It has been a summer of art festivals in Laguna Beach, the most outstanding of which is the Pageant of the Masters - "The Big Picture", and for those who have not seen it there is still time as it runs until August 31.
The Pageant of the Masters, is one of the most unique productions to wow audiences with it's 90 minutes of 'living pictures', where real people are made to look like the pieces of art, they are portraying. This is accompanied with a full orchestra and a live story narrator to guide the audience through each tableaux.
This year, for their 80th anniversary, the theme is the "Big Picture", a world class presentation of classic masterpieces, that over a period of time have inspired filmmakers and now entertains with theatrical illusions, each night through the balance of August beginning at 8:30 p.m.
As in past years, it takes a cast of hundreds of volunteers to re-create the classic roles that depicit the contemporary art works of the "Big Picture",as well as those working in the live orchestra, as narrators, backstage artists, and technicians. Audiences will thrill to the presentation in the outdoor amphitheater at 650 Laguna Canyon road in Laguna Beach. Tickets are still available for the remaining shows and can be purchased online or by phone at 1-800-487-3378.
On Aug 24 there will be a special 'Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant' with the multi-Grammy winner and two-time Academy award nominee, James Ingram, a special performance of the Pageant of the Masters and a raffle of a 2014 Acura RLX. Tickets start at $40 and can be ordered online or by phone.
Along with the pageant there is the "Festival of Art" show which also runs till Aug. 31. This is one of the oldest and best fine art shows where the works of 140 of Orange County's finest artists will be on display, along with art workshops, demonstrations of paintings by artists, daily tours by docents, and live music, all included with the admission ticket. Read all about it here.
Daily art tours - http://www.foapom.com/education/art-workshops-lectures/art-tours/
Special events - http://www.foapom.com/summer-art-show/special-events/