• Jun 27th


    Author By Director

    Guthrie Shakespeare Camp Auditions

    Tuesday, July 1st from 4pm-6pm,
    Saturday, July 5th from 4pm-6pm
    AND Sunday, July 6th from 3pm-6pm.

    A 10-day workshop featuring basic acting workshops, movement workshops, and Shakespeare Master Classes. Admission is by audition and interview.

    The workshop is designed for High School Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (Fall 2014). The workshop will focus on understanding, speaking, and acting Shakespeare, along with basic tenets of acting.

    The Guthrie is seeking talented students with acting experience who are ready for ten days of high-level training. Sessions will run from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday – Saturday. There will be no class on Sunday. There is a fee of $300 total for the workshop. However, students should not be dissuaded from auditioning because of the fee; we will make every effort to assist worthy actors with necessary scholarships! Lodging and meals are not provided. This project is an excellent transition opportunity for high school students interested in forging a path to professional-level theater training programs.

    For more information, please contact Amanda Davis, Company Development Assistant at the Guthrie, by emailing or by calling 612.225.6183.

  • May 30th


    Author By Cindy

    Reflections from the 2013-2014 LoftPAC Co-Presidents

    Year-End Q & A with Alex Berger (AB) and Katherine Spicuzza (KS)

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

    AB–My personal high points definitely came in how much I grew as a stage manager/student director.  I discovered that it’s definitely one of my favorite passions and can’t wait to continue in the future.  The lows?  Not always reaching out and connecting with everyone instead of just the people I already knew.

    KS–High point of the year was definitely Aida.  I felt like everyone did a really incredible job of bonding with castmates and keeping a positive morale throughout the show—not to mention that everyone worked their butts off on stage and off to make the production the best it could be.  Definitely the highlight of my theater career, and I think it was really good for the theater program.  Low point(s) of the year: Twitter drama.  It was really disappointing to see people keep tweeting and sub-tweeting negative comments after we had big group conversations about what constituted appropriate behavior online and in person.  If you have a problem, resolve it face to face, or talk to an adult who can help you sort out the situation.

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

    AB–My absolutely favorite memory on the Loft Stage is easily the opening night of Aida.  Everyone had worked so hard to make the show come together and it was an absolute joy to watch all of that effort pay off that night.

    KS–Favorite memory would have to be getting three Outstandings from the Spotlight judges for my performance as Martha Watson in White Christmas.  After a very tumultuous time, I was awarded for my hard work and dedication.  I needed that.

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

    AB–The Loft Stage’s biggest strength is how many opportunities are made available to students.  There is a state-of-the-art space with a wonderful staff and phenomenal resources at your disposal.  Ironically, I think that the biggest weakness lies in how great the Loft Stage is.  The size of the space and the quality of the shows can be intimidating to some.  It truly is an absolutely wonderful program, however.

    KS–I think our greatest strength is the selecting and casting of shows.  These directors really pick shows that highlight the talent we have, and we do a really good job performing the shows, too.  I think our greatest weakness is the negativity that can surround the audition process.  Spreading bad mojo around casting makes it harder to enjoy the successes of those who got parts.  Once the casting list is out, students should take three to six hours to suck it up, and then focus on making the show the best one possible.

    Q  As drama student representatives and theater insiders, presumably you have your respective fingers on the pulse of the LoftPAC.  What is your opinion of the overall theater student experience—morale, satisfaction, motivation, sense of belonging, etc.?

    AB–After this year, I feel that everyone was very proud and content.  The program put on four wonderful performances this school year and people made many new friends and memories along the way.  The thing that excites me the most is seeing returning students already excited and passionate about next year.  I know this program still has nowhere to go but up.

