Pageant: You’ve Come A Long Way Baby
The 85th run of the Pageant of the Masters has come a long way since 1933 when a parade of costumed characters added enchantment to the budding art festival. Each night living characters posed in a rolling wagon and brought iconic subjects like Mona Lisa and The Sistine Madonna to life. From these humble beginnings, the Pageant of the Masters was born.
For the past 23 years Producer/Director, Diane Challis Davy has had to dig deep for inspiration and start each pageant from scratch. When those ideas spring, a team of artistic geniuses then conceptualize 90 minutes of back to back living pictures alongside a factual and entertaining script with original score performed by a live orchestra.
This year’s theme “Under The Sun” came from a stunning visual Challis Davy witnessed on a drive home. “It expresses an awareness and appreciation of the beauty of nature, to focus on artists who choose to paint in the ‘open air’ and to acknowledge how French impressionism influenced artists around the world to record their own personal reflections.” The pageant travels to Europe but also pays tribute to the days of yore in our own backyard.
The Centennial celebration for the Laguna Art Museum will play a big part in this year’s pageant addressing the history of Laguna’s art colony, its founding members and other local artists that settled here to paint the majesty of Laguna in the early 20th century. The script, full of historical facts, intrigue and humor is written by Dan Duling and is narrated live by Richard Doyle who succeeded Skip Conover in 2010. The Pageant/Festival family are mourning the recent passing of Conover who never missed a single show in his 17 year tenure.
July 7–Sept. 1, Nightly at 8:30pm.