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Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach

Last Sunday I went with friends to the Pageant of the Masters – this is the 75th year they have presented tableau vivant in an open-air theater. We were truly stunned by how beautiful these living paintings (and really strained our eyes to see the least hint of movement – Hey! He blinked!) truly are.

The show opened with some marble reliefs and readings from Shakespeare. My first reaction? These are not real people. That must come later. Wrong. Apollo and the Nine muses came next – stunning human recreations of Wedgwood statues. The masterful “paintings” kept coming: Degas, Toulouse-Latrec, and of course the annual finale, Da Vinci’s The Last Supper.

My favorite moments when they allowed the actors to move during the transition to the next “frame.” You honestly cannot believe when they dim the lights, bring them back up, and those people you just saw moving into position look as if they are part of a canvas.

This was a show I have wanted to attend for years and FINALLY did the whole re-dial over and over to try to get tickets (it sells out every year). It was well worth it and I plan to attend every year!

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