Soap Stars at Festival of the Arts

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Daytime stars come out for a unique evening of entertainment.

Many of the stars of daytime came out to celebrate The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California and The Pageant of the Masters on August 24. The Pageant of the Masters is considered the most entertaining and star-studded night of the summer art season. The unique experience offers guests an evening of fine art and entertainment, and a presentation of a special performance titled The Time Machine in which actors are turned into living paintings and put on display. John O’Hurley (Greg Schaeffer, The Edge of the Night and Stephen Slade on Santa Barbara) hosted the evening, which also included a special performance by Melissa Manchester. The Festival of Arts sponsors art education programming, art exhibits and provides art scholarships to local high school students, along with grants for local non-profit art organizations. You can view a gallery of the stars from Bold and Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital and Young and Restless on the red carpet right here on Soaps.com.

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In attendance at this year’s festival included from The Bold and the Beautiful, Patrika Darbo (Shirley Spectra, and Nancy Wesley on Days of our Lives) and Christopher Knight (Dr. Andrews, and Peter on The Brady Bunch) and his wife Cara Kokenes. Present from Days of our Lives was real-life couple Shawn Christian and Arianne Zucker (Daniel Jonas and Nicole Walker) and Leann Hunley (Anna Brady DiMera). Stars from General Hospital included Donna Mills (Madeline Reeves), Patty McCormick (Monica Quartermaine) and her grandsons Nicholas and Nico. Finally from Young and the Restless, in attendance were Eva LaRue (Celeste Rosales) and her daughter Kaya Callahan and Kate Linder (Esther Valentine). Other celebrities who appeared included Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing), Robert Hays (Airplane!), Gregory Itzin (24), Jerry Mathers (Leave it to Beaver), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) and McKenzie Westmore (Face Off, Sheridan Crane on Passions).