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  • Oct 29th

    2013

    Author By Director

    Aida Volunteers Needed!

     

    AIDA Volunteers Needed

    Our AIDA Opening Night Gala is less than three weeks away, and we are in need of many  volunteers. There are time slots available  at the  various dates and times throughout the show’s run. Please click on the links below and check your calendars to see where you might be able to volunteer.  We are particularly in need of help with the Gala and Silent Auction on Opening Night. There are also many slots to fill in Merchandise, Ice cream , Flower and Ticket Sales. If you signed up at Parent’s Night, I will send  an e-mail to remind you of the date and time you already signed up. I would appreciate you adding your name to the sign up genius as well. It is your volunteer efforts that will help make this show a huge success! Thank you all so much!

    To sign up for the Gala/Silent Auction, click the link below:

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4AAFAF2EA31-aida

    To sign up for ticket sales, click on the link below:

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4AAFAF2EA31-ticket

    To sign up for ice cream sales, click on the link below:

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4AAFAF2EA31-icecream

    To sign up for flower/merchandise sales, click on the link below:

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4AAFAF2EA31-flower/

  • Sep 28th

    2013

    Author By Cindy

    Aida Gala and Silent Auction FAQ

    As you know, the ERHS musicals are, hands down, the best theatre value around.  And you’ve heard this year’s show is already phenomenal in rehearsals!  Face it—you long to get swept up in the swoony, forbidden romance spectacle that is Aida.  Well, tickets are disappearing fast, so Get On It.  And if you really want to do it up in style, hit the pre-show Gala—the party of the year.

    GALA FAQs

    Q:  What do you get for your Gala and Show tickets?

    A:  An $8 to $10 ticket to the opening night PERFORMANCE gets you:

    • Awesome show for a ridiculously low price
    • Awesome hand-decorated cookies
    • Access to the Silent Auction, also awesome

    A $10 ticket to the opening night GALA gets you:

    • The chance to celebrate educational theater in a community that values arts education.
    • Red carpet glitz and glamor, and, if you’d like, a great excuse to dress up
    • A dazzling, thoroughly transformed, beautifully decorated party space
    • Leisurely viewing of and bidding on all that Silent Auction swag
    • Roving appetizer trays from Green Mill and a $10 coupon to Green Mill on the back of your $10 Gala ticket!
    • Professional photographer, Jeanne Berget, to take spiffy family pictures
    • Entertainment fit for Nubian and Egyptian royalty

    SILENT AUCTION FAQs

    Q:  Do I have to attend the Gala to bid on Silent Auction items?

    A:  No.  All are welcome to check out the goods and place their bids.  Just sign up for a bidder number before you get started.

    Q:  When do I know if I win, and do I have to be present?

    A:  Bidding closes five minutes before the end of intermission.  People can check their bids either before the show’s second half starts or after the show is over.  We do prefer you pay for and pick up your winnings that same night.

    Q:  What sorts of donations are you still looking for?

    A:  Everything and anything.  We need people to ask retailers for donations–remember they may value the 900+ opening night audience publicity.  Cash always works.  Or put together a theme basket.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

    Gift Cards:

    For local services:

    • Heppners Auto Body
    • Oil change
    • Teeth whitening
    • Manicures/pedicures
    • Massage
    • Hair salons

    and from local businesses:

    • Liquor stores
    • Starbucks/Caribou/Steepery
    • Sporting Goods Stores (Dick’s, Sports Authority, Gander Mountain, etc.)
    • Department stores, like Target (of course)
    • Woodbury Lakes
    • Boutique shops
    • Restaurants in Woodbury, Hudson, Afton, Lake Elmo, etc.

    Or throw together a theme basket, with or without gift cards, such as:

    • Italian dinner (noodles, sauce, cheese grinder, cookbook)
    • Tasting oil sampler
    • Chips and salsa sampler
    • Baking basket (baking pan, spatula, baking mix, cupcake liners, etc)
    • Hostess basket: (lotions, holiday towels, fancy soaps, etc)
    • Dog Lovers (gift card to a pet supply store, toys, treats, copy of Old Yeller, etc)
    • Family Movie Night (look for holiday, teenage, children’s, and/or comedy classics to create a theme, then add popcorn)
    • Slumber party basket (hair and nail supplies; Any John Hughes movie; snacks)
    • Family Game Night
    • Wine lovers
    • Beer connoisseur
    • Tea and coffee sampler
    • Chocolate lovers
    • Sports lovers
    • Hair and Nail care for guys or gals
    • Booklovers–Bestsellers, mysteries, young adult, etc.
    • Essential cookbooks
    • College student survival packages

    Q:  Where should I drop off donations?

