In The Arts

April 21, 2011
  • Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle (Pageant of the Masters,…)

New announcer named for Pageant

The Pageant of the Masters has found a new voice. Richard Doyle has taken over as narrator.

Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy announced in a news release last week that the founding artist at South Coast Repertory would now be the voice behind the production during this summer's "Only Make Believe."

Doyle is replacing 17-year veteran Skip Conover, who announced his retirement after last year's "Eat, Drink and Be Merry."

No stranger to the stage, Doyle acted in nearly 200 productions at South Coast Rep, including "A Christmas Carol," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Weir." Challis Davy first saw Doyle at South Coast Rep's original theater on Newport Boulevard in the 1970s.

"For me, Richard was the obvious choice," Challis Davy said in a statement. "I never had a second thought."

Interestingly enough, Doyle has never before attended the pageant. However, he looks forward to the new venture and said he sees the pageant as an opportunity for the community to come together and appreciate the arts.


"For me, after 25 years as a voice talent and being an actor for five decades, this is something new and exciting," Doyle said in a statement. "In the voice-over field, this is a prestigious job. It is a known art event in a very unique theatrical venue."

"Only Make Believe" will run from July 7 to Aug. 31. For tickets, contact the Pageant of the Masters at or call (949) 497-3378.


See 'Silence' this April

"Silence," a photography exhibit full of renowned names will be on display at the AR4T Space, 210 N. Coast Hwy.

Cheyenne Ellis, who once worked with famed photographer Irving Penn, curated the exhibit, the name inspired by "clear, quiet moments."

"I see this show as a breath of fresh air," she said in a statement. "A visual perspective from some great minds on what they interpret as quiet."

Kevin Zacher, who has shot for Esquire, Interview and ESPN, among others, is showing new works during the exhibit. Other artists include snowboarding photographer Cole Barash and U.S. athlete ambassador Lauren Ross.

The exhibit debuted during the April 7 Art Walk and remains up until April 30.

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Earth Day cleanup and concert

Earth Day is Friday, and the city is coming together in hopes of a citywide cleanup.

Hotel Laguna and HelpBlueWater are looking for volunteers to act as neighborhood captains. They hope to comb every beach, street and back trail in one day.

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