Thursday, October 12, 2000

Audition at park may be big break

Kings Island starts tryouts on Nov. 4

By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — What do actress-singer-dancer Carmen Electra, and Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre of the pop music group 98` have in common?

        All three got one of their first big breaks in show business as performers at Paramount's Kings Island. The Mason-based amusement park, known for providing world-class thrills, also has helped launch the careers of some of Cincinnati's top entertainment talent.

        Beginning Nov. 4, Kings Island will hold auditions in eight cities for singers, dancers, actors, variety artists, show characters, instrumentalists and technicians to perform at the park during the 2001 season. Park officials expect to hire more than 150 performers for a variety of positions.

Carmen Electra
Carmen Electra
        “We are excited about the show lineup for the 2001 season,” said Bill Balfour, the park's entertainment manager. “We are looking for performers who will really shine in the spotlight.”

        Ms. Electra, born in Cincinnati as Tara Patrick, soaked up that spotlight when she performed in the song and dance production It's Magic at Kings Island in 1990. The Princeton High School graduate later became a star on MTV's Singled Out and Baywatch.

        Mr. Lachey and Mr. Jeffre, of Cincinnati, worked at the park for two summers in 1991 and 1992 as singers in a barbershop quartet before becoming teen heart-throbs as members of 98`.

        “It can be a really great springboard to get into the business,” park spokeswoman Jennifer Bowers said of performing at Kings Island. “A lot of our performers are top-notch talent.”

        In addition to on-stage performers, specialty acts such as jugglers, magicians and barbershop quartets are needed. Information: 754-5740; or


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