Theater troupe takes ‘Sleeping Beauty’ on the road

Roseville Theatre Arts Academy performs at Shriners
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The kids at Shriners Hospital in Sacramento weren’t the only ones appreciative of the free on-site performance of “A Tale of Sleeping Beauty” on June 18.

“All of our actors said that was one of the best things they had ever done in their acting careers and something they will take with them forever,” said Michelle Raskey, president of the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy, and director of the production.

The cast performed in front of about 40 patients and their families in the “playhouse” located in the central activity area of Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California.

Raskey designed the show to involve the audience, and the children did their part, assisting when the queen faints and cheering for the prince as he finds Sleeping Beauty.

“This is a fun opportunity for our patients,” said Penny Lees, manager of the Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life program at Shriners Hospital in Sacramento. “All of the activities we schedule are designed to give the children an opportunity to engage in play and just be kids.”

Shriners Hospitals provide specialized pediatric care to children with orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and scars, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.

~ Sena Christian