Fall Musical
  • Sep 24th


    Author By Carlson

    Why Choose the “School Edition” and what does “School Edition” Really Mean?

    Ticket sales for our fall production of Les Miserables begin THIS FRIDAY!

    While the show is fairly well known, the school edition differs a bit from the original production.

    So the question remains…

    Why Choose the “School Edition” and what does “School Edition” Really Mean?

    One of the many questions we received after selecting Les Miserables as our fall production was “why choose the ‘school edition?’” After perusing several scores we landed on Les Miserables as a rich and challenging text for both students and audiences alike. The only issue with doing this show this year is that the touring company of Les Mis will be in Minnesota within the same calendar year, restricting rights for the original production. If we wanted to continue pursuing this show, our only legal option was to apply for school edition rights; and after reviewing the differences between the two versions, we felt the story, characters, conflict, and score were still the right fit for our season.

    So the question remains, what does “school edition” actually mean? It’s first important to understand what “school edition” doesn’t mean (ie – censorship). Contrary to the connotation, the school edition of Les Mis does not sanitize language nor does it remove the mature situations on the battlefield or the docks. Instead, the school edition seeks to abridge a lengthy score by removing a few unnecessary musical interludes, namely the counterpoint section of “The Confrontation,” much of “Dog Eats Dog,” and the “Wedding Chorale.” Thankfully, many of the most iconic Les Mis moments are very much in tact in this version, we’ll just be able to end the show at a more reasonable hour!

    For families wondering appropriateness of content for young audiences, we definitely leave that decision up to the discretion of parents and guardians; however, the content and language would merit a PG-13 rating. If you have any specific questions about content, feel free to email director Kajsa Jones (kjones@theloftstage.org).

  • Sep 11th


    Author By Carlson

    Musical Parent Meeting Recap


    Thanks so much for coming to the parent info session last night! As always, it was great to see familiar faces and it was even more wonderful to see some new ones. We love to have the involvement from as many parents as we can, so your interest in and willingness to help keeps our program afloat!

    Here is a brief summary of key details from the meeting. The full slideshow can be found here.

    1. Please take a few moments to fill out the following google form. We use information from this for future parent contact and for creating volunteer committees.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVFvglt11vBUb-XZtzyHtT88pS3Pd_Z9tiT3nz2m7YApl_Kw/viewform
    2. Please sign up for the Les Mis Remind – @erlesmis – We will use this form of communication for quick and important announcements. There was a parent request to use this during tech week to inform parents of extended rehearsal times as we tend to run later into the evening the week before opening. We appreciate this request and will do our best to let families know through this channel.
    3. The online rehearsal calendar is updated for the next two weeks and can be viewed here:https://theloftstage.org/erhs-theater/public-calendar/
    4. Should a student need to miss rehearsal, he or she is responsible for communicating any unexpected absences proactively to both Kajsa Jones (kjones@theloftstage.org) and to me (kcarlson1@sowashco.org).
    5. Please register online for the musical via the Activities office FeePay system: https://sowashco.feepay.com/ All musical participants are required to register by Friday, September 14th.
    6. If you haven’t already done so, you can order your Les Mis t-shirt here: https://store.theloftstage.org/
    7.  Remember to completely clear your schedules after MEA.
    8. Lastly, here are a few more important dates to put on your calendars:

    9/12 – Children’s Auditions – encourage those little performers to come audition!

    9/21 – Program Photos – if you are not there that day, your photo will be omitted from the program

    9/28 – tshirt and makeup kit orders due

    9/29 – Poster plaster

    MEA Weekend – Set load in (optional but we’d LOVE your help!)

    10/25 – First combined rehearsal with orchestra

    10/27 – Sound Tech Saturday

    11/3 – Tech Saturday

    11/9-11 & 11/16-18 – Performances

    11/18 – Set Strike

    Please let Kajsa Jones, director (kjones@theloftstage.org) and/or Katie Carlson, assistant director (kcarlson@theloftstage.org) know if you have any questions or concerns. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to our fabulous booster board all of whom have email contacts listed here: https://theloftstage.org/erhs-theater/boosters/


  • Sep 7th


    Author By Administrator

    Les Mis Tech Crew

    Tech Crew Presentation

    Please complete the following tech interest form so that we know what you are interested in doing once we start assigning crew roles. Please note that only performance crew positions are assigned and production crews are open to anyone who has registered and would like to join.

    Tech Crew Interest Form

  • Sep 2nd


    Author By Carlson

    Les Mis Children’s Auditions

    The Loft Stage is seeking energetic performers ages 4th-8th grade. We are looking to cast Young Cosette (F), Young Eponine (F), and Gavroche (M). Please prepare a song from the show, either “Castle on a Cloud” (female) or “Little People” (male). Sheet music is attached and accompaniment will be provided. Auditions will take place in the East Ridge High School Choir Room.

  • Aug 29th


    Author By Administrator

    Les Miserables Cast

    Thank you to everyone who auditioned for “Les Miserables.” We were so impressed with what you showed us and are incredibly proud of the work you did. We had a higher number of students audition this year than we have the past 4 years! If you were not cast, please continue to audition in the future and consider joining tech. The first technical crew meeting is Friday, September 7th at 3:45 in the choir room. The first rehearsal will be Thursday, August 30 in the Black Box.

    Valjean – Ethan Williams
    Fantine – Kat Grannis
    Javert – Alex Bretoi
    Marius – Jack Johnson
    Cosette – Abby Feuer
    Thenardier – McCrossen Schiller
    Madam Thenardier – Elizabeth Avery
    Enjolras – Carter Bannwarth
    Eponine – Baylee Stevenson


    Adam Garrity
    Adam Ryerse
    Alex Doran
    Alexa Sandberg
    Allison Benjamin
    Anya Lu
    Anya Steffel
    Arsema Belai
    Bella Massa
    Benjamin Sayers
    Cam Stevens
    Cassie Gleason
    Derek Dols
    Emily Johnson
    Emma Lilly
    Emma Pfeifer
    Erik Haering
    Erik Rasmussen
    Franklin Rapp
    Gabby Franus
    Iris Youngdahl
    Janie Mooreland
    Jason Chang
    Jonas Hallstrom
    Kate Christensen
    Lauren Mallak
    Lauren Nelson
    Lindsey Seif
    Luke Pfluger
    Maggie Barringer
    Maren VanDeest
    Maria Grismer
    Megan Macone-Handy
    Meghan Horan
    Meghan Roeser
    Miracle Etuakwu
    Natalie Engh
    Reed Williams
    Sammy Trevis
    Savannah John
    Sydney Baxter
    Sydney Bramel
    Sydney Richmond
    Valentina Arias Garcia
    Victoria Pommalath

    ***Supporting roles are still to be named from the ensemble