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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 Theme "Made in America"

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. The 2020 show, MADE IN AMERICA, will feature artists, revolutionaries, innovators, and dreamers who not only made this country home, but let their creativity be inspired by the freedoms upon which our nation was founded. 

When

July 8 - September 3, 2020 (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 8 - September 3, 2020.

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 8- September 3, 2020.

Purchase a Passport to the Arts for $29 and receive unlimited admission all summer long to the three art festivals, , Laguna Art-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. 

Rentals

Binoculars $10
Seat Cushions $3
Blankets for purchase $8

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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