    A:  Contact Sara Finn (tel # 651-714-9510 or snfinn@comcast.net)–she will pick up your donations from you.  OR, you can drop them off at Sara’s house—there will be a bin outside her front door for donations:

    10580 Pinnacle Way, Woodbury MN 55129

    Q:  When are donations due?

    A:  As soon as possible!  We will take donations up until Monday, October 28. but since we need to put together descriptions for the items, the sooner we receive them the better.

    Again, feel free to contact Sara at snfinn@comcast.net with any questions, and thanks again for your support of the Loft Stage’s largest fundraiser of the year!

     

  • Sep 28th

    2013

    Author By Cindy

    Props for Aida

                                                          Props needed for Aida!

    Lots of props are needed to ensure Aida visually pops on stage, and the Loft Stage really needs your help to make this happen. George would be delighted to receive any of the following items when he is in the shop–hours are Monday-Thursday 6:30 to 9:00 in the evenings, or Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The sooner you can get these items to George, the better.  Many thanks in advance!

    George’s wish list:

    • Baskets – Medium size and large hamper size
    • Silk Flowers and greenery
    • Vases – Rose bud vases that we can paint and medium size metal vases
    • Bowls – Wooden or brass-like metal or tin
    • Fake fruit and vegetables
    • Jewelry – Fake jewelry and beads
    • Wine goblets, plastic
    • Wine pitcher plastic
    • Metal trays
    • Boxes – Wooden with/without lids
    • Muslin fabric or white bed sheets
    • Upholstery Fabric – Remnants in rich jewel colors
    • Rope – Medium to thick twine-type
    • Latex Paint – Any colors (no enamel paints or stains)

     

  • Aug 3rd

    2013

    Author By Cindy

    August 2013 Newsletter Feature: Meet Joe Holdman

    Joe Holdman, Lighting Designer.

    I love the way lighting combines technology with visual arts to facilitate storytelling, and that it cannot be done effectively without willing collaboration.  I am flexible and love to help others – so ask questions, I’m happy to answer anything! I also greatly appreciate reliability, hard work, and focus.

    Two Truths and a Lie:

    a) I have worked as a venue lighting technician for tours of Styx, America, Foreigner, Steve Miller Band, and Cloud Cult.

    b) In my spare time I like to escape to the woods with my brother.

    c) I have a secret love for 80’s music – the more awful synths, the better.

     

    (b is the lie–I do love camping and other assorted outdoor activities, but I am an only child.)

  • Aug 3rd

    2013

    Author By Cindy

    August 2013 Newsletter Feature: Meet Brent Comeau

    Brent Comeau, ERHS Band Director & Pit Orchestra Conductor

    What do I like best about my job?  Making music, of course!  I love working with students to realize their full potential and create awesome music together.  Professional Broadway musical books include challenging music (to say the least).  We read the same music the professionals do on Broadway!  That said, with some hard work and dedication…we can rule this music and make it our own!

     

    Two Truths and a Lie:

    a) I’ve played tuba with the United States “Pershing’s Own” Army Band in Washington, DC.

    b) I’ve performed live on stage at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado with The Moody Blues and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

    c) I’ve conducted the pit orchestra for Singin’ in the Rain, Suessical, Anything Goes, Honk!, & My Fair Lady.

     

    (b is the lie:  I’ve never seen the Moody Blues, but playing at Red Rocks would be amazing. 🙂 )

  • Aug 3rd

    2013

    Author By Cindy

    August 2013 Newsletter Feature: Meet Elizabeth Gullick

    Elizabeth Gullick, Vocal Music Director

    I love musicals, so I’m very excited to get to be part of one at East Ridge! I am passionate about making sure young singers continue to advance their vocal technique in a healthy way.  I expect students to work hard, and come ready to learn. I also think singing is the most fun thing in the world. 🙂

    Two Truths and a Lie:

    a) I have lived in 6 states: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Washington.

    b) While on a choir tour in high school, I climbed a mountain in British Columbia with well-known Canadian composer Stephen Hatfield.

    c) My first role in a theatrical production was in 6th grade.  I played a penguin, and everything I said started with the letter “P”.

     

    (a is the lie—I have never lived in Wisconsin.)

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