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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Open Casting Call for Pageant of the Masters

The world famous Pageant of the Masters is looking for volunteers to participate in the 2012 summer show of “The Genius”. Open casting calls will be held at the Irvine Bowl on the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Beach. Be a part of the magic of living pictures. It’s a great summer family fun activity!

Not familiar with Pageant of the Masters? Check out my post from last summer.

As a college student on summer break thirty years ago, I was a pageant volunteer.  I worked at Las Brisas restaurant during the day and performed in the pageant at night.  The show is double cast so the commitment is every night every other week. Volunteers will perform in the pageant seven nights in a row, then will have seven nights off.  You can ask approved substitutes (same body type and height) to step in if you have a schedule conflict, so don’t let the time commitment keep you away.  It’s an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.  Whole families volunteer each year, so talk to your family and discuss the possibility of being a part of something wonderful this summer.

Here are just a few of the pieces of art being recreated this summer

John Singer Sargent: The Oyster Gatherers of Cancale

NORMAN ROCKWELL: Picasso vs. Sargent

Samuel Morse: Gallery of the Louvre

Paul Manship: Armilary Sphere (Cycle of Life)




Casting Call- “The Genius”
Irvine Bowl:  650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach

Saturday, January 7th, 7pm – 9pm
Sunday, January 8th: 2 – 5pm
Thursday, January 12th: 7 – 9 pm
Or call for an appointment after January 12th

Volunteers of all ages are needed. No theater experience necessary.
For more information call (949)494-3663 or visit the pageant website.


You should be in Pictures!

The king of trial and error Thomas Edison once famously said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Few people are more aware of the amount of time and effort that will be required to turn her inspiration into the 2012 Pageant of the Masters than its director Diane Challis Davy. But, even as she finalizes her selections of artworks for next summer’s world-famous theatrical celebration of art in “living pictures” – tableaux vivants – Challis Davy is excited about the possibilities inherent in its theme, The Genius.

“The theme actually originated back in 2009 when we produced The Muse,” Challis Davy explained. “That show examined women’s roles in making and inspiring art, and was selected from a feminine point of view. I thought it would be interesting to craft a ‘companion’ show, one with a masculine sensibility, focusing on the power, strength and intelligence inherent in masterful works of art.”
Longtime Pageant scriptwriter Dan Duling, already busy researching the narration for the show, added, “Genius exists in every field of endeavor, and it’s a fantastic source for moving stories of triumph, tragedy and courage. If you’re looking for inspiration, this show is going to dare you to think big.”

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