When I was young we had a home in Laguna Beach so Pageant of the Masters was something we would see every summer and take friends to who were visiting us. The show is amazing and this was the first time I had seen it in over 20 years. It has gotten even better since I was a child. If you are unfamiliar with Pageant of the Masters, it is a live performance of paintings, tableaux vivants (living pictures). Which means the entire performance are people who are painted into classic paintings. It is set in an outdoor amphitheater, with an orchestra, live narration and is incredible to watch. Every year the theme changes and this is was Under the Sun, which is a tribute to the 85th anniversary to the Pageant and 100th year anniversary to the Laguna Beach Museum.
We attended the Celebrity Benefit that will help the Building Fund for renovations of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters Facility. It was Hosted by actress Sarah Drew and had a musical performance by Grammy winning record producer and vocalist, Steve Tyrell. Other notable guests include some the cast from the show Criminal Minds, Joe Mantegna, Daniel Henney, and Matthew Gray Gubler. Also our local celebrity weather man Dallas Raines. and many more.
This years theme was called Under the Sun, what I loved about it was it told the story of Orange County but focused on Laguna Beach. I love attending the Pageant because the audience is so in awe. With every new living painting that is presented you will hear the entire crowd cheer and comment on how they can’t believe that the paintings are people. This is a show that you have to see at least once in your life.
Some tips, you can rent a cushion for the chair at the event. I recommend making a reservation at the restaurant because it fills up very quickly. If you are like me and gets cold easily you can bring blankets to the event so that you can cuddle up when watching the show.
You can still catch the performance it runs till Sept 1st. If you miss Under the Sun, the Pageant is also doing a special Halloween Themed one that will run a short time in the end of October.
Get tickets here, Pageant of the Masters.