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October 22, 2009

Over the past 12 years, the CHOC Follies has earned a reputation as one of Orange County’s most original – and most successful – charity events, raising more than $4.5 million for CHOC Children's since its inception. All Orange County residents are invited to be part of the fun. Auditions for CHOC Follies XIII: The Wizard of OC are right around the corner on Sunday, Nov. 1 from 2 – 4 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Join 100 of the county’s most prominent business, civic and society leaders as they sing and dance to raise funds for CHOC, Orange County's only children's hospital.

“Our motto is: 'If you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance',” said Executive Producer Gloria Zigner. “It’s not often you can have the time of your life entertaining thousands of people while raising money for a wonderful cause – help us hit that $5 million mark!”

Audition and Rehearsal Information
Anyone 21 and older who lives in Orange County is invited to audition – no theatrical experience is required. Participants only need to attend one of the auditions, to be held in groups. If interested in a solo part, participants need to bring music for the pianist or a tape. Participants should wear comfortable clothing.

Rehearsals will be held Saturdays and Wednesday evenings at 3420 Bristol St., Costa Mesa (across from South Coast Plaza on the corner of Bristol and Sunflower, California Bank & Trust – 4th Floor). The number of rehearsals participants will attend is determined by the production numbers they appear in and the size of their role. The first all-cast meeting will be held at the Island Hotel on Saturday, November 14 at 10 a.m.

Every cast member is required to raise a minimum of $1,000 through sponsorships, tickets and/or ads sales. Cameo sponsorship roles have a minimum number of rehearsals. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available.

CHOC Follies XIII: The Wizard of OC
This year’s Follies will run April 1- 3, 2010 at the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College. Tickets are $35 - $125. Proceeds from the 2009 and 2010 CHOC Follies have been designated to support the school room in CHOC Children’s new patient care tower, which is scheduled to open in 2013. The new school room will provide oncology patients, especially those who experience lengthy stays in the hospital, a designated space  to participate in CHOC’s school program. Creating a sense of normalcy that is crucial to patients' well-being, this program offers one-on-one education support for children whose temporary hospital stay disrupts their normal school routine.


Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes..

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.


Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: pr@chocchildrens.org


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