Pageant of the Masters brings new meaning to live art! Taking the stage for its 90th anniversary, the Pageant of the Masters returns to the Festival of Arts. Performed at the outdoor amphitheater of the Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach, California, Pageant of the Masters features nightly productions from July 7 until September 1. Go to TodayTix for your Pageant of the Masters tickets and a chance to see art come to life right before your eyes!
This year, the Pageant of the Masters presents, “Art Colony: In the Company of Artists,” celebrating artists supporting and cooperating with one another throughout history. Directed by Diane “Dee” Challis Davy, the Pageant of the Masters is a pageant with narration and original scoring performed by a live orchestra. Classical and contemporary works of art are recreated with elaborate sets, complex lighting, intricate costumes and makeup, and handpicked actors.
Pageant of the Masters tickets also include unlimited access to the Festival of Arts all summer. Enjoy live music, art exhibits, and the opportunity to meet artists at the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show!
July 7th, 2023
September 1st, 2023
The Pageant of the Masters began in 1933 at the second Festival of Arts. Artist Lolita Perine came up with the idea for live works of art. Enlisting the help of Laguna Beach residents, Perine put on the first pageant. In 1934, the Festival of Arts organizers brought back Perine’s concept, dubbing it The Spirit of the Masters Pageant.
A local couple, Roy and Marie Ropp, were hired to revamp the living art presentation the following year. They renamed it the Pageant of the Masters. Known as the “Father of the Pageant,” Roy Ropp oversaw the pageant’s production from 1935 until 1941 when the Festival of Arts was put on hold during World War II. Pageant of the Masters has since gained worldwide fame with The New York Times claiming, “There is nothing else in the world like it.”
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