The 2012 Pageant of the Masters debuted "The Genius" last weekend with a special VIP showing Friday and a sold-out performance at its official opening night Saturday.
Director Dianne Challis Davy had previously hinted at what was to come — a nod to the famed artists and minds that contributed to the collective conscious, and the link between art and science.
However, many who watched the special performance Friday night found the show to be out of this world — literally.
Without spoiling the show, the theatrics this year were the hot topic of conversation after the curtains closed on "The Last Supper," with many pointing to it as a reason this year's pageant trumps others.
An aria sung by soprano Ani Maldjian caught many onlookers by surprise.
"This show was one of the most technically challenging for us, and I'm pleased to say what I have been hearing from the audience is very gratifying," Challis Davy said in an email. "The special effects are better than I had imagined they would be."