Watch Life Imitate Art with Ritz-Carlton and the Pageant of the Masters

  • Pageant of the Masters features performers who reenact iconic paintings. Seen here is the painting "Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central" by Diego Riveras.
  • Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel
  • Gerolamo Induno's “The kiss on the hand” Painting

From July 7 through August 31, the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Pageant of the Masters Behind the Velvet Rope package will give guests a unique peek as art comes to life. The overnight experience celebrates the popular Pageant of the Masters, a procession of tableaux vivants (living pictures) that feature performers who reenact iconic paintings—a highlight of the annual Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, Calif., since 1933.

The theme for this year’s pageant is “Partners,” in recognition of history’s important artistic collaborations, and so Ritz-Carlton has designed its program to be shared by two. Along with an ocean-view accommodation, guests will receive a pair of Premier Loge Center tickets to the pageant performance, a behind-the-scenes tour of the production, a private docent tour of the Festival of Arts, and tickets to the festival’s juried art show. In addition, the resort’s Pageant of the Masters “Partners” experience will provide the same access (sans guided tours) and accommodations with a pool and garden view.

Complemented by a professional orchestra, live narration, and 60,000 volunteers, the Pageant of the Masters runs nightly for eight weeks and is seen by over 250,000 attendees throughout its duration. The Behind the Velvet Rope and “Partners” packages start at $1,999 and $849 per couple, respectively. (ritzcarlton.com)

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