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Behind-the-Scenes of the 2016 Pageant of the Masters

We attended the preview as a guest of the venue

Entrance to the Pageant of the Masters

In just a short few weeks art lovers from around the world will flock to Laguna Beach to see art come to life. The Pageant of the Masters will run from July 7th through August 31st at the Festival of Arts grounds.

We were honored to be invited for a behind-the-scenes look at how the art and characters come to life, and I documented every moment to share with you.

The Pageant made its debut in 1933 ran for only eight days.  Year after year art and theater lovers would travel to Laguna Beach to watch real people be magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of art.

The popularity of the Pageant has grown so much that now it has 56 sold out performances a season and has been mimicked in such shows as Arrested Development and Gilmore Girls.  The 2016 theme is “Partners” featuring works from around the world.

The various art pieces will depict partnerships between husbands and wives, siblings, artists and models, even artists and their patrons.  If you haven’t experienced the pageant, I highly recommend buying tickets now before they sell out.  Hopefully, my pictures will entice you to give it a try, and plan a date night to see one of the performances. Enjoy this exclusive inside look into the creation of the Pageant of the Masters.

actor in Pageant of the Masters on stage

applying makeup for Pageant of the Masters

artist for Pageant of the Masters

Artist painting at Pageant of the Masters

artist working at Pageant of the Masters

beautiful artwork in Pageant of the Masters

bringing art to life in Pageant of the Masters

bringing Pageant of the Masters to life

butterfly actress in Pageant of the Masters

butterfly wings in Pageant of the Masters

carriage in Pageant of the Masters

carving a sculpture for Pageant of the Masters

close-up look at art in Pageant of the Masters

costume for Pageant of the Masters

costumes in Pageant of the Masters

creating body parts for Pageant of the Masters

designing a set at Pageant of the Masters

designing part of the set in Pageant of the Masters

dressing actor for Pageant of the Masters

fairies in Pageant of the Masters

final set for Pageant of the Masters

final touches before showing Pageant of the Masters

getting ready to start Pageant of the Masters

hats work in Pageant of the Masters

lewis and clark in Pageant of the Masters

make-up artist in Pageant of the Masters

moon fairy in Pageant of the Masters

Pageant of the Masters coming to life

paint used at Pageant of the Masters

pictures come to life in Pageant of the Masters

piece of art at Pageant of the Masters

pure beauty Pageant of the Masters

sample artwork at Pageant of the Masters

sample artwork in Pageant of the Masters

sample costumes for Pageant of the Masters

scene Pageant of the Masters

sculpture in Pageant of the Masters

set design Pageant of the Masters

shoes to be work in Pageant of the Masters

stars and moon Pageant of the Masters

talented make-up artist in Pageant of the Masters

the magic of Pageant of the Masters

woman's dress for Pageant of the Masters

For more information about the Pageant of the Masters or to buy tickets please visit The Festival of Arts, Pageant of the Masters page at https://www.foapom.com/.

I’m an OC mom of two and photographer. I love living in Southern California and want to expose my children to all that it offers. I love taking my kids on adventures and capturing their every moment so much so that my kids find it odd if I don’t take their pictures. You can see my work on facebook.com/photosbynaz.
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