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CHOC sends out open call for its annual Follies fundraiser

The hospital will hold two audition dates in November to cast the musical review

by Gabriel CortésPublished: November 13, 2012 10:15 AM

CHOC Children’s is searching for local talent to join the cast of its 16th annual CHOC Follies production and will be holding auditions for the project on two different days in November.  This year’s theme for the musical review will be “VIVA CHOC-VEGAS, Guys Gals & Romance in the Land of Lady Luck,” and it will combine elements from Guys and Dolls and the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life.

“This year’s show packs a delicious mix of Broadway favorites and contemporary chart toppers – what could be more fun? One hundred people having the time of their lives, singing and dancing for a wonderful cause,” said Gloria Zigner, the event’s founder and executive producer.

Over the past 16 years, CHOC’s Follies productions have earned the hospital nearly $6 million. In September, Zigner received the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award at the 13th Annual Orange County Arts Awards for her involvement with the Follies productions.

“As with all prior CHOC Follies shows, we do hold auditions,” she said, but adding that potential actors shouldn’t panic. “We don’t expect all of our cast members to have ‘showbiz’ or even singing and dancing experience.”

The auditions are open to individuals of all skill levels and will be executed in an informal group format. Those who wish to try out for singing or dancing roles are encouraged to participate in the solo auditions that will take place immediately after the group auditions.

Hopeful cast members can try out on one of two days: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. or Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Both auditions will be held at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

CHOC Follies XVI will be performed at the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on March 28, 29 and 30, 2013.

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