• Nov 29th


    Author By Cindy

    LoftPAC corner December 2012

    From President Pari Cariaga:

    It’s hard to imagine that after months of preparation the end is almost here for White Christmas.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff members who have put in countless hours in order to make this show a success.  But I particularly want to thank all of the parents for your continual love and support (particularly in the form of food) throughout the entire process.

    So what is next at the Loft Stage?  Since the last newsletter Mrs. Carlson (new mama and one-act director) has finally announced what her show is going to be!  The play is called The Big Meal and it tells the story of a couple throughout some key moments of their relationship.  One-Act offers students a unique opportunity in that they perform not only out of love of putting on a show, but also for a little friendly competition.  The Big Meal will perform at the district One-Act festival and compete at sub-sections.  After sub-sections the play has the possibility of moving on to sections.  Last year was the first time East Ridge’s One-Act moved on to sections where it finished third.  I highly recommend that all students find a way to get involved with The Big Meal in order to make it the best it can be!

  • Oct 30th


    Author By Cindy

    November LoftPAC Corner

    From LoftPAC president Pari Cariaga:

    As we enter November and the musical starts to come together, SpotLight will be mentioned a lot.  So what is Spotlight and how does it affect you?  From the program’s website:

    The SpotLight Musical Theatre Program is the flagship educational initiative of Hennepin Theatre Trust and a key educational element in our work that supports, honors and advocates for high school musical theatre programs and students.

    SpotLight will play an important part in White Christmas, sending out adjudicators during the show to evaluate our actors, technicians, and musicians.   After they have seen the performance, they will give us constructive criticism so we can continue to improve our musicals.  The adjudicators also have the opportunity to recognize the entire show or individuals for special awards that will be given out in the spring at the SpotLight Showcase.  On opening night, the program also will be sending two representatives to talk to the audience before the musical about how the Loft Stage is excelling in educational theater.

    To learn more about SpotLight and how to get involved, go to:

    Or their Facebook page at


    Actually I can’t tell you what the show is going to be because I don’t even know what it is, but auditions will be the week of December 3rd through the 7th —Yes, that is in between the weekends of White Christmas.

  • Oct 15th


    Author By Director

    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Rush Tickets Available!


    Tuesday 10/16- 8:00pm

    Wednesday 10/17- 8:00pm

    Thursday 10/18- 8:00pm

    Sunday 10/21- 6:30pm

    Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classical musical love story originated its national tour at the historic Orpheum Theatre in 1995. The all-new production is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes and dazzling production numbers includes “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song “Beauty & the Beast”. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

    Policy: 1 ticket per valid ID; $25 per ticket; cash only; available at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office beginning 2 hours prior to showtime.

  • Oct 15th


    Author By Director

    Rush Tickets for Students-2 Sugars, Room for Cream



    Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30pm

    Thursday, October 18 at 7:30pm

    Friday, October 19 at 7:30pm

    Saturday, October 20 at 8:00pm

    Sunday, October 21 at 6:30pm


    2 Sugars, Room for Cream

    New Century Theatre – Street Level inside City Center

    October 11 – November 11, 2012

    This “must-see” comedy hit revival from the Fringe Festival is a quirky and funny showcase mining the humor of everyday life that flows with coffee. 2 Sugars, Room for Cream is directed by Peter Moore and smartly written and performed by Shanan Custer, the lauded Brave New Workshop veteran, and Carolyn Pool, the Ivey Award winning actress. Sit back and enjoy what one audience member called “well-crafted, sweet, sassy and totally delicious!” No matter how bad things get, there’s always coffee. Sometimes there’s even wine. And when there’s both, well that’s a good day.

    Click here to learn more about the show.

    To purchase your tickets, use code SPOTLIGHT online, by phone or by visiting the New Century Theatre Box Office.


    BY PHONE: 800.982.2787

    IN PERSON: New Century Theatre Box Office, M-F 11am – 5pm & 1 hour and 15 minutes before showtime

    Limit 2 tickets per SpotLight student. This offer is non-transferable. Subject to availability.



  • Oct 5th


    Author By Director

    Spotlight Alumni Winner

    Congratulations to Kajsa Jones, ERHS Loft Stage Alum for winning a pair of season subscriptions to the hennepin Theatre Trust’s 2012-2013 Season.  Kajsa is a BFA Musical Theatre and Arts Administration major at Viterbo University.  Loft Stage Alumni who wish to participate in the Spotlight Alumni Network should contact Cate Bruns at