April 08, 2010
After singing and dancing for packed houses, nearly 100 of the county’s most prominent business, civic and society leaders helped raise more than $800,000 for CHOC Children’s with the recent CHOC Follies XIII: The Wizard of OC. The mad-cap musical production took the stage at Orange Coast College’s Robert B. Moore Theater April 1 – 3 to the delight of enthusiastic crowds.
“I am continually amazed by the talent and drive demonstrated by the Follies cast and crew year after year, and when I realize we’ve now netted over $5 million for CHOC Children’s, it really reminds us what this show it all about,” said Founder and Executive Producer Gloria Zigner. “It’s time now to start working on number 14!”
Over the past 13 years, the CHOC Follies has earned a reputation as one of Orange County’s most original – and most successful – charity events, raising more than $5 million since its inception. The proceeds from this year’s Follies fulfill a commitment to support a new school room in CHOC Children’s new patient care tower. The school room will provide long-term oncology patients one-on-one educational support from credentialed teachers during their stay at the hospital.
This year’s cast of nearly 100 people included: Paul Musco starring as The Wizard of OC; CHOC Follies co-chairs Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Leslie Cancellieri, and Dale Skiles as The Witches of Eastwick; Mary Lyons as the Barefoot Contessa, Jim McAleer as Tin Larry, Heidi Miller, Mark Pilon, Broadway talent and former Radio City Rockette Juliet Fischer-Schulein, rising musical theater star Samantha Goldstein as Dorky and many more!
These committed individuals – representing more than a dozen cities from Aliso Viejo to Yorba Linda – rehearsed under the professional guidance of Director John Vaughan, Music Director Doug Austin and Choreographer Lee Martino. From elaborate costuming to the vocal talent of its stars, there is nothing amateur about this production.
“The cast and staff of the Follies are all doing something so important through their involvement in the show – helping CHOC Children’s one child at a time,” said co-chairs Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Leslie Cancellieri and Dale Skiles. “That’s what keeps us coming back year after year.”
With the motto, “If you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance,” the CHOC Follies is always looking for new cast members who want to join the fun. No theatrical experience is required and participation is open to any Orange County resident 21 and older. Audition information for CHOC Follies XIV will be announced in the fall. For more information about the CHOC Follies, please visit www.chocfollies.org or call 715.532.8690.
About the CHOC Oncology School Room
Proceeds from the 2009 and 2010 CHOC Follies show 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. This program offers one-on-one education support for children whose hospital stays disrupt their normal school routine, creating a sense of normalcy that is crucial to their emotional well-being. Patients are invited to attend school at CHOC the first day they arrive on the oncology floor. School is in session every morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is staffed by teachers employed by the Orange Unified School District and credentialed through the state of California.
About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2013-2014), CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four 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 Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680