• Apr 30th


    Author By Cindy

    Q and A with Marcie Berglund



    The Multi-talented


    answers a few probing questions

    (and sums herself up in a haiku!)

     Q:  What was the very first theater production you remember seeing?

    A:  It was in Frankfurt, Germany (I am an army brat) and my mother was involved in the base community theater.  It was Menotti’s  “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”  That was in 1965.  I went on to play a kid in the next production of “Brigadoon.”

    Q:  Briefly describe the directorial highs and lows you’ve encountered helming The Glass Slipper.

    A:   Most of the directing experiences have been highs for “the Glass Slipper:”  I have loved staging it using Commedia as our inspirational acting tool. Seeing the cast get comfortable with going “overboard” with their movement and characters is always rewarding.  I love working with the staff on the vision and implementation.  Lows?  Conflicts of actors.

    Q:  What has it been like to take on the WHS musical?

    A:   I loved every minute of doing the musical at WHS.  Knowing it may be a hard transition for the students just made it more of a challenge for me to make sure the students were comfortable without changing my ways as a director or lowering my expectations of them. They are a wonderful group of kids and I can’t wait to work with them again!

    Q:  If you could cast yourself in any show on any stage, what role would you play, and where would you play it?

    A:  So many roles, so little time left!  Some I’d like to play:  Mama Rose in “Gypsy,”  Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard,” Joann in “Company,”  Countess Charlotte Malcolm in “A Little NIght Music” ( I have played the last two but would do it again in a heartbeat), and Dolly Levi in “Hello Dolly.”  I would love to work at the Bloomington Civic Theater again.  Love working at Theater in the Round, too.  And of course the Loftstage!!

    Q:   In modern or traditional Haiku, please answer the following question:  Who is Marcie Berglund?


    Playing’s the thing


    Create love


    Q:  What’s your motto?

    A:  “Life is a banquet.. and most people are starving to death.”

    Q:  Multiple Choice: Choose one of the following to play you in a movie:

      A.  Meryl Streep

    B.  Miley Cyrus

    C.  She-Ra, Princess of Power

    D.  LOL cat

     E.  This kid

    A:   This kid.. cause I am really very immature for my age and the kid looks like she could be funny.

    Thank you, Marcie!

  • Apr 29th


    Author By Administrator

    The Loft Stage Theater Banquet

    Students who wish to register late should see Ms. Hestwood as soon as possible.

    The evening will begin with dinner in the cafeteria at 6:00pm and conclude with the award ceremony in the theater at 7:00pm on May 28th. The cost is $10.00 and all student participants and their families are invited to attend. Registration is due by May 19th. Join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate the students, parents and staff of The Loft Stage!

  • Jan 31st


    Author By Cindy

    Volunteers in the Spotlight: Dave Winston and Todd Nelson


    DAVE WINSTON                                        TODD NELSON

    ERHS parents Dave Winston and Todd Nelson graciously submitted to a Newsletter interview.  Learn what these Loft Stage supervolunteers have been up to this year, and then ask yourself:  When do these guys sleep?

    Rumor has it you are workshopaholics.  About how many volunteer hours do you put in each week?

    • D.W.  The amount of time varies by show and my work/travel schedule.  During the late summer (prepping the shop and the parade float) and Aida in the fall it was as much as 7-10 hours a week or even more.
    • T.N.  Probably 10, when things are really moving in the scene shop, between Saturdays and a couple of nights a week.


    Wow, you’re putting up some big numbers.  What projects have you been working on this year?  

    • D.W.  I seemed to have worked on a number of pyramids for Aida.  I know the song in the show recommended putting “5000 slaves on standby” but we managed to succeed with a handful of volunteers!
    • T.N.  I helped build pyramids and staircases for Aida, flats for the One-Act, Failure: A Love Story, and did some odd jobs on both.  Plus, moving things.  If nothing else is going on, there’s always something to move into, out of or within the shop.


