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Pageant of The Masters

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.

Pageant of The Masters

What is the Pageant of The Masters?

Celebrating their 86th anniversary, Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. This 90-minute performance brings famous works of art to life on the stage. Taking place at the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Beach, audiences are amazed by 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.

Fun Facts

  • 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!
stage at Pageant of the Masters

2020 Pageant of the Masters: Cancelled. 


A behind the scenes look

Casting

casting for Pageant of the Masters

Make-Up

Pageant of Masters performer in make up

Headpiece Application

applying headpiece for Pageant of Masters

Costume

Pageant of the Masters costume

Stage

Pageant of the Masters live

Tableau Vivant/Living Picture

living picture at Pageant of the Masters

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