ERHS Theater
  • Apr 4th


    Author By Director

    Comedian Kevin Breel at The Loft

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    Comedian and mental health activist Kevin Breel will hit the Loft Stage on Tuesday, April 7th. Kevin will be speaking and facilitating a panel of students. All are welcome to attend this free event sponsored in part by the Loft Stage and District #833.

  • Mar 31st


    Author By Cindy

    Spotlight on Mary Reimann



     Thanks a million, Mary!



    IT IS AN INDISPUTABLE FACT THAT ERHS theater has been one exceptionally lucky duck to have Mary Reimann for a booster.  Mary has been with the Loft Stage in a leadership capacity the entire time the Boosters have been a group–even before the school was built! After this school year, Mary may be stepping down from the ERHS theater Booster Board, but she is not stepping away from the Loft Stage.  Though Loftie Daughter 2 graduates this year, Mary plans to continue her volunteer efforts next year, coordinating the ERHS Loft Stage’s community outreach program.  With her boundless energy, generosity, talent, and passion for the arts, Mary has acquired many admirers in the theater world.  Her biggest fans, though, may be theater director Amanda Hestwood and Mary’s talented daughters and forever lofties, Anna and Julia Reimann.  These superfans had plenty of wonderful things to say:

    Amanda Hestwood: Mary has been an invaluable support to the staff, parents and students who make up our program. Her dedication and passion for music and theater has brought an important perspective to what we do.  I am beyond grateful for her leadership over the last seven years!

    Anna Reimann: It has been such an amazing experience having my mom be such a big part of the theater program at East Ridge! She is so supportive of all of the actors, techies, and orchestra members alike! From the very beginning she has always wanted the best for the program and loves helping in any way she can! I am so grateful for all she has done and the support she has been for my sister and me and for many others!

    Julia Reimann: Being able to have my mom present for all the joys and excitement of theater at the Loft was such an immense gift.  She, herself, is an incredible actress and beautiful singer who encouraged us from day one and embedded in us a great passion for the arts.  Mom has been a mother to so many in the Loft in addition to Anna and me in the way that she welcomes and embraces all.  We love her so! She has given so much to this program and I am so grateful.

    So folks, if you see Mary Reimann around–which shouldn’t be hard since she is almost ALWAYS around the Loft–make sure to thank her and tell her how supercalifragilisticexpialidocious you think she is.

  • Dec 30th


    Author By Cindy

    Almost, Maine Wish List

    Almost, Maine costume and prop needs FOR DONATION OR ON LOAN:
    • Old pillow cases (solid white is best, but any will do). These will be sewn together to make the large “bags of Love”
    • Ring Box
    • Fake engagement rings *Please do not donate anything with value. We just need a few simple rings that will attract and reflect light
    • 3-4 Lawn chairs with or without cup holders –
    • 3-4 Wooden stumps for sitting – Like what one would find around a campfire
    • Laundry Basket
    • Ironing board
    • Men’s and Women’s Ice Skates – One Pair of each. Can be hockey or traditional skates. Men’s sizes 11 and up. Women’s sizes 6 and up.
    • Maine travel brochure or book
    • Modern winter coats, hats, mittens, gloves, boots, scarves, etc.
    • Snow pants, snowsuits, snowmobile suits (If anyone has any Arctic Cat and or Polaris gear they’re willing to let us borrow, that would be AWESOME!)
    • Snowmobile helmets
    Many of the above items can be lent and returned back to their original owner. Please let Mrs. V know if you would like your items returned, and she will keep personal track of their whereabouts. Thank you!
  • Oct 30th


    Author By Director

    Gala and Silent Auction Support Educational Theater

    promo 6Our 6th annual Gala and Silent Auction will continue to support student opportunities in educational theater through scholarships, workshop opportunities, specialized staff and ongoing programs like the International Thespian Society and the Spotlight Musical Theatre Program.

    This year’s event will not only have performances by local recording artist Verskotzi and food catered from Green Mill, Walt Disney Studios will be on hand to help promote the upcoming movie of Into the Woods, opening on Christmas Day. The silent auction will be the best yet with original works of art, sports memorabilia, local restaurants and businesses as well as priceless pieces from our shows.

    The gala costs only $10.00 and all proceeds will go to support East Ridge Theater’s education programs. The event begins at 6:00pm on November 7th prior to our 7:30pm opening night performance of Into the Woods.

  • Oct 2nd


    Author By Director

    Volunteer Requirements

    All adults who will be volunteering to work directly with students are required to have a background check performed through District #833. Please complete the Volunteer Background Check form and  return it to Amanda Hestwood at ERHS.

  • May 30th


    Author By Cindy

    Volunteer Corner: The Loft Stage’s Outstanding Volunteers of 2013-2014

    For years now, former booster board member MARY KEIFFER has been a familiar face at Loft functions.  Always willing to take a lead role on many, many projects, this year’s Outstanding Volunteer dependably follows through with an attention to detail that ensures consistency and quality in all of her efforts.  This year Mary headed up the Fall Gala and Silent Auction, and in her capable hands, the Loft Stage’s biggest fundraiser of the year was a huge success.  And Mary has been tireless, volunteering for ticket sales, poster plaster, special events, etc., etc., the list goes on.  Lucky for the Loft Stage, Mary plans to continue volunteering next year, once again leading the monumental Gala planning efforts.

    When it comes to Loft Stage events, DEB and CHUCK ECKBERG are everywhere.  Because this dynamic duo volunteers A LOT and often together, the Eckbergs were selected jointly as a Loft Stage Outstanding Volunteer.  Of course, they contribute tremendously as individuals:  Chuck secured a large number of donations for the Fall Silent Auction, for example, and Deb organized the potluck dinner for AIDA strike.  But let’s be real, together these two are a force of nature.  The Loft asks, and BAM!  The Eckbergs deliver.  The Loft is giddy to learn they will be sticking around next year.

    Last but not least, go-to guys DAVE WINSTON and TODD NELSON are George’s and Jimmy’s picks as outstanding production volunteers.  Given their impressive work ethics, it comes as no surprise these two volunteers already were featured in a previous newsletter way back in January.  Their Q & A is reprinted below in its entirety:

    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?

    DW–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.

    TN–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?  

    DW–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!

    TN–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?

    DW–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.

    TN–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.

    DW–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!

    TN–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.

    DW–All of the above.  Plus I have a whole new audience for awful puns.

    TN–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.

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