Last night, I got to attend a rehearsal for a performance known as the “Pageant of the Masters” in Laguna Beach. In a nutshell, the event uses live actors and life size sets to recreate classic artwork. It is billed as the event where “art comes to life” and it creates what they call “living pictures.” It was cool to go behind the scenes and see how it is all done. Unfortunately though, every single media member within a 100 mile radius of Los Angeles also attended making it a bit cramped in a small makeup room. I think most of my time was spent making sure other cameras/reporters/pseudo-journalists were out of my frame. Either way though, it was a cool event. If you didn’t know better, you would think these paintings were the real thing– without actors placed in them.
And to give you an idea of what the final product looks like, see the images below. Not the coolest-looking images, but they show you how real the paintings look when they are turned around and presented to the audience. Yes, those are real living and breathing human beings in those paintings: