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Secret Santa strikes again at Roseville Theatre Arts Academy

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The Roseville Theatre Arts Academy received an early Christmas present this year: a “Secret Santa” willing to match any donations made to the theater between now and Dec. 31.

It was just two short years ago that in the wake of the sudden closure of Magic Circle (aka “Civic Theatre West”) and with the children in the cast of the Christmas show in the midst of final rehearsals that the idea of the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy was hatched. The idea became reality in January of 2011 with the help and support of hundreds of families who shared a vision of a local community theater with an emphasis on children. Since then, RTAA has grown into a family of dedicated and talented children, parents and community partners who recognize the value of the performing arts in enriching the lives of the participants and the entire community.

“The RTAA board of directors is proud to have started a nonprofit community theater in a time of great economic downturn and uncertainty (starting such an organization in the best of times is not easy!),” reads a media release from RTAA. “The theater has truly been blessed to receive such an outpouring of in-kind support. While proud to be operationally in the black, however, there are many needs that remain unmet due to a shortage of funds. These include a new air-conditioning unit and improvements to the sound system, not to mention the high cost of royalties for the popular shows that draw attendance and, more importantly, the enthusiastic interest of our young actors and actresses.”

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to RTAA at 241 Vernon St., Roseville, CA 95678. Make checks payable to RTAA. Credit cards can also be used to make a donation at the theater; call 772-2777 or stop by during box office hours. RTAA’s federal tax identification number is 27-4605642.

The Roseville Theatre Arts Academy is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering theater arts within the Roseville community. Programs include children’s workshops each season, a “Masters’ Series” for more experienced actors, a community choir and academy classes in voice, dance and drama.

For more information, or to donate, visit www.rosevilletheatreartsacademy.com or call 772-2777.