2022 Pageant Of The Masters celebrates travel and culture in WONDERFUL WORLD, July 7

The Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach takes off on a journey around the world with this summer’s production of Wonderful World from July 7 to September 2.

A celebration of art through the magic of tableaus vivants (“living images”), the Pageant is highly regarded for its breathtaking theatrical illusions accompanied by original music, live narration, extravagant sets and detailed costumes. This year’s show, Wonderful World, is a love letter to the joys of travel and the wonderful art found around the globe.

Each night in the Irvine Bowl Amphitheater, located at the Festival of the Arts, audiences will be transported around the world to 17 countries during the 90-minute performance. Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now at PageantTickets.com or by calling (800) 487-3378. The Pageant of the Masters is sponsored in part by Volvo, Fidelity Investments, Celebrity Cruises, KOST Radio 103.5 and The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Travels and adventures around the world inspired Pageant of the Masters producer/director Diane Challis Davy, now in its 26th season, to choose the Wonderful World theme. “One of my favorite heroines who inspired me for this year’s competition is the fearless American journalist Nellie Bly,” Challis Davy shared. “In the 1890s, she attempted to circumnavigate the globe in less than 80 days, the challenge imagined in Jules Verne’s fictional classic Around the World in 80 Days. We are looking for her related travel diaries, diaries and ephemera to her ambitious solo journey. . Did she accomplish her mission? We’ll have to see the show!”

The production of “Wonderful World” will include live recreations of art from around the world, including works by Swedish painter Carl Larsson, Mexican artist Diego Rivera, French painter Jean Béraud, Denmark’s Edvard Eriksen, Japanese artist Toyohara Chikanobu and many others. .

“There are so many great works of art to recreate,” continues Challis Davy. “I also particularly like our selections of African art, and our recreations of works by Swedish painter Carl Larsson. There is a beautiful painting of a Venice canal with carnival revelers by Tiepolo. And we will finish the first act by a fantastic world dance I think the end result is that we will have a wide range of artwork. We will visit 17 countries in 90 minutes. That’s what I call a “Bon Voyage!”

Storytelling has always been an integral part of Pageant’s theatrical vision, and screenwriter Dan Duling took a moment to congratulate Richard Doyle, the Pageant’s narrator. “Writing for Richard is a privilege and a pleasure,” said Duling. “He’s a total pro.” A founding member of South Coast Repertory, Doyle won rave reviews last winter playing the role of Scrooge in their beloved production of A Christmas Carol. This summer, Pageant audiences will once again hear him perform live every night.

“I hope that traveling the world and experiencing life in other countries will soon become easy again,” said Challis Davy. “In the meantime, we will celebrate – through vivid imagery, music and dance – here at Irvine Bowl. And our professional composers and orchestra will fill the Bowl with original, authentic music from around the world.”

Challis Davy added, “We’re going to do everything we can to ensure that Wonderful World is full of thrills, great stories, great music and extraordinary vivid imagery under the stars.”

“Wonderful World” runs from July 7 to September 2, 2022 with tickets starting at $30. A Pageant ticket is also a season pass for the 90th Annual Festival of Fine Arts (July 5 – September 2, 2022). To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, follow the Festival on social media at @FestivalPageant and visit PageantTickets.com.

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (“living images”), incredibly faithful recreations of classic and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original parts.


July 7 – September 2, 2022

Performances every evening at 8:30 p.m.

Advance tickets $30 – $300

A Pageant ticket doubles as a season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

(800) 487-3378


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