TR Robertson – July 5th marks the opening of the 90th annual Festival of the Arts and on July 7th the Pageant of the Masters performances begin in Laguna Beach. This year’s theme for the Pageant is “Wonderful World”, a celebration of international art that will take the audience to distant lands, cultural celebrations, and fascinating history of places around the world. The performance will “visit” 17 countries during the 90-minute program.
The Pageant of the Masters has been a Laguna Beach tradition since the 1930’s and now has grown to an event attracting over 225,000 visitors every summer. The Pageant will run from July 7th until September 3rd with ticket prices starting at $25 per person.
Some of the featured artists whose work will appear as tableaux vivants (“living pictures”) are Jean Beraud, Pieter de Hooch, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Edvard Eriksen, Carl Larsson, Diego Rivera, David Roberts, Watanabe Nobukazu and the traditional culminating production of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. The artwork will cover paintings, bronze work, marble statues, ceramic, lithographs, illustrations, and woodblock prints.
Photos by TR, Christopher Allwine and Sharon Lambert
Speaking with Brian Vidles, on a behind the scenes tour of the Pageant’s workshops, he explained the incredible artisanship displayed using wood, metal, and Styrofoam to recreate large scale versions of the masterpieces that will be used in the show. Brian said there were a few supply chain issues for some of the materials needed to construct the sets. David Cook, a 15-year veteran of working in the Pageant’s paint shop was working on the background for The Pigeons of St. Marks by G.G. Kilburne. Also working on various projects was Kim Knowlpon who has worked for four years in the Print Shop and ten years in make-up. Kim paints all the costumes used in the portrayal of the artwork so the costumes will look exactly like the artist painted them. Danie Stonebreker has been with the Pageant for six years and was working on The Rocket Thrower bronze sculpture and also assists in posing the performers. Each of the Pageant employees said they have become very adept in readapting pieces from previous shows to fit the new art pieces selected for the new productions.
An additional part of the Festival of the Arts and the Pageant of the Masters is the Summer Workshops and Classes offered each year. There are Printmaking Workshops, Ceramic Workshops, Youth Art Classes, Adult and Teen Classes, Wine and Painting Nights, and more. Other activities include Docent Art Tours, Laguna’s Finest Music Series, Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate, Concerts on the Green, a Grand Piano Music Series, and a Festival Runway Fashion Show to name a few of the additional activities’ visitors can enjoy.
The Festival of the Arts, located in the outside area before entering the Pageant amphitheater, features 120 Orange County artists in a juried selection. The Festival of the Arts opens at 4 pm Mon.-Fri. and at 10 am Sat. and Sunday. There is the Terra Restaurant in the Festival of the Arts, reservations recommended, and the Intermission grab and go snack concession stand. Picnic lunches can be brought in but there is a restriction on the bag sizes. Go to the web site for more detailed information. A free mobile app is also available that details pointers for the Festival of the Arts and the Pageant of the Masters. Follow the Festival on social media at @FestivalPageant or visit the web site at www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org .
For more information: www.PageantTickets.com Terra Laguna Beach Restaurant – 949-494-9650