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“A must see, especially if you have never been.”

Pageant of the Masters
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located on the Festival of Arts grounds is one of the most unique theatrical productions in the world, the Pageant of the Masters. Watch real people be magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of art. A live narrator guides you through the story of each living picture accompanied by a full orchestra. Shows are nightly. There is nothing like it anywhere... only in Laguna Beach.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Rancho Mirage, California
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A must see, especially if you have never been.”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

A magnificent production of Old Masters as well as more modern artworks and sculpture. Representations are done with real people. The narration and orchestral performance are tops!

Visited August 2013
Thank Paula G
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Unique Experience, Wonderful Entertainment”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

If you come to Laguna Beach, CA anytime between late June and Labor Day, it is an absolute "must" to visit this show. This is unlike any show that you will ever see. In the Pageant, live people actually become pictures of art. If you sit up close, you will see the actors don't breathe for a period of time. They don't flinch and they don't sneeze or cough. This amazing performance has been running for 80 years and every year they have a new theme. The 2013 theme was movies and how fine art relates to the movies or also, how the movies relate to fine arts. There is a narration and then the scene comes on stage framed in a giant picture frame. The last recreation of every show is always the DaVinci's "Last Supper." In between there were scenes from 14th, 15th, 18th and 20th century paintings. This year, one outstanding scene was the recreation of Erte's work. There were beautiful costumes, beautiful actor statues and much more to enjoy. This is honestly a not to be missed experience. You will see many types of shows, but none like this. It is a "Don't Miss!"

Visited August 2013
Thank Myra G
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