Celebrating their 84th anniversary, Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Taking place at the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Beach, audiences are amazed by 90 minutes of tableaux vivants ("living pictures"), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.
An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers have won recognition for the Pageant of the Masters as the best presentation of its kind.
Around 1,200 people (volunteers) try out to be in the show. Approximately 500 are either cast or work behind the scenes. They contribute more than 60,000 hours. The youngest cast member to date was 4 years old and the oldest cast member was in their late 80s.
The first Pageant of the Masters in 1933 ran only 8 days. Today, the Pageant has 56 performances.
Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper was first presented as the traditional finale in 1936. Since then, there have only been 3 years that da Vinci's The Last Supper was not re-created in the show.
The Pageant has rained out only three times in its entire history!
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 show, 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.
There'll also be no shortage of fun and surprises as the Pageant acknowledges two local milestones: the 85th anniversary of "living pictures" at the Festival of Arts and the 100th anniversary of Laguna Art Museum. You won't want to miss this exciting salute to a world of "art that lives and breathes" beneath the stars in the Pageant's beautiful amphitheater.
When: July 7 - September 1, 2018 (starts at 8:30 p.m. and lasts for 90 minutes)
Where: 650 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (outdoor amphitheater)
Admission: Advance tickets $15-$240
A Pageant ticket entitles one to free, unlimited admission to the Festival of Arts grounds all summer long. The Festival of Arts is the longest-running outdoor fine art exhibition in California, which features artwork from 140 award-winning artists from Orange County. Live concerts, dessert pairings and tours are also part of the festival that runs from July 5 - September 1, 2018.
In addition, you may also gain free admission to Laguna Art-A-Fair on the day that your Pageant ticket is valid. The Laguna Art-A-Fair is a fine art festival that includes over a hundred local and national artists, fine cuisine and workshops. The festival is open daily from July 5-September 1, 2018.
Purchase a Passport to the Arts for $24 and receive unlimited admission all summer long to the three art festivals, Festival of Arts, Laguna Ar-A-Fair, and Sawdust Art Festival. Each passport also includes a one-time free parking pass at the Act V parking lot. You can purchase your passport online, at any festival box office or at the Official Visitors Center. Passports exclude admission to the Pageant of the Masters.