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Roseville Idol judges seek best local singer

12 finalists to compete in Roseville Theatre Arts Academy event
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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The contestants have three weeks left to perfect their songs in time for the second-annual RTAA Idol competition.

The judges of the contest, held by the nonprofit Roseville Theatre Arts Academy, seek to identify the best local singer. Following auditions April 22, they've narrowed down their search to 12 finalists. The Press Tribune is profiling three finalists each week until the big day.

Name: Jenna Cook

Age: 25

Residence: Roseville

Where do you work or go to school? I'm going to Brandman University to get my teaching credential and master's degree.

Did you participate in last year's Idol competition? No, I didn't.

What song did you sing for your audition? "Somebody to Love," by Queen. Queen is probably one of the best bands ever, and I (wanted) something that wasn't musical theater that I liked and could sing.

Tell me about your singing/performance background? I started taking voice lessons at 9 years old. My dad played guitar instead of reading bedtime stories, so we'd sing together. Well, we read, too. I started doing stuff at Magic Circle Theatre in senior year of high school.

There was a theater-performing arts place in Auburn that I did a lot of stuff with. We had a singing group that was a bunch of teenage girls and we sang 1940s and '50s stuff.

What are some of your hobbies? I do boxing. It's a way to deal with the stress of school and it's fun to hit something every once in a while. I do a lot of reading.

Any interesting thing people should know about you? I'm not actually a redhead. I am the only granddaughter out of 12 cousins on my dad's side.

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Name: Casey Borghesi

Age: 14

Residence: Rocklin

Where do you go to school? Spring View Middle School. (I'm in) eighth grade.

Did you participate in last year's Idol competition? No, I was not old enough.

What song did you sing for your audition? "At Last," by Etta James.

Tell me about your singing/performance background? I have always loved to sing. My first theater performance was with the Rocklin Community Theatre last year in the musical production of "Aladdin Jr." I played the role of Jafar and I loved being the villain everyone loved to hate.

The funniest thing that happened to me while I was playing that part was when some girls in the audience thought I was a real guy playing the role and they would come out to meet the cast at the end of the performance, only to be disappointed to find out I was only a girl playing a guy.

What are some of your hobbies? Theater, singing and basketball.

Any interesting thing people should know about you? Although I'm only 14 yearsold, I have an old soul and love the older music genre, (such as) jazz, R&B and old time rock 'n' roll.

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Name: Cameron Dayton

Age: 15

Residence: Granite Bay

Where do you go to school? Granite Bay High School, I'm a freshman.

Did you participate in last year's Idol competition? I did not. But I have a bunch of friends who had participated in it and they said that I should.

What song did you sing for your audition? "Not Over You," by Gavin DeGraw

Tell me about your singing/performance background? I've sang with choirs and theaters for (at least) seven years. I write music in my free time. I play nine instruments - guitar, bass, piano, drums, ukulele, trumpet, baritone, trombone and timbre. I'm kind of a musical person.

I was (most recently) in "Oliver" with Magic Circle Theatre. I haven't performed in shows at Granite Bay High School this year because I've been in marching band.

What are some of your hobbies? Other than music? Let's see, I occasionally read. I like origami, that's fun. I like being with friends. I'm involved with Scouting. I'm an Eagle Scout, and that's pretty cool.

Any interesting thing people should know about you? Let me think about that.

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Roseville Theatre Arts Academy presents RTAA Idol

What: Singing competition and fundraiser

When: Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19

Where: Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon St.

Cost: $25 adults, $10 children and students

Info: Call (916) 772-2777 or visit www.rosevilletheatreartsacademy.com