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!
The 2016 Pageant of the Masters sets out in search of stories of compelling collaborations that led to the creation of unforgettable artworks in this year's presentation of "Partners."
Featuring works from around the world, this year's production of "living pictures" highlights memorable art made possible by partnerships - between husbands and wives, siblings, artists and models, even artists and their patrons. This theatrical and musical journey will also consider how partnerships can become an ideal subject for masterpieces devoted to family, love and courtship, as well as historical, scientific and even fictional quests.
When: July 7 - August 31, 2016 (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-$230
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 - August 31, 2016.
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 June 24-August 28, 2016.
Purchase a Passport to the Arts for $24 and receive unlimed 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.