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Chef Pascal Olhats is singing for his supper—and he likes it!
The man behind celebrated OC restaurants Traditions by Pascal, Brasserie Pascal (we’re still amazed at his $10 menu) and French 75 is trading in his spatula for a microphone next weekend when he sings and dances in the 14th annual CHOC Follies (this year dubbed A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Follies) March 31 – April 2 at the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
Pascal is participating in one of Orange County’s most original – and most successful – charity events, which has raised over $5 million for CHOC Hospital since its inception. More than 100 of the most prominent business, civic and society leaders from all over Orange County take the stage to sing, dance and show off their talents in a Broadway-style performance.
This amazing cast of committed individuals rehearses twice a week for three months 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.
“It’s a huge time commitment, but it’s for a good cause,” says Pascal during a recent Follies rehearsal. “I wasn’t sure at first that I had the talent to do it, but now that we’ve been rehearsing for several months, I want to do more.”
Let’s hope that Pascal doesn’t make this a career move, because OC would be deprived of one of the best and most creative Chefs in Southern California!
Tickets are $35 to $125 depending on the date and seating location, and can be purchased in advance or on the day of the performance. For more information, visit www.chocfollies.org.