Youth arts academy hosts grand opening

More than 700 people attend Roseville Theatre Arts Academy’s first weekend of shows
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More than 700 people showed up for Roseville Theatre Arts Academy’s inaugural weekend of shows at the end of February.

Dozens of young performers delighted audiences with “The Saga of Sweet Hannah Sue, or Beware the Parcel You Pick,” co-written by the academy’s Artistic Director Jennifer Vaughn.

The recently formed group hosted its grand opening Saturday, Feb. 26, when Roseville City Manager Ray Kerridge and City Councilwoman Carol Garcia christened the new venture and spoke about the vital role of performing arts in downtown Roseville.

The city has big redevelopment plans for that neighborhood and has already spent millions of dollars on revitalization projects.

The arts academy formed and began operations in the iconic Roseville Theater on Vernon Street shortly after the sudden closure of Civic Theatre West in November. That organization ran one of the largest children’s theater workshops in the state of California.

Two employees of the defunct organization — Michelle Raskey and Vaughn — decided to take their passion for children’s theater and launch their own group.

Roseville Theatre Arts Academy serves children and young adults ages 4 to 20. The group will host an annual summer camp program and ongoing workshops for children 4 to 16. Master’s workshops are geared for children 10 to 20 years old.

The academy employs two full-time staff members and relies on the help of dozens of volunteers, including many parents of young actors and actresses. The academy is incorporated under California law and has filed for nonprofit status.

For more information about Roseville Theatre Arts Academy, call (916) 772-2777 or visit

~ Sena Christian