Congratulations! to the cast, crew and orchestra of The Little Mermaid for receiving 18 Hennepin Theatre Trust SpotLight Awards including Outstanding Technical Team, Outstanding Technical Crew, Outstanding Overall Performance, Outstanding Overall Production and Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre awards.

Welcome to The Loft Stage

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!
FEBRUARY 3RD-4TH A Wilder Night of Theater

The Loft Stage proudly presents Thornton Wilder's Childhood and The Long Christmas Dinner. Childhood is a provocative, sometimes chilling comedy, where Wilder renders a child’s eye view of the grown-up world, as father, mother, and their three children play a revealing game of make-believe. The Long Christmas Dinner is a charming slice of American life covering 90 Christmas dinners with the Bayard family.

May 8th


MN Scholars of Distinction!

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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!

Apr 27th


Spotlight Event with Laura Osnes

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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:

Mar 23rd


A Royal Run-in

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BernadetteMaggie Eckberg (’17) and Quintin Walker (’17) had a few minutes with Broadway royalty last weekend after attending the Bernadette Peters concert in Minneapolis. Quintin played Jack in Into the Woods this fall while Maggie played the Witch, the role Ms. Peters originated in 1986 on Broadway.

Mar 6th


Jazz 2016

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Purchase your tickets today by clicking on the ticket tab above!

15 Jazz @ The Loft Poster

Mar 3rd


The Debutante’s Ball Features Jeric Basillio

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The Debutante’s Ball at the History Theatre runs from March 21st to April 12th and features East Ridge senior Jeric Basillio. Tickets and information can be found at the history

Feb 18th


Thespian Conference Recap

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image1 DSC_0057East Ridge hosted the first day of the MN Thespian Conference this weekend and District #833 students walked away with a number of accolades of which to be proud.
In the National Individual Events Showcase, students who were rated “Accomplished” earned an invitation to the International Thespian Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska this summer.
East Ridge had eleven of fifteen entries earn an Accomplished rating:
Garrett Hildebrandt-Solo Musical
Garrett Hildebrandt-Monologue
Anna Reimann and Abby Winston-Musical Duet
Anna Reimann-Solo Musical
Abby Winston- Solo Musical
Christina Ippoliti-Solo Musical
Kaylee Cates-Solo Musical
Maggie Eckberg-Solo Musical
Quintin Walker-Solo Musical
Thomas Sullivan-Monologue
Mark May-Monologue

On Saturday night, East Ridge’s Maggie Eckberg performed in the All-State Show, Spring Awakening, and Ben McKenzie, Rose Larson, Alec McCoy, Colleen Jensen, Jenna Kotz, Kira Bauman and Alyssa Thome served as the technical crew. On Monday, East Ridge’s Garrett Hildebrandt was given the honor to perform his solo selection, Stars from Les Miserables, at the awards ceremony at the Guthrie.

In the Tech Challenge, the PHS and ERHS teams did very well with PHS tying for third place and ERHS finishing in second place led by the first place finish of Ben McKenzie in the Cable Coil.

Park High School also had three students earn an Accomplished rating in NIES.
MaiDer Chang-Monologue
Ryan Zako-Monologue
Melody Armstrong-Monologue

Woodbury High School attended the conference for the first time with Elena Cressy and Molly Roche representing their theater program.


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