    KS–I would say that belonging is something the upperclassmen were good at this year: being inclusive of the newer and younger kids.  I think most of the kids felt like they could fit in somewhere, and several leaders tried hard to say hi to everyone and check in every once in a while across the many different areas of theater.  But morale can change fast—it’s high when we can be civil, but it’s brought down with negativity.  I think motivation is what we do best—lots of students are out to get a role, and they bring the competition.  We just need to learn how to be civil while being competitive.  You don’t need to put anyone down, just do your best and know that others are doing their best too.  Remember, these directors know how to cast a show well, so leave it up to them.  In the end, even though we have our rough times, overall student satisfaction is pretty good.  Theater kids stick together.

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

    AB–This is going to sound weird, but Kevin Costner.  The only reason being that he usually stars in sports related films, and those who know me know I’m a sports fanatic.  However, if I’m not in a sports movie, he’s out the window.  Maybe Channing Tatum?  I can see the resemblance…

    KS–Maureen O’Hara—another fiery spirited ginger.  And she’s gorgeous.

    Q  What words of wisdom do you have for next year’s returning Loft theater students?

    AB–Always work hard and stay committed.  The shows put on by the Loft Stage are possible only through your efforts.  Embrace the Loft Stage; it offers so many wonderful opportunities to all of you.  Be respectful to your peers and directors—I know this is theater, but leave the drama at the door.  Finally, HAVE FUN!!  I can’t wait to see how this program continues to blossom in the years to come.  Keep shining, Lofties!

    KS–Strive to include everyone and keep the positive vibes flowing through LoftPac.  Theater kids are some of the best leaders in the school, so step up.  Being a leader can be hard, but you have to stay above the peer pressure.  Be nice.  Nothing bad ever came of being nice.  If you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing.  And seek to solve problems in person—not online.

     Thanks, Alex and Katherine, for your service to the Loft Stage.  Congrats, good luck, and stay in touch!

  • May 22nd


    Author By Administrator

    SpotLight Technical Theatre Student Night at GHOST on Thursday, June 19!

    Ghost The Musical


    6:00-6:45 PM
    Special guest member from the tech crew followed by short Q & A. Details below.
    7:30 PM
    Ghost The Musical begins

    SpotLight Technical Theatre Student Night Details
    Arrive at the Orpheum Theatre early to participate in a special viewing of pre-show set up and Q & A led a member of the technical crew. Please meet in the Orpheum Theatre Lobby at 6:00 PM sharp to be brought into the theatre. The event will be approximately forty-five minutes in length.

    Ghost The Musical delivers a visual experience unlike anything you’ve seen before. Relive the iconic and magical moments from the Oscar-winning movie in a brand-new Broadway musical that takes you on a thrilling adventure to the afterlife. You will be amazed to see inanimate objects take on a life of their own, a person walk through a solid door right before your eyes and other special effects that will astonish and leave you gasping.

    Enter Password: TECH

    Ticket Prices: $43.00 $23.00 $19.00*

    Tickets based on availability at the time the order is received. Prices subject to $4.00 processing fee. No refunds, exchanges, or price adjustments on previously purchased tickets. Tickets will be held at the Orpheum Theatre for pick-up on Thursday, June 19. Valid ticket required to attend pre-show event.

  • May 21st


    Author By Director

    HTT Honors Naomi Ridley as a Spotlight Triple Threat

    For the second year in a row, Naomi Ridley has been recognized by the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Awards as a Top 12 finalist for their Triple Threat Award. Naomi shined on the Orpheum stage in 2013 and has been invited back for a second attempt to win a trip to New York City filled with amazing opportunities to grow in her chosen profession. Naomi will perform at the June 8 and 9 Spotlight Showcase at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased through Hennepin Theatre Trust.

  • May 5th


    Author By Director

    Katherine Spicuzza, MN Scholar of Distinction

    Katherine Spicuzza has been announced as a MN Scholar of Distinction in the Theater Arts. Katherine is a senior at East Ridge who has been an active leader in theater program for the last four years. For the award, Katherine completed many hours of academic theater work including character analysis, play analysis and research journals. In addition to recommendations from theater staff, Katherine also performed an extensive audition and completed a personal interview before final selections were made.

    The Loft Stage congratulates Katherine as she heads off to the University of Minnesota in the fall!