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Luminosity, powered by Pepsi, will light up the night at Cedar Point

Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio, April 13, 2012 — This summer, when the sun sets on another day of thrills at Cedar Point, guests will be treated to an entertainment encore that ignites all of their senses.

Cedar Point’s new live show, Luminosity, Powered by Pepsi, will transform the park’s Main Midway into a dance club aglow with flames, lasers and more than 1 million lights that extend beyond the stage, illuminating rides and buildings.

Luminosity will take the stage with a grand opening on Friday, June 8, igniting the night through Sunday, Aug. 19. Guests can experience the magic before then as the show unofficially starts Friday, June 1.

“Cedar Point is a magical place on a summer night, and Luminosity is going to treat our guests to a very special nighttime experience,” said John Hildebrandt, Vice President and General Manager of the park. “Luminosity will be many things: midway and ride lights, music, singing and dancing on a 75-foot stage, pyrotechnics, video and a few surprises — but it will also be a way for families to connect at the end of the day and create new memories of their visit to the park.”

“We believe all our rides and shows are special, but the real joy comes from sharing those experiences with family and friends.”

This conceptual artist rendering shows the Luminosity stage, where 30 talented performers will entertain guests as special effects light up the night at Cedar Point. (Cedar Point)

Each day at dusk, the park will begin to glow with enhanced lighting on the Giant Wheel, Power Tower and Millennium Force, as well as along the Main Midway.

At the new Celebration Plaza in front of the Iron Dragon roller coaster, more than two dozen dancers, singers, drummers and other performers will accompany guests on a multi-sensory adventure. Onstage with a backdrop rising nearly 25 feet, performers will journey by land, under the sea and through space, with eye-catching costume changes and scenery that unfolds throughout the show to set the mood. They’ll twist and twirl to the tune of dynamic pop favorites, firing up the crowd. The adventure culminates in an explosion of fireworks and pyrotechnics that will light up the sky.

While guests are riding high on a wave of excitement, a DJ will crank up the dance hits and take requests.

Pulsating rhythms from top performers such as Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Britney Spears will coax even the most reluctant dancers from the sidelines. They’ll take a cue from flash mobs that will make surprise appearances throughout the day to give guests a glimpse of what’s to come. Another DJ stationed in front of the Cedar Point Ballroom will invite families to join the party along the midway. It’s the perfect way to continue celebrating together after an action-packed day at the park.

“It’s very much an all-encompassing experience,” said Charles Bradshaw, Corporate Vice President of live entertainment. “There will be many technical accents and special effects, combined with concert-style music and 30 talented performers that really connect with the audience in a close setting. We want them to feel like they’re part of the excitement.”

Luminosity is one of many ways Cedar Point is connecting people through thrills, in addition to its 17 roller coasters, award-winning entertainment and resort accommodations. Watch a preview of the show atluminosity.cedarpoint.com.

Cedar Point opens for the summer on Saturday, May 12 and will be open daily through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 and Friday through Sunday through Oct. 28. For more details and additional information about Cedar Point, please visit the new cedarpoint.com or call the park’s general information line at 419-627-2350.

Marathon Petroleum Company LP to Sponsor New Nighttime Show at Cedar Point

Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio –  Marathon Petroleum Company LP (Marathon) will add even more dazzle to Cedar Point when it sponsors a spectacular new nighttime music and light show this summer at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park resort.

Called American Portrait, the new attraction will feature exciting music, high-def digitized video, advanced lighting system and an extensive display of colorful pyrotechnics that will illuminate the evening sky.

“American Portrait is dedicated to the Spirit of America,” said John Hildebrandt, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point.  “It will combine patriotic and contemporary music with unique images of American life.  The program will be fast-paced, uplifting and will be enjoyed by everyone in the family.”

The 15-minute program will be presented nightly beginning Friday, June 3 through Sunday, Aug. 21.  American Portrait will be shown on the park’s huge 3,600-square-foot projection screen located on the Iron Dragon Midway.  On most nights, American Portrait is scheduled to be shown at 10 p.m.

The park’s first nighttime sound and light show, The Summer Spectacular, began in 1995 as part of Cedar Point’s 125th anniversary celebration.

