The Celebrity Benefit at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, the most entertaining and star-studded night of the summer art season, will be held in Laguna Beach on Saturday, August 27. This red carpet one-night affair will offer guests an evening of fine art, entertainment and a special performance of this summer’s popular Pageant of the Masters, titled “Partners.” Proceeds will support the Building Fund for renovations of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters facility.
The event begins at 5 pm with a private viewing of the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and red carpet arrivals walked by attending celebrities. The evening’s performer and Pageant host is Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress, singer and comedian Jane Lynch, fresh off her summer national tour of “See Jane Sing.” Joining her on the red carpet and on stage are special guests Kate Flannery of The Office and Tim Davis, Glee’s former vocal arranger.
Other guest celebrities scheduled to appear are Melissa Biggs (Baywatch), Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), A.J. Cook(Criminal Minds), Josie Davis (Charles in Charge), Robert David Hall (CSI), Tanna Frederick (Ovation), Jo Frost(Supernanny), Gloria Loring (Days of our Lives), Milena Govich (Finding Carter), Gia Mantegna (The Middle), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Jerry Mathers (Leave it to Beaver), Donna Mills (Knots Landing), Donna Pescow (Saturday Night Fever), Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami), Perry Reeves (Entourage), Joan Van Ark (Knot’s Landing), Kristen Vangsness(Criminal Minds), and Lisa Ann Walter (The Parent Trap) and many, many others.
Accompanied by a five-piece band, Lynch will show off her musical chops and comedic wit and charm. Her live performance will take audiences on a musical journey through a world of songs from Broadway to cabaret including “If Wishes Were Rainbows,” “Mr. Monotony,” and “Far From the Home I Love.”
After her show, Lynch will draw the winning ticket for a 2016 Acura TLX ($35,662 value). This is the conclusion of summer long raffle. Since the Festival season opened on July 5, visitors have been purchasing their raffle tickets in hopes to be the lucky winner. Raffle tickets will continue to be sold right up until 8 pm that night: $5 for one ticket, $20 for five tickets (winning ticketholder need not be present to win).
Culminating the evening, guests will enjoy a special performance of the 2016 Pageant of the Masters production of “Partners,” introduced by Lynch.
“It’s the most anticipated night of the season,” said Sharbie Higuchi, director of marketing and PR for the Festival of Arts. “We can’t wait to welcome Jane Lynch, our other celebrity friends and most of all, the Pageant fans who will have a fabulous time at this special event!”
Tickets are on sale now and range from $50–$250. Limited and open seating for Lynch’s performance and assigned seating for the Pageant of the Masters. The event is sponsored Southern California Acura Dealers, KOST 103.5 and Yamaha. To purchase tickets, go online to www.PageantTickets.com or call 1-800-487-3378. The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization that produces the Festival of Arts and the Pageant of the Masters.
For general information, call (949) 494-1145 or visit the website at www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org. The event is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California. Proceeds support the arts and art education in and about Laguna Beach.
About Jane Lynch
Actress Jane Lynch was raised outside of Chicago and first cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and in many church basements all over the greater Chicagoland area.
No stranger to the stage, Lynch made her Broadway debut in the 2013 production of Annie as Miss Hannigan in a limited run at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in New York. Soon thereafter, Lynch decided to embark on a her own musical comedy tour, “See Jane Sing” in which she mixes her signature quick wit with beloved Broadway songs.
Lynch is the host of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Host. Lynch also recently wrapped the final season of Glee on FOX for which she is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for portraying the iconic television character, Sue Sylvester. Some of her other recent credits include the STARZ series Party Down, Lovespring, a Lifetime original series, Desperate Housewives and Weeds as well as the last season of The L Wordopposite Cybill Shepherd. She also had recurring roles on Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds and The New Adventures of Old Christine. In addition to her television credits, Jane’s recent film credits include A.C.O.D, Three Stooges, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Wreck-It Ralph, Julie & Julia, Shrek Forever After, The Post Grad Survival Guide, Paul and Brownie Masters. Lynch also authored the autobiography Happy Accidents which topped several national best-sellers list, including the New York Times and LA Times.