Pageant of the Masters

July 7 – August 31

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of 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. A live narrator serves as a guide through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra.

This year’s theme is “The Grand Tour.” In the 17th and 18th centuries, the desire to experience the world’s great art firsthand inspired the European tradition of continental travel on the Grand Tour. Inspired to set out on pilgrimages by land and sea to the great cultural centers of Europe, and eventually the globe, those early travelers often risked life and limb to stand in the presence of masterpieces. It is that original dedication to expanding one’s horizons by visiting the great art centers of Europe that fueled Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy’s excitement and research of this summer’s production.

The Pageant takes place at the Irvine Bowl, which is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. For more information call (800) 487-3378 or visit

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