LoftPAC
  • May 25th

    2015

    Author By Cindy

    Abby Winston’s Year-End Reflections

    Abby

    Abby Winston: Queen of the Lofties

     

    LoftPAC president Abby Winston has known plenty of triumphs and tribulations during her four years as an ERHS Loftie, but she’s not complaining about that roller coaster ride, because when she found the Loft, she found friends like no other.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Q: As a student leader of the Loft Stage, what have been your high points and low points this year?

    A: My high point of the year was definitely the whole process of Into the Woods. From auditions to the closing of the show, the cast was so dedicated and so excited to make every aspect of the show the very best it could be. The closeness of the cast is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. My low point of the year is a personal one. It was really difficult not being cast in the winter play. Not being in the show made me lose connection with the rest of the program, so I felt like I wasn’t being a very good LoftPAC president. I hope I redeemed myself in the Spring :)

    Q:  You’ve been deeply involved in theater for the past four years.  What is your absolutely favorite memory?

    A: My absolute favorite memory of my four years at The Loft Stage is the hour and a half between when we were told that the cast list for Into the Woods would be posted and the time when it actually was posted. Everyone was on Twitter–actors, pit members, crew members, alumni– waiting for the list. There were many “Agony” jokes and encouraging tweets at each other. The fun on Twitter before the list was posted made waiting for the list a little easier, and really started off the positive musical cast camaraderie that I talked about before.

    Q:  From your student perspective, what is the Loft Stage’s greatest strength?  How about its greatest weakness?

    A: The Loft Stage’s greatest strength is the talent that we have here. But that is also its greatest weakness. Obviously our amazing talent allows us to put on shows that rival some professional productions, but it also can discourage new people from auditioning and even current Lofties from setting high goals for themselves.

    Q: If you could change one thing about the Loft or the Loftie experience, what would it be?

    A: If I could change one thing about the Loftie experience, it would be to not take everything so seriously. This is still high school theatre! We can have an incredible production and still have fun- especially during audition week.

    Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie?

    A: Zooey Deschanel, obviously. Another awkward brunette with bangs who plays the ukulele.

    Q: What words of wisdom do you have for the Loft Theater students who will be here next year?

    A: My words of wisdom for current and future Lofties is to not let an award affect how you feel about your performance. I know how obsessed we all get about SpotLight during the musical, but please don’t let SpotLight results determine how you felt about your performance. If you were proud of yourself before SpotLight awards were announced, don’t let your award change your opinion of yourself.

    SIDE NOTE: It has been such a pleasure leading you guys this year. You guys are my best friends, my biggest supporters, and my favorite people in the whole world, so continue to be amazing, and I can’t wait to see what you do in the future!

    -Love, Abby

  • May 25th

    2015

    Author By Cindy

    Banquet 2015

  • May 8th

    2015

    Author By Director

    MN Scholars of Distinction!

    Scholars of DistinctionAnna Reimann and Garrett Hildebrandt were selected as Minnesota Scholars of Distinction by the Minnesota Department of Education. Pictured above with their scene partners Samantha Wynn and Tony May, these talented Lofties will be honored in a ceremony on May 16th at the Perpich Center for the Arts in Golden Valley.

    Garrett has been selected to perform at the ceremony, the second time in two years that an East Ridge student has been selected for this singular honor.

    Congratulations Anna and Garrett on your hard work and outstanding achievement!

  • May 4th

    2015

    Author By Maggie

    LoftPAC Meeting Minutes~May

    May 11th~ Laura and Friends Masterclass! Laura Osnes, the Spotlight spokesperson and Broadway actress, will be hosting a masterclass for all aspects of performance! It is from 6-8:30 P.M. and it is free, but you must register ahead of time. More information can be found if you click on the LoftPAC tab. Note: This is the night of the choir concert, so many of you will not be able to attend. But if you can, please take advantage of this opportunity!

    May 20th~ Theatre Banquet! We will be celebrating the amazing year the ERHS Theatre Program has had and honoring all of the amazing Lofties we have and some amazing Loftie parents! Bring your friends and family too. The cost is $10 per person. Tickets can be bought at the Loft Stage Store on the website! WE NEED A FINAL HEADCOUNT BY FRIDAY, SO PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ORDERS BY FRIDAY OR SOONER. Hope to see you there!

    Our Spotlight Medley is posted on the Loft Stage website. Please review this and note if you have any new conflicts, please tell Ms.Hestwood if so. The schedule can be found under the LoftPAC tab if you click on Spotlight Calendar and the Rehearsal Calendar.

    May 29th~ Newport Day! This is a day for several Lofties to travel to Newport to spend the day with some elementary school kids and show them how much fun theatre is, play theatre games with them, and have a great time! If you are interested in voulenteering to go, the sign up sheet can be found outside Ms.Hestwood’s office.

    Officers for the 2015-2016 School Year~ If you are interested in applying to be an officer for next year, you need to schedule a time slot with Ms.Hestwood to do your interview. Ms.Hestwood’s schedule for the week is posted outside her office, so please sign up for a time slot ASAP. ALL INTERVIEWS SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY FRIDAY!

