Known as one of Orange County’s most unique and popular fundraisers, the CHOC Follies is back again with the newest musical production, “Carly and the Choco Factory: An Orange County Musical of Sweethearts, Swindlers and Swashbucklers!” benefiting CHOC.
Featuring a talented cast of local social and business leaders, who graciously donate their time rehearsing for the show and fundraising for CHOC, the humorous production promises to be a crowd pleaser yet again.
We talked to Michael Velasco, a new CHOC Follies cast member and vice president of fulfillment services at Meridian in Tustin, about the upcoming show.
How did you get involved with the show? Why is this important to you?
I’ve been a long-time supporter of CHOC, and have worked as a partner with CHOC Marketing and Communications and the CHOC Foundation for many years. This is important to me because I care about people, especially children. We are a community and are all one family, and should help each other. The Meridian team and I like to support all the good work that CHOC does.
What character will you play in the show?
I don’t play a main character, but participate in all group acts. I’m happy to support awareness of CHOC Follies and the philanthropic goals raised by the cast members. I’m in awe of the cast and their skill sets. We’ve been rehearsing since January, twice a week. This is new and challenging for me, but I’m having a good time!
What is your favorite part of the show so far?
The cast and everyone involved. This is a group of genuinely great human beings. The cast camaraderie and support of each other are admirable. You can’t participate and fly solo. You have to trust in the directors and cast, and they have to trust in you. I’m humbled by and grateful for this experience.
Who should come to the show?
Everyone – family, friends and coworkers!
What’s going to surprise people about the show?
The CHOC Follies directors and cast do an outstanding job of creating a high-quality musical. It’s going to be an exciting performance. Come see us, make time to relax and recharge!
“Carly and the Choco Factory” will be held on March 31-April 2, at the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College, in Costa Mesa.
Purchase tickets and learn more here. Or, call the CHOC Foundation at 714-509-8690.