• Jan 21st


    Author By Director

    Spotlight Technicians Masterclass

    When: February 27, 2016

    Two available sessions. Choose one:
    Session I: 9-12:30
    Session II: 1:30-5

    Where: The Orpheum Theatre


    What: Participating Spotlight schools are invited to send their technicians to this first ever Technicians Masterclass led by our Union department heads at The Orpheum Theatre. The Masterclass is free of cost to Spotlight schools but space is limited so sign up today.

    Workshop Descriptions. Students will attend 3 workshops through their session based on preferences and availability.

    Tour with Dave Marietta, Engineer and Theatre Operations Manager for the Orpheum

    • Explore the Orpheum and discuss what management goes into making a touring show operate in a theatre like ours.


    • A hands on experiences hanging and focusing lights on the Orpheum stage, see what it takes to light up a stage of this size.

    Spot Operator

    • Head on up to the Spot booth and learn about the equipment and test your steady hand at focusing and following.

    Sound Designer

    • Learn what it takes to build and design a professional show. Take your turn at the board and test your ear.

    Lead Carpenter

    • Understand what it takes to be a part of a much larger team, hear stories, and band together for a hands on experience of hanging legs.

    Fly Systems

    • Take the climb to learn about the inner workings of the gulley. Learn what it takes to master and handle the rail, from below, or above.
  • Jan 21st


    Author By Director

    Spotlight Dance Masterclass

    We have a rare and limited opportunity to offer a Dance Masterclass led by cast members from Newsies. This class will take place on February 11th at the Cowles Center. This is open to any of our Spotlight kids but is available on a first come, first serve basis. I would encourage you to think about reaching out to a few of your featured dancers and even your male dancers that you want to develop or you think would benefit and enjoy this experience. A variety of technical levels will be accommodated. There is a $5 fee per dancer for the class. As always, if cost is an issue just let us know and we can provide scholarships if need be. To start out each school will be limited to 10 students. If there are available spots we will reach back out. Students should sign up individually so feel free to share the link for their registration with your students reminding them that space is limited!


    Along with this amazing opportunity we have access to a few education-priced tickets. These tickets are $52 and include pizza following the masterclass. With the entire run practically sold out, this is a great opportunity. When you register for the masterclass please check the box if you would like to also attend the show and we will get that purchase information to you. Students attending the workshop will have first crack at the show tickets. If we have any available we will open them up to non-workshop attendees. Keep in mind that we have more space in the workshop than we do tickets for the show so registering quickly is critical. I wish that we could accommodate everyone but Disney runs a pretty tight ship.


    Click on this link for more information and to register for the Masterclass and get on the list for show tickets.

  • Jan 19th


    Author By Director

    Support the Loft on January 26th at Chipotle!

  • Jan 8th


    Author By Director

    Register for the MN Thespian Conference

    2016 Conference info sheet final

    East Ridge students should register here and then bring a check for $50.00 to Ms. Hestwood. Add $10.00 for a t-shirt and subtract $10.00 if you register for an NIES performance. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 15, 2016


  • Dec 8th


    Author By Abby

    LoftPAC Meeting Minutes~December

    If you missed the meeting on December 7th, below is all of the information we covered:

    Dec. 15th: Holiday Party at The Loft! We will be hosting a holiday party for the LoftPAC at the Loft starting at 7:30 P.M. It will begin with a potluck, so we request that you bring either soda, chips/crackers, or a dessert to share. We will then proceed into the theatre and watch a holiday movie on the projector! All lofties are invited to attended…see you there!

    Dec. 16th: At 9:40 A.M., the Lofties will be taking our yearbook picture in the theatre. Please put this date and in your time in your calendar so you do not forget.

    Dec. 18th: We will be going to see Into The Woods @ Eastview High School that night. The cost is $5. Please sign up outside of Ms.Hestwood’s office if you would like to attend.

    Dec. 26th: The 2nd Annual Alumni Cabaret! The alumni are coming home to the Loft and they are putting on a cabaret for everyone! After the cabaret, there will be a celebration for all the parents of the Lofties at the Tamarack Tap Room. This is a parents only event (sorry Lofties) so tell your parents to attend so they can be celebrated for all they day. If you have any questions about the Tap Room party, contact

    Sometime over winter break, we will be having a viewing party of our production of Fiddler on the Roof. More information to come….stay tuned!

    Jan. 2nd: We will be having a Cast/Crew/Orchestra Party! (Time TBD) Contact for more information!

    MN Thespian Festival: Registration is now open for the MN Thespian Festival in February! Please consider preparing a NIES, which can either be a solo song, a duet song, a group song, a solo acting, a duet acting, or group acting piece (you can do more than one!). For more information and to register, visit or contact or

    February: We are still continuing making pinwheels for our community outreach project, and in February we will visit Rainbow Kids Klubs at the elementary schools. If you have any questions, contact

    If you have any photos from Loftie events during the year, please send them to for the end of year slideshow!

    Thanks Lofties!

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