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Harris, Shankman & DioGuardi Guest Judge 'Searching for Cinderella' Competition for CINDERELLA Specuacular in July

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MPI Entertainment, Producers of Footloose, The Wedding Singer, Jason Haigh-Ellery and El Portal Theatre have partnered with Westfield Shopping Malls to search for the lead role in their CINDERELLA, A Modern Magical Musical Extravaganza in the style of a TRADITIONAL LONDON PANTO, Produced and directed by The Lythgoe Family. November 27 - December 19, 2010 - at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. The Celebrity Judges will be Adam Shankman, Kara DioGuardi and Neil Patrick Harris.

Can you sing? Can you dance? Can you act? Every girl's dream comes true with this chance to play Cinderella.

OPEN CALLS AUDITION DATES:

· WESTFIELD TOPANGA WEDNESDAY JULY 7th 2010

6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Celebrity Judge Adam Shankman

· WESTFIELD SANTA ANITA FRIDAY JULY 9th 2010

400 S Baldwin Ave. Suite 231, Arcadia, CA 91007

Celebrity Judge Kara DioGuardi

· WESTFIELD CULVER CITY WEDNESDAY JULY 14th 2010

6000 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, CA 90230

Celebrity Judge Neil Patrick Harris
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Registration begins at 9am. Auditions begin at 10am. The audition process is the same as seen on American Idol.. Auditioners will be asked to sing one song to our celebrity judges. Only they can put hopefuls through to call backs in September. Auditioners must be aged 16-26 years old at time of audition. For more information: www.searchforcinderella.com. Follow on Twitter at twitter.com/search4cinders.

Lythgoe Family Productions presents Cinderella, a Modern, Musical Extravaganza! In the style of the outrageous British holiday pantomimes, Nigel, Bonnie, and Kris Lythgoe (the people responsible for So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, and American Idol) bring this wild, wacky, and adorable holiday event to the states. The age-old fairytale of Cinderella is set to modern day music with a comical twist. A talent search for Cinderella will take place over the summer throughout Los Angeles and the winner will star in this exciting production. With special choreography by Dancing With the Stars star Derek Hough, the show will blend the time-honored fairy tale with contemporary pop music and dancing, outrageous and audience-interactive comedy, magic tricks designed by the amazing Ed Alonzo, and will feature fantastic costumes direct from London. Fun for the kids, but clever enough to delight adults, it's a treat for the whole family.

THE LYTHGOE FAMILY are known for their success with television smash hit shows AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Although CINDERELLA will be their first venture into stage production in America, credits from Europe include, A CHORUS LINE, HALF A SIXPENCE, SNOPY, MY FAIR LADY, CHICAGO and many more.

Bonnie is a former British dancer who, since the 1990s and 2000s, has been the producer and director of various theatre productions, including pantomimes.

In 1969, Bonnie Lythgoe auditioned for the BBC's Young Generation dance troupe, which included her future husband Nigel among its members. The couple started dating, but after Nigel became choreographer in 1971, he dismissed Bonnie from the troupe. They continued their personal relationship, subsequently married and became the parents of two sons, Simon and Kristopher.

Bonnie's success as a choreographer of dance productions within the West End led to a career as a producer/director of various theatre productions, including pantomimes. She produced/directed and choreographed the Christmas 2006 version of Peter Pan, starring Henry Winkler, in Wimbledon and Cinderella, starring Patrick Duffy, in Woking. Bonnie Lythgoe came to American public attention as a producer and judge on season one of the reality television series So You Think You Can Dance. Bonnie currently serves as one of the judges on So You Think You Can Dance Australia.

Kristopher is the Executive Vice President of Magic Pictures International based in Los Angeles. TV Credits include Co-Executive Producer of Corkscrewed, Fox Reality, Executive Producer Who Are You? for Fox, On The Nose for TVG, Co-coordinating Producer So You Think You Can Dance (USA) for FOX and Consulting Producer for SYTYCD Canada, guiding CTV in establishing the franchise.

His first love is theatre and has produced several musicals in the UK, including FOOTLOOSE West End and THE WEDDING SINGER Number One Tour, starring Jonathan Wilkes and Natalie Casey.

 

 


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