    Lettering~ All lettering forms should have been completed by last Friday, but you can still turn them in! PLEASE TURN THEM IN BY TOMORROW IF POSSIBLE! Please don’t let your hard work this year go unrewarded!

    Thespian Points~ Today at the meeting, Lofties got a chance to fill out their thespian points sheets for the last time this year. If you were unable to attend the meeting, find your folder in Ms.Hestwood’s office and update it. PLEASE UPDATE ALL FORMS BY TOMORROW IF POSSIBLE! If they are not updated before Friday, they will not be counted towards this year!! Don’t let your hard work this year go unnoticed!

     

     

     

     

  • Apr 27th

    2015

    Author By Director

    Spotlight Event with Laura Osnes

    Laura Osnes & Friends Masterclass! We are very excited to offer to you and your students an amazing night of Musical Theatre workshops led by Laura Osnes and a group of her esteemed actor friends from the Twin Cities. The night, hosted by Hill Murray School, will include a panel Q & A and breakout sessions including Acting a song, Dancing with a partner, Monologue Tips, Vocal strategies, etc. The team of guest artists includes Laura, Tony Vierling, Sally Wingert, Danny McHugh, and more. Please register for this FREE SpotLight workshop. I hope you encourage your students to take advantage of this exciting educational opportunity. We believe this will be a night to inspire and challenge you and your students.
    **The Masterclass is May 11th from 6-8:30pm. More info on the night and the guest teaching artists can be found on our registration page. Here: http://www.hennepintheatretrust.org/forms/laura-and-friends-spotlight-masterclass

  • Apr 6th

    2015

    Author By Maggie

    LoftPAC Meeting Minutes~ April

    April 7th~ Kevin Breel event at the Loft! The refreshments table begins at 6 and Kevin Breel goes on at 7! This is an awesome opportunity for our “No One is Alone” Campaign this year! Please come to this amazing event and learn more about some current problems in today’s youth!

    April 10th~ We need 6 volunteers to help with “Jazz at the Loft” this Friday! Please sign up to help on the sign up sheets outside Ms.Hestwood’s office!

    April 10th~ T-shirt orders and make-up orders due!

    April 10/11th~ We still need volunteers for helping with “kid wrangling” and entertaining the kids on Friday and Saturday while Liberty Ridge Elementary School does their show: “Snow White”. Please sign up to help, and note that this is a great opportunity to earn more thespian points! Sign up sheets can be found outside Ms.Hestwood’s office.

    April 11th~ Poster Plaster for the Crucible at 10 A.M.! It is expected that you are there if you are a part of the show, unless you have a pre-determined conflict! A sign up sheet can be found outside Ms.Hestwood’s office.

    April 10th-12th and 17th-19th~ We need ushers for “The Importance of Being Earnest” at the Black Box! A separate link can be found on the LoftPAC tab for more information. A sign up sheet can also be found outside of Ms.Hestwood’s office.

    This weekend (starting Thursday)~The show at Lake Middle School: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is premiering! Our own amazing Abby Winston has been student directing and this is a show you do not want to miss!

    April 13th~ There is a Triple Threat Workshop through Spotlight! All students are welcome, but if you are participating in Triple Threat this year or want to learn more about it, it is highly recommended that you attend! Talk to Brendan Finn for more information.

    April 20th~ There is a Spotlight Workshop hosted at ERHS at 7 P.M in the choir room. This is a dialect workshop, specifically for Yiddish! (Think: Fiddler on the Roof ;)

    If you are considering auditioning for WCT’s production of “Les Miserables” and you are concerned about conflicts with Spotlight, talk to Ms.Hestwood for more information about how it will all work out.

    April 24th-26th and 30th-May 3rd~ Park High School presents “Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella”! We are organizing a group to attend, so if you are interested in going, sign up on the sign up sheet outside of Ms.Hestwood’s office.

    May 1st~ LoftPAC officer applications are due! If you are interested in applying to be an officer next year, talk to Ms.Hestwood to get an application form.

    May 1st~ Theatre Lettering forms are due! If you are interested in lettering, pick up a lettering form outside of Ms.Hestwood’s office.

    May 1st~All updated Thespian forms due to earn more Thespian points!

    May 2nd~ QPR training @ noon @ ERHS.

    May 1st-3rd~ We need ushers for The Crucible! Sign up sheets can be found outside of Ms.Hestwood’s office.

    May 20th~ The Loft Stage Banquet! Tickets are only $10 for a fun night of awards, performances, and remembrance on the great year the Loft Stage/LoftPAC has had!

    May 29th~ Newport Day! During the school day, 8 Lofties will be selected to go play theatre games and teach elementary school kids about all the great things theatre has to offer! If you are interested in going, a sign up sheet can be found out Ms.Hestwood’s office.

    June 15th~ SPOTLIGHT!!!!!!

    Stay updated and connected to the Loft Stage and all the things going on with Facebook, Twitter, Remind 101, and Instagram! Any questions on how to get more connected? See Maggie Eckberg.

    Send in any photos you have taken this year of Lofties doing Loftie things to areimann@theloftstage.org for the end of year slide show at the Banquet! In addition, seniors, send in your senior photos to that same email or ahestwood@theloftstage.org for the end of year slide show!

    Seniors~ See Ms.Hestwood if you have money in your individual theatre account.

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