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CHOC FOLLIES XV TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR "CHRISTINA AND THE CRYSTAL BALL, A CINDERELLA STORY FOR THE SOCIAL NET SET"
October 28, 2011

This year, CHOC Follies XV, the annual original musical comedy production that raises funds for CHOC Children’s, will present “Christina and the Crystal Ball, a Cinderella Story for the Social Net Set,” a hilarious spoof on the classic fairy tale with a modern online twist! Over the past 15 years, the Follies has netted more than $5 million dollars for CHOC.

“This year promises to be another fabulous production, and we would love to have you join in and be part of the fun – so, consider this your official casting call,” said Gloria Zigner, founder and executive producer. “ As with all prior CHOC Follies shows, we do hold auditions – but don’t panic! We don’t expect all of our cast members to have ‘show-biz’ or even singing and dancing experience. The auditions are ‘group’ auditions, and are very low-key and simple. Our philosophy is ‘if you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing!’  At least that’s the case in our show because we know that director John Vaughn and his amazing team will make everyone look and sound great – just as they have for the past 14 years!”  

For those who do have some special talents and would like to audition for singing or dancing roles, solo auditions will be held immediately following the group audition.  Solo auditions should be no more than 60 seconds long. Community members auditioning for a solo spot need to bring their own sheet music or background tape. 

Auditions will be held at:
The Island Hotel (free valet parking)
690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach:
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 10:00 a.m.

CHOC Follies is a fundraiser for CHOC Children’s.  Each cast member must make a commitment to raise a minimum of $1,000, either in sponsorships or in ticket and/or ad sales. This year’s contributions will support the development of The Voice ™, a project of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. This will be a multi-media interactive center in CHOC’s new patient care tower, which is scheduled to open in 2013.  CHOC is proud to be the first hospital on the West Coast to have The Voice™, providing patients with another outlet for healing.

Performances of “Christina and the Crystal Ball, a Cinderella Story for the Social Net Set” will be held in the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, March 29, 30 and 31, 2012. 

CHOC Follies
Founded by Executive Producer Gloria Zigner in 1997, the CHOC Follies has mobilized thousands of Orange County residents to sing, dance and delight audiences with hilarious original musical comedies year after year. Netting more than $5 million in donations for CHOC Children’s, the Follies has become a powerful Orange County institution in its own right.
 

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2013-2014) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, 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.

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

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