(October 11, 2001 – Burbank, CA) – For the first time ever, the chicken-hearted Great Dane, Scooby-Doo, and his mystery-solving gang take center stage in a national touring live production, as Warner Bros. Family Entertainment presents “SCOOBY-DOO IN STAGEFRIGHT – Live On Stage.” Featuring everyone’s favorite characters from one of TV’s longest-running animated series, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Clear Channel Entertainment team up to thrill theater-goers across the country, when the show kicks-off on October 26th at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, KY. Giving Scooby-Doo fans of all ages a chance to see the cast of sleuths and their comical brand of detective work on stage, the live show is scheduled to perform in 28 more cities throughout the United States and Canada, including a run at the world-famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City. In this exciting new production, the beloved Hanna-Barbera characters -- Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred -- will take to the stage to solve a classic Scooby-Doo style mystery. The show takes the form of a “long lost episode” in which Scooby-Doo and friends solve the mystery of a supernatural specter wreaking havoc at the old Clawhammer movie studio. The gang faces one hilarious situation after another as they hunt for clues on the set of a scary movie directed by Daphne’s totally hip uncle. With crazy creatures, perplexing puzzles, and an abundance of Scooby Snacks, it’s Scooby-Doo and friends at their best, solving cases and traveling the country in their Mystery Machine. Presented by Warner Bros. Consumer Products, produced by Clear Channel Entertainment and supported by Associate Sponsors, America Online Inc., One-A-Day® Kids and Cartoon Network, the live tour will be highlighted by a fully-integrated marketing campaign including promotional activities, on-site events, radio and television spots, print advertisements, giveaways, comprehensive public relations efforts and more. America Online, Inc. To help build excitement for Scooby-Doo and those meddling kids, America Online will provide AOL members - and everyone on the web - with stage tour information and links throughout its service and Web properties, including Netscape, AOL's Local Guide and AOL's Parenting and Kids Only Channels. Visitors to AOL Keyword: Scooby-Doo Live will be directed to an exclusive Scooby-Doo stage show screen where they will be able to learn more about the show and link directly to the official Scooby-Doo site hosted on Cartoon Network.com. One-A-Day® Kids As the official and exclusive children’s chewable vitamin sponsor of the live stage tour, One-A-Day® Kids is producing a six-foot Scooby-Doo cut out that kids and their parents can have their pictures taken with in the lobby of each tour venue. Additionally, One-A-Day® Kids will be included in all show-related print media, on-site signage and collateral materials distributed to audiences. One-A-Day® Kids sponsorship of the live stage show supports the introduction of its newest One-A-Day® Kids Scooby-Doo chewable vitamin, now available in stores. Learn more about this vitamin at oneadaykids.com. Cartoon Network Cartoon Network is hosting the official tour website on www.cartoonnetwork/scooby.com. The Scooby-Doo site page on cartoonnetwork.com will link directly to tour information. The launch date of the 1st phase was September 4th and it included the tour schedule with dates, the tour logo and information about the show. The 2nd phase will launch on October 22nd and will include artwork, photos, tour schedule, information about the show and a link to purchase tickets. Additionally, Cartoon Network will run a SCOOBY-DOO IN STAGEFRIGHT – Live on Stage “Stagestruck Sweepstakes” for local cable affiliates. One lucky winner in each city will win a performance part in the live stage show, transportation to the show in the Mystery Machine, VIP tickets and a special meet-and-greet with Scooby-Doo. In addition, cable systems will have the opportunity to participate in “Cartoon Network Nights”. This is a cable-exclusive discount ticket night in their area that will run in each city. About “SCOOBY-DOO IN STAGEFRIGHT - Live on Stage” Promising hilarious hi-jinks, groovy music and magical special effects, never-before-seen in a family theatrical presentation, the stage production is written and directed by Jim Millan, founder of Toronto's Crow's Theatre. Millan has produced and directed more than 35 original works and numerous tours in Canada, the United States and abroad, including the recent, “Kids in the Hall Tour 2000.” “The physical comedy performed live by these beloved characters, mixed with traditional spooky fun and surprises from the classic animation series, expands Scooby-Doo and the gang’s world in an exciting new way,” says Jim Millan, director/author of ‘SCOOBY-DOO IN STAGEFRIGHT – Live on Stage.’ “The theater is full of magic, and the Scooby-Doo mysteries have a great new home live onstage.” The production’s creative team includes: Mark McKinney, script consultant and “Kids in the Hall” star; set designer Robert Bissinger, (“You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “Jackie: An American Life,” “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella”); costume designer Gregg Barnes (“Sideshow,” “The Wizard of Oz”); sound designer Peter Hylenski (“The Music Man,” “Ragtime”); and lighting designer Paul D. Miller (“Sound of Music,” “A Midsummer Night's Dream”). The live stage show will tour in advance of Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming live-action feature film, Scooby Doo, coming to theaters in June 2002. The film, directed by Raja Gosnell (“Big Momma’s House,” “Never Been Kissed”) stars Freddie Prinze Jr. (Fred), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne), Mathew Lillard (Shaggy) and Linda Cardellini (Velma). “Scooby-Doo” airs exclusively on Cartoon Network in the U.S. It currently airs 45 times per week and consistently performs well in the ratings. For all of 2000, Scooby-Doo was the #1 rated show with kids 2-5 and was tied for #3 with adults*. About Warner Bros. Consumer Products Warner Bros. Consumer Products is a division of Warner Bros., an AOL Time Warner Company, and is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world. About Clear Channel Entertainment (formerly SFX) Clear Channel Entertainment, the world's largest producer and marketer of live entertainment events, is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE: CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books 135 live entertainment venues, including 44 amphitheaters in the U.S. and 28 venues in Europe at which more than 62 million people attend approximately 26,000 events every year. About America Online, Inc. America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner, Inc. (NYSE: AOL). Based in Dulles, Virginia, America Online is the world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services. About One-A-Day® Kids One-A-Day® Kids is a line of children’s chewable vitamins and includes Bugs Bunny and Friends, Extreme Sports and the newly released Scooby-Doo. About Cartoon Network Cartoon Network, currently seen in 77.7 million U.S. homes and 145 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., an AOL Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
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