With fire-breathing dragons, fair maidens, heroic males and a sparkling script dramatized by a new voice, "Only Make Believe" enchanted the audience invited to the Wednesday night preview of the 2011 Pageant of the Masters.
"We are telling stories about ancient and modern superheroes and strange, mythical creatures," said Dan Duling, pageant script writer for 31 years. "You don't have to believe in fairies, dragons or beasts like centaurs or griffins to be drawn into the artistic fantasies that help them stay alive in our dreams."
Wednesday night was a dream come true for Duling as he had the chance to meet artist Sandow Birk, whose works open the second act.
"In my 31 years with the pageant, I have only been really excited to meet two people who have come to the show: Steve Martin, who truly understands and appreciates art, and Sandow Birk," Duling said.
Birk's attendance was also a treat for scene painter and long-time fan David Cooke, who enlarged four of the artist's works to the stage scale.