Pageant of the Masters


Jul 12, 2018 – 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

(daily until Sep 1, 2018)

650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Map

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The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. This uber-creative, one-of-a-kind show combines theater, performance art and art history. Each evening during the summer season, classic and contemporary works of art are faithfully re-created with theatrical illusion and real people posing as living pictures. A live narrator serves as a guide through the story of each re-creation accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra.

In the early years of the 20th century, a new generation of impressionists and plein air painters set up their easels outdoors and reveled in the natural beauty to be found as far as the eye could see. In the 2018 Pageant of the Masters, “Under the Sun,” theatrical magic, live music and light-hearted storytelling will honor Laguna’s own and other artistic pioneers from around the world who left their studios in search of new inspiration.
Advance Tickets $15 - $240 (Includes season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show)
Pageant of the Masters: Since 1932, Laguna Beach, California's Pageant of the Masters has remained a widely attended and unique art festival. The pageant is apart of an annual Festival of the Arts event which showcases many genres of both classical and modern art. While the festival is popular in its own right, the pageant is well known for its tableaux vivant (or "living art") exhibitions. In addition to both professional and amateur art exhibitions, the festival also provides local music, food, wine, crafts, and other activities that are ideal for a family outing.

For those not familiar with tableaux vivant, it is the recreation of both classic and modern works of art using real people against painted backgrounds to create living recreations of photographs or paintings. The "paintings" are often accompanied by music characteristic of the era in which the piece of art was originally created, providing an unforgettable multi-sensory experience.

The Festival of the Arts runs from July 3 to August 31, with the Pageant of the Masters beginning on July 7 and ending on the same day as the festival. The festival and pageant are open everyday, with the pageant beginning at 8:30pm nightly. This year's pageant theme is "Only Make Believe", which will mean fantastic and elaborate tableaux vivants that are sure to amaze and inspire the imagination. Don't miss an opportunity to attend the 2011 Pageant of the Masters and experience this one-of-a-kind art event!

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