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RTAA brings ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to patients

Nearly 1,000 patients will see the live show, most at Roseville Theater
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The entire cast of Roseville Theatre Arts Academy’s production “A Tale of Sleeping Beauty” will slip into their costumes and head to Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento.

They will perform the whole show on a modified set June 18.

“The kids at Shriners are all too sick to come to the theater, so we are bringing it to them,” said RTAA President Michelle Raskey, in a press release. “The joy we get from this is impossible to describe. Many of these kids have never seen live theater in their lives.”

Nearly 1,000 cancer and other patients will enjoy the production before it closes May 14, with most patrons going to Roseville Theater on Vernon Street to see the show.

Roseville Theatre Arts Academy gave 250 free tickets each to Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s Oncology Center and Sutter Memorial Cancer Center in Sacramento. Another 100 tickets were donated to St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide a great entertainment experience to people who need a little joy in their lives,” Raskey said.

In “A Tale of Sleeping Beauty,” presented by the Treehouse Players, the townspeople have deserted in the middle of the night. The curse of the evil fairy is about to come to pass — today the kingdom will fall asleep forever.

The mayor and royal family can hardly manage to eat breakfast much less run the kingdom without townspeople. The audience’s help is needed throughout the play in order to rescue the prince from the giant, keep the fluttery queen from fainting and wake up Sleeping Beauty.

~ Sena Christian

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“A Tale of Sleeping Beauty”

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7 and 14

Where: Roseville Theater, 241 Vernon St. in Roseville.

Cost: $8 per person. Tickets available at the door.

Info: Show for all ages. Visit www.rosevilletheatreartsacademy.com.