Support CHOC, See “CHOCAGO” April 2-4

Known as one of Orange County’s most beloved events, the CHOC Follies is coming soon with their newest musical production, “CHOCAGO: An Orange County Vaudeville of Dudes, Dames and Debutantes!” benefiting CHOC Children’s. The show will be held April 2-4, at the Robert B. Moore Theater at Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Rd., in Costa Mesa.

Each year, more than 100 cast members, including social and business leaders in the community, donate their time and energy rehearsing for the show and fundraising in support of CHOC. The humorous musical spoof of some of Broadway’s and television’s biggest hits is sure to be a crowd pleaser again this year.

The show was created in 1996 by Gloria Zigner, executive director, as a novel way to build community support for CHOC. To date, the CHOC Follies has netted more than $7 million.

For tickets and more information, please visit the CHOC Follies website, or call the CHOC Children’s Foundation at 714-509-8690.

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For over a decade, the CHOC Follies has earned a reputation as one of Orange County’s most unique and successful charity events. Some of the most prominent business and community leaders in Orange County have joined forces to put on a show like you’ve never seen before! This year, CHOC Follies XIV – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Follies promises to be just as entertaining for the entire family.

We recently talked to Paul-Dean Martin, a Follies cast member and director of the PDM Young Actors Workshop, an after-school program, about the upcoming show.

Q: How did you first get involved in the Follies?

A: I got involved last year and have been a fan ever since. I have two children, Phoebe, 7, and Max, 2, who are both CHOC patients, and thought here’s a way to give back to CHOC while doing something I’ve always enjoyed. This year I’ll be playing the role of Klaus Bruteman, an Austrian personal trainer.

Q: Why is this fundraiser so important?

A: The community should support this event for the fact that the proceeds go directly to the hospital.  I’m humbled by the people I’m surrounded with in this show.  They give so much of their time and support to such a great cause.

Q: What can we expect at the show?

A: The show is loosely based on the original and portrays various time periods. It’s very funny, entertaining and filled with talented performers; it’s put on by true professionals.

 The CHOC Follies will be held on March 31-April 2 at Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here:

OC Leaders Take the Stage for CHOC Children’s

I have been known to showcase some smooth dance skills every now and again – not easy for a bear my size.  There’s nothing like dancing, especially when combined with singing, to cheer one’s soul.  That’s why I am counting the days until CHOC Follies XII: The Princess and the Prius, featuring more than 100 of Orange County’s society, business and civic leaders singing and dancing to raise funds for CHOC Children’s.  This hysterical musical production will hit the Robert B. Moore Theater at Orange Coast College on April 2 at 8 p.m., April 3 at 8 p.m., and April 4 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.  More information, including ticket prices and sponsorship opportunities, can be found at