“We are proud to join Cedar Point in bringing this patriotic salute to the park,” said Tom Kelley, Marathon’s Senior Vice President Marketing.  “The brilliance and high energy of the new American Portrait nighttime show will be the perfect ending to a visit to Cedar Point.”

In addition to American Portrait, Cedar Point will also have a new show in the Jack Aldrich Theatre plus live music in two other theaters, an ice skating show featuring the PEANUTS characters, a thrilling stunt show with inline skaters and skateboarders and sing-a-longs with Snoopy and his friends.

Marathon is an integrated international energy company engaged in exploration and production; oil sands mining; integrated gas; and refining, marketing and transportation operations. Marathon, which is based in Houston, has principal operations in the United States, Angola, Canada, Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Libya, Norway, Poland and the United Kingdom. Marathon is the fourth largest United States-based integrated oil company and the nation’s fifth largest refiner.

For more information, please visit http://www.marathon.com or cedarpoint.com.

Two New Offerings at Cedar Point: Rock Band, Live and a Breakfast with the PEANUTS Characters

Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio, May 29 — Beginning next weekend, there will be even more to do at Cedar Point.  Musically inclined guests have a chance to become a rock star while early risers will be able to have breakfast with their favorite PEANUTS characters.

On Saturday, June 5, Rock Band, Live will premiere in the Jack Aldrich Theatre, near the front of the park.  One of five new shows that will be introduced at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort this summer, Rock Band, Live will be a real-life version of Rock Band®, the popular video game produced by MTV Games.

Before each show, guests will be able to display their talent on the drums, guitar or bass guitar to win a chance to perform in one of the Rock Band, Live shows throughout the day.  Winners will be chosen before each show and will receive a backstage pass and perform on stage with the Rock Band, Live cast members.

In celebration of the Rock Band, Live premiere, Cedar Point will be hosting a competition for guests and Facebook visitors alike to become the Rock Band, Live Champion and be the first guest performers in the Rock Band, Live premiere show on Saturday, June 5.

Monday through Wednesday, May 31 to June 2, a Facebook drawing will be held to choose six groups at random to compete in the Rock Band, Live competition.  On Saturday, June 5, two groups of park guests will be chosen to challenge the Facebook winners for the title of Rock Band, Live Champion.  Winners will receive a VIP tour of Cedar Point, gift certificates from the Hard Rock Cafe and various other prizes.  For more information, please visit cedarpoint.com.

Also beginning this weekend will be Breakfast Buffet with the PEANUTS Characters, a breakfast with your favorite PEANUTS characters at the Midway Market.  On Saturdays and Sundays beginning June 5, guests can dine with their favorite Peanuts characters from 8:30-10 a.m.  Characters will greet guests and visit each table to take pictures with the loveable characters.

For additional entertainment, the summer spectacular Hot Summer Lights: Fire Up the Night will open for the season on Friday, June 4.  Shows will be daily at 10 p.m., weather permitting.  This sensory experience showcases a combination of music, sound, light, video and pyrotechnics.

Returning this season for its 22nd year will be CoasterMania. On Friday and Saturday, June 4-5, approximately 1,500 thrill-seekers will invade Cedar Point to challenge the park’s roller coasters, participate in exclusive tours and more.  On Friday evening, there will be a presentation from Walter Bolliger of Bolliger and Mabillard Consulting Engineers (B & M) who designed Cedar Point’s Raptor (1994) and Mantis (1996) coasters.

For more information about these special events, please visit cedarpoint.com or call the park’s General Information Line at 419.627.2350.

“Rock Band®, Live” prepares for national tour

Cedar Fair Press Release

SANDUSKY, OHIO, APRIL 13, 2010 – Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded leader in regional amusement parks, water parks, vacation resorts and entertainment, is gearing up for one of the most anticipated North American summer music tours.

Cedar Fair, along with MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), will present the “Rock Band®, Live” tour and show at 10 of its parks across the United States and Canada beginning in May.

Members of the media are invited to attend an exclusive sneak peek of the show in New York on Thursday and Friday, April 22 and 23. This “workshop session” will be held at the New 42nd Street Studios with performances starting at 1 p.m. each day.

During the workshop, invited Rock Band fans and special guests will see portions of the actual show and have the opportunity to comment and offer feedback to show producers. Performers, representatives from Cedar Fair, MTV Games and RWS & Associates will be available for interviews. For more information or to RSVP to this special event, please call Tony Clark at 419.627.2225.