    And that’s not all you do.  Show biz people often hear: “Don’t quit your day job,” advice that’s equally relevant for avid volunteers such as yourselves.  So, what is your day job?

    • D.W. I am a Vice President of Underwriting for Arch Insurance Company.  We insure many large construction firms, projects and as well as numerous Fortune 500 companies.  I work a lot with attorneys and actuaries during the day, so it is fun to spend time in the shop and work on something tangible.
    • T.N.  I’m a freelance journalist and specialize in writing about business topics.  Projects include writing a weekly Star Tribune column on small businesses and entrepreneurs.  Most of my work is from home, so I look forward to the interaction and energy in the scene shop.


    Impressive jobs—in terms of both career status and total lack of application to set construction.  But let’s talk guts and glory:  Describe your biggest shop mishap or your greatest construction accomplishment.

    • D.W. It is difficult to choose one!  I thought that the amount and variety of pieces that we worked on last year for White Christmas was a great accomplishment by the whole team.  As far as mishaps are concerned, my graceful tumble off the shelves in the prop storage room was tough to beat!  Glad the spiral stairs were there to catch me!
    • T.N.  I enjoyed seeing how the separate pieces we had worked on for Aida came together as a whole and how the cast, crew and orchestra brought so much life to it all on stage.  More than made up for the occasional splinter.  

    At last, you’ve come to the multiple-choice portion of your interview.  Select from the lettered options to complete the following sentence:  The reason I volunteer at the Loft Stage is…

    A.  It’s a great way to give back and support my child’s interest in theater.
    B.  It satisfies man’s powerful subconscious drive to create.
    C.  One word:  George.
    D.  Two words:  Power Tools.
    E.  Any excuse to wear those attractive safety goggles.
    F.  Finally, an opportunity to use high school math to solve real world problems.

    • D.W.  All of the above.  Plus I have a whole new audience for awful puns.
    • T.N.  All!  And it’s often is a welcome refuge from our menagerie of cats, dogs and other pets.


    Gentlemen, thanks so much for your time and talents.  On behalf of the Loft Stage, The Newsletter salutes you.

  • Nov 27th


    Author By Cindy

    Aida Potluck photos

    Let the celebrations begin!  A few photos from the Aida Potluck.

  • Nov 4th


    Author By Cindy

    Have a Blast at the Gala

    Yes, you heard right, Aida is phenomenal.  This show has everything:  Music by Elton John!  Forbidden Romance!  Intrigue!  Betrayal!  Spears!  It’s another Loft Stage triumph, so let’s celebrate together.  Have fun as you support ERHS students and the cutting-edge theater happening on this side of the Mississippi by joining us for


    The Gala offers Egyptian boatloads of fun, as evidenced by:

    • A dazzlingly transformed party space, with an honest to goodness, super-swank, Oscar-worthy red carpet
    • Catering by Green Mill, complete with a coupon to Green Mill WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION (!)
    • Entertainment by Tropical Ballroom–break out the Bangles, cuz you’re gonna learn to Walk Like an Egyptian
    • Delectable hand-decorated cookies
    • Photos by Jeanne Berget—get your holiday pictures taken care of right here–how convenient!

    But wait, there’s more!  Don’t forget the legendary SILENT AUCTION.  It’s easy, just follow these simple steps:  1. Sign up for a bidding number when you arrive.  2. Check out the loot.  3. Bid on or purchase the loot you like.  4. Check your bids and bid some more during intermission.  5. After the show, pay for your loot.  6.  Smile, you did  good thing helping out ERHS theater.  There are over 60 fantastic items and one-of-a-kind gifts, including but not restricted to:

    • Minnesota Wild stuff, including a signed Zach Parise poster, and Nov. 15th game tickets
    • A gorgeous hand-painted Aida-themed display plate (see below!)
    • Two full-sized wooden spears, artisan crafted for the staging of Aida
    • A student sledding party at the Reimann’s
    • A Davanni’s in-home pizza party for 12
    • A keepsake photo book on the making of Aida at East Ridge High School for pre-order


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