The Loft Stage at East Ridge, a 938 seat state of the art facility, is home to East Ridge High School Band, Orchestra, Choir and Theater as well as the primary
venue for Woodbury Community Theater, East Metro Symphony Orchestra and many of our community's best fine arts events. If you have not yet visited
the Loft, check out An Evening with Shakespeare, coming this February to The Loft Stage!
Spotlight Technicians Masterclass
When: February 27, 2016
Two available sessions. Choose one:
Session I: 9-12:30
Session II: 1:30-5
Where: The Orpheum Theatre
Sign-up NOW! MASTERCLASS
What: Participating Spotlight schools are invited to send their technicians to this first ever Technicians Masterclass led by our Union department heads at The Orpheum Theatre. The Masterclass is free of cost to Spotlight schools but space is limited so sign up today.
Workshop Descriptions. Students will attend 3 workshops through their session based on preferences and availability.
Tour with Dave Marietta, Engineer and Theatre Operations Manager for the Orpheum
- Explore the Orpheum and discuss what management goes into making a touring show operate in a theatre like ours.
- A hands on experiences hanging and focusing lights on the Orpheum stage, see what it takes to light up a stage of this size.
- Head on up to the Spot booth and learn about the equipment and test your steady hand at focusing and following.
- Learn what it takes to build and design a professional show. Take your turn at the board and test your ear.
- Understand what it takes to be a part of a much larger team, hear stories, and band together for a hands on experience of hanging legs.
- Take the climb to learn about the inner workings of the gulley. Learn what it takes to master and handle the rail, from below, or above.
Spotlight Dance Masterclass
We have a rare and limited opportunity to offer a Dance Masterclass led by cast members from Newsies. This class will take place on February 11th at the Cowles Center. This is open to any of our Spotlight kids but is available on a first come, first serve basis. I would encourage you to think about reaching out to a few of your featured dancers and even your male dancers that you want to develop or you think would benefit and enjoy this experience. A variety of technical levels will be accommodated. There is a $5 fee per dancer for the class. As always, if cost is an issue just let us know and we can provide scholarships if need be. To start out each school will be limited to 10 students. If there are available spots we will reach back out. Students should sign up individually so feel free to share the link for their registration with your students reminding them that space is limited!
Along with this amazing opportunity we have access to a few education-priced tickets. These tickets are $52 and include pizza following the masterclass. With the entire run practically sold out, this is a great opportunity. When you register for the masterclass please check the box if you would like to also attend the show and we will get that purchase information to you. Students attending the workshop will have first crack at the show tickets. If we have any available we will open them up to non-workshop attendees. Keep in mind that we have more space in the workshop than we do tickets for the show so registering quickly is critical. I wish that we could accommodate everyone but Disney runs a pretty tight ship.
Click on this link for more information and to register for the Masterclass and get on the list for show tickets. http://www.hennepintheatretrust.org/forms/newsies-masterclass
Spotlight Awards Announced for Fall 2015
Congratulations to the following award winners who received notice from the Hennepin Theatre Trust for the Loft Stage production of Fiddler on the Roof.
EAST RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL – FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Outstanding Overall Production
Outstanding Overall Performance
Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Honorable Mention Vocal Performance by an Ensemble
Outstanding Acting Performance by an Ensemble
Honorable Mention Movement/Dance Performance by an Ensemble
Outstanding Overall Technical Team
Outstanding Technical Crew
Outstanding Student Orchestra
Honorable Mention A/V Board Operators
Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role Brendan Finn as Tevye
Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role Christina Ippoliti as Hodel
Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role Kaylee Cates as Yente
Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role Dylan Degler as Lazar Wolf
Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role Kat Grannis as Fruma-Sarah
Honorable Mention in a Leading Role Maggie Eckberg as Golde
Honorable Mention in a Leading Role Clara Grismer as Tzeital
Honorable Mention in a Supporting Role Tegan Jones as Chava
Honorable Mention in a Featured Role Erin Foy as Grandma Tzeital
Technical Leadership Nomination Sophie Pfluger as Stage Manager
Honorable Mention in a Leadership Role Isabella Wurm as Student Orchestra Conductor
Evaluator Shout-Out Mark May
Evaluator Shout-Out Michael Miller
Evaluator Shout-Out Ben McKenzie
Evaluator Shout-Out Alec McCoy
Evaluator Shout-Out Carl Erikstrup
Evaluator Shout-Out Erin Foy (Hodel Understudy)