The Pageant of the Masters opened the curtain on the Festival of Arts 2010 season Monday night with a sneak preview of "Eat, Drink and Be Merry," the theme of the 77th show, which opens July 7.
Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy had the theme of the new production picked even before the economy tanked. But the economy made the theme of human resiliency more timely.
"In tough times, most of us could use some art entertainment that's just for the fun of it," Challis Davy said.
More than 80 volunteers and script writer Dan Duling participated in the research for the tableaux vivants, which are life imitating art with live models posing as the subjects of paintings and sculpture.
The original painting for one of this year's tableaux was found on the Festival Grounds: "Coffee and Donuts," by Scott Moore, a past president of the festival and an exhibitor for 31 years.