

NeoTokyo is a technological marvel, and a burgeoning utopian society rebuilt after the dark times in its recent past. Gendo Ikari, commander of NERV, has begun a joint effort with the Public Safety Bureau to further the reach of the Sybil System, and show the true value of the Psycho-Pass technology as a means to achieve peace in the city.

Not all of the city’s residents are happy being branded a criminal by some faceless algorithm – a small resistance has arisen in the areas of NeoTokyo that are not yet under the surveillance of the Sybil System. There are rumors that the system itself is being powered by some sinister force, but these are largely denied by NERV and the PSB as propaganda from the resistance.

It has become apparent that humanity is at a turning point, staring down the future with both apprehension and hope. Beneath the hum of the new digital judge and jury, just beyond the shadows cast by neon fixtures and electric billboards, the crowded streets play their siren song of humanity and love – a commonality sure to exist on both sides of the law, even as society crumbles and reforms around its inhabitants.

How do you play into all of this?

The Psycho-Pass monitoring system is launching its next planned expansion into this very sector of the city. What does that mean to you, and where do you place your faith? Man, or machine? The collective, or the individual?

You are formally invited to join Mr. Ikari himself at the launch and inaugural “baseline scan” of the precinct this summer. The launch party takes place on the Friday evening of METROCON – the people behind the technology and the efforts towards peace in the city are hopeful that you will join them for undeniably the safest party on Earth.

The Masquerade 2017: Characters

Click images for character names and source!

The Masquerade – F.A.Q.

What is the dress code for The Masquerade?

The goal here is not to be part of an audience, but to be part of the experience. That being said, patrons are required to wear a cosplay of any kind, or to be dressed for the theme of the event. This year’s theme for the event is “The Masquerade: NeoTokyo”, so think anything dystopian, from the futuristic formal wear in the Capital of the Hunger Games, to the vinyl and streetwear of The Matrix, Akira, Battle Angel Alita, and other cyberpunk dystopian fiction. This is a distinct change from previous years of this event, as we are more focused on the immersive nature and interactivity than explicitly the “formal ball” requirement. We will definitely still have dance breaks, and we do still highly recommend “dressing to impress” because you never know who you might meet at The Masquerade. Any specific Dress Code questions can be sent to FantasyMasquerade@Gmail.com.

You keep saying "interactive experience" - what do you mean?

First and foremost, anyone attending in cosplay will be addressed by our actors (and we encourage by other patrons as well) by the character they are dressed as. If you come to the event dressed as Vash, we want you to really put the “play” in cosplay, and be that character with us all night long! Our performers will be in the crowd making you and your character a part of the story, whether you’re cosplaying or wearing themed attire – you’ll be asked questions, and potentially get wrapped up in the story itself as a major influencer!

Do I need a Masquerade Mask to attend?

No, you don’t  – another distinct change from previous years. We are, however, going to be enforcing the cosplay or themed attire requirement as listed above – you’re part of a living world and environment once you enter that room, and we want you to keep up the illusion! Think more “disguise”, and less “masque” when you hear the term “Masquerade”.

Do I need to buy a separate ticket for The Masquerade?

Yes. The Masquerade is a ticketed event that is separate from your weekend pass – conversely, you do not need a weekend pass to buy a Fantasy Masquerade ticket. They can also be pre-ordered on our website. Note: The VIP Upgrade DOES include The Masquerade ticket – don’t buy BOTH!

I have a song I would like to hear played at The Masquerade!

That is excellent. We would love to hear your suggestion, and you can send it to FantasyMasquerade@Gmail.com. We can’t promise it will be played, as there is a limited amount of song slots, but the sooner you send your suggestion, the better.

Can I bring my child to The Masquerade?

The Masquerade is Rated PG-13. Keep that in mind – but otherwise, we’re a super family-friendly environment at METROCON,  and we always welcome kids to events based on parental discretion that the content is appropriate for their specific kids.

I would like to audition for the Fantasy Masquerade!

That’s great! Audition information is on the Event Auditions page under the Events tab.

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