Monday, July 25, 2005

How'd They Do That?

Attended the 2005 Pageant of the Masters tonight in Laguna Beach. For 73 years they've used live humans to represent actual art on stage. It's quite something to see.

This year's theme, "On the Road -- A Crash Course in Popular Art and Culture" was a great one. Lots of art about travel to foreign lands, Route 66, the Circus -- even fancy automobile hood ornaments. The art looks so "real" it's amazing.

My colleague, Anita Mangels, is the president of the Board of Directors of the Festival of Arts, which presents the pageant each year. After the show she took us on a backstage tour which was fascinating. Up close the costumes and wigs and sets look so basic. But when you watch the show it's dazzling.

The pageant runs every night until September 1.
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