Pageant of the Masters - Art Brought to Life:
The Pageant of the Masters is the Festival of Arts' main event and one of the most exceptional art exhibitions in the whole world. It's world-famous in the artistry and theatrical illusion of living pictures, mini-documentaries that can "tell more of the story." Every night, in the summer, in an outside amphitheater, this well-known attraction is presented by the Festival of Arts.
This ninety-minute stage show of "living pictures"-- with a professional orchestra, live narration, elaborate sets, and advanced light--is a remarkably close artwork diversions of ancient and modern works with real people posing to look just like their counterparts in the first pieces.
The Pageant has been around for a long time, over eight decades and still holds it history and tradition, over the years the Pageant has balanced contemporary works with ancient masterpieces and Art. It has become more histrionic, creative and captivating, but one can still enjoy and sense the heritage of this glorious event. Over time it has also become more fluid, with smooth transitions usually brought to the viewing of the highly concentrating, anxious audience at the outdoor theatre.
Having in mind that Arts cannot only be seen but may also be heard, The L-Acoustics has been introduced, producing sounds conveying clarity and delight that has never been matched. This L-Acoustics system is a replica of the sound system used at the Hollywood Bowl and the Civic Opera House. When Art is felt in the soul, it only adds to the experience that will always be remembered.
Director Challis Davy has kept a clear vision which has remained unchanged over the decades; this is the fact that the Pageant of Masters is live theater. Over time, despite outburst of technology and improved innovations, there's never being a change in the way of coming up with the tableaux. There isn't any replacement for the time consuming, trial and error work that's done by the team. Set building, set painting, costumeries, make-ups... all these are still done exacting the old fashioned way.
In the course of her 17 years of being the Pageant manager, she's consistently been on the lookout for ways to make the Pageant only that much more theatrical, participating and inventive while honoring the awareness of history and tradition the Pageant has created during the almost eight decades of its. As costume designer, a painter and theatrical artist, she has reintroduced occasional live vocalists, themes and other histrionic gestures to the event.
For all the advancements and innovations, the Pageant is and will continue to be a narrated live theater with professional 30-piece orchestra, and hundreds of volunteers making up the cast and backstage support teams, and one whose experience will take a lifetime to forget.
By: Chris Cabrera