As a child, the fairy tales and stories that shape your imagination seem to come to fruition by the perseverance of your own creativity. However, with this year's Pageant of the Masters — titled "Only Make Believe" — "Alice in Wonderland," "Peter Pan," "Arabian Nights" and other childhood stories come to life right before your eyes.
On Tuesday, the media got a sneak peek of the 78th Pageant at the Festival of the Arts — which begins July 7 — watching makeup artists work their magic, seeing the actors' wardrobes and chatting with the volunteers who let the theatrical art production carry on year to year.
The first glimpse the group got was of Alice of "Alice in Wonderland." Two playing cards turned to reveal the girl in two scenes, one with a turtle and another with the dodo, played by Emma Kalb, 6, and Milan Pekarek, 7. Standing only a few feet away, it was exciting trying to decipher between the real and the "art."