So what is “Rock Band, Live”? This unique show combines the high-energy game play action of the popular Rock Band® video games with talented live singers from all over the country. Park guests will even have the opportunity to practice the Rock Band video game prior to each show for a chance to play the game (as the back-up band for the park performers) on stage in front of hundreds of adoring fans.

“Rock Band, Live” is a collaboration between Cedar Fair, MTV Games and RWS & Associates, a full-service entertainment firm that provides custom-produced world-class events and live shows worldwide.

Guests can rock out to two summer-long shows at Cedar Point in Sandusky and Canada’s Wonderland near Toronto. These shows will run June 5 – August 22 and May 29 – September 6, respectively.

Cedar Fair has also announced the “Rock Band, Live” national tour schedule. Exact show dates and times subject to change. See park Web sites for detailed schedules.

May 28 – 31 — Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa.
June 3 – 13 — Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 17 – 27 — Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minn.
July 1 – 11 — Carowinds in Charlotte, N.C.
July 15 – 18 — Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo.
July 23 – August 1 — California’s Great America in Santa Clara, Calif.
August 5 – 15 — Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.
August 20 – 29 — Kings Dominion in Doswell, Va.

“This show is really going to raise the bar on family entertainment,” said Charles Bradshaw, vice president of live entertainment for Cedar Fair. “It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done at our parks. Not only can families enjoy a great live show, but they now have the chance to be a part of it with the help of the Rock Band video game. It’s literally going to rock!”

For more information on the “Rock Band, Live” show, the national tour and the summer-long shows at Cedar Point and Canada’s Wonderland, visit cedarfair.com/rockbandlive.

About MTV Networks
MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 350 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Noggin, The N, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, Atom, Gametrailers and Xfire.

About MTV Games
MTV Games is dedicated to creating, marketing and publishing high-quality, innovative interactive products that are relevant to the MTV audience and complement the core values of the MTV Networks brands.

About RWS & Associates
RWS & Associates is an Emmy®-Award-winning full service entertainment firm headquartered in New York City. RWS provides high quality, custom-designed and pre-packaged entertainment throughout the world in theme parks, resorts, shopping centers and more.

About Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN) is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. The Partnership, which owns and operates eleven amusement parks, six outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels, is one of the largest regional amusement park operators in the world. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, Virginia / District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California under a management contract. Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point, has been voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” for twelve consecutive years in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.

Cedar Point holds final audition for this summer’s shows on April 2

Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio, March 29 — Cedar Point will hold its final talent search for entertainers and technicians to fill more than 100 positions in the park’s Live Entertainment Division for this summer.

Representatives from Cedar Point will be holding open auditions and interviews in Sandusky from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 2, in the Live Entertainment Office at Cedar Point.

Positions that are available include:

* Performers — singers, dancers, singers/dancers and singers/musicians;

* Musicians — electric guitars, bass guitars, keyboards and drummer/percussionists;

* Technicians — stage managers, sound and light technicians, stage crews, ushers, costume shop personnel and dressers;

* PEANUTS characters — costumed characters and escorts; and

* Karaoke hosts and DJs

Applicants must be at least 18 years old by May to audition.  Each audition piece should be limited to 16-32 bars.  Applicants should select music that is upbeat and illustrates their personality and ability to interact with audience members.  A CD player and piano will be available, but other instruments and amplifiers will not be provided.  Interested applicants should bring a one-page resume with references to the audition.  Reporting dates run from late April to early September.

Cedar Point opens for the summer on Saturday, May 15.

Those who cannot audition in person can send audio and/or videotape with a resume to:  Cedar Point Live Entertainment, One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870-5259.

With thrilling rides, award-winning live entertainment, special attractions and resort accommodations, Cedar Point is one of the most popular amusement parks and vacation destinations in the country.  It has been named the “Best Amusement Park in the World” for 12 consecutive years.

New this summer will be Shoot the Rapids, an exciting river-ride adventure that will feature two hills, rocky canyons with spraying water and a splashy grand finale.

For more information, please contact the Live Entertainment Division at 419.627.2388, by e-mail at liveshows@cedarpoint.com or online at cedarpoint.com.