As a member of the International Thespian Society’s Minnesota Chapter, East Ridge High School boasts an active Thespian Troupe.  Each year, students have an opportunity to attend the state student theatre festival that provides training, performance opportunities, connections to colleges, scholarship opportunities, and a chance to meet other student thespians from around Minnesota. Operated by The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the world’s largest honor program for students in theatre arts. Students earn membership by participating in the school’s theatre program and accumulating points. Those ERHS students earning membership are formally inducted into ITS at the end of the school year during the Theatre Banquet. For more than seventy-five years, EdTA and ITS have worked together to honor student achievement in theatre, strengthen theatre education experiences, support theatre teachers and reward program excellence, and encourage the public to view theatre education as an essential way to enrich student lives and build life skills. Check out this website for more information: