ERHS Theater
  • Sep 29th


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    October Behind the Scenes

    Not everyone realizes that ERHS has one of the few high school theatre programs to use a student pit orchestra to play the musical scores for their productions.  Many high school programs use pre-recorded music, which often lacks the immediacy and energy that make a live pit orchestra so exciting.  At the Loft Stage, which champions a holistic, student-centered approach to high school theatre productions, student musicians are already in the pit working on the score for White Christmas.  What a great way to sharpen skills and give our talented young musicians an opportunity to participate in a professional-level live-theatre experience.

  • Sep 29th


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    October Volunteer Corner

    This month we introduce you to our fabulous new board member, Patti Ehresman, who has stepped up to serve as Membership Coordinator.   Not long ago, Booster Co-chair Mary Reimann interviewed Patti.  Read on:

    Q:  What brought you to the Loft Stage Boosters?
    A:  Last year, theater was a new experience for me as this is the first year my daughter Lexi ever participated, and my only personal experience was doing makeup and costumes when I was in 7th grade, which was a LONG time ago!  Since Lexi student-directed all three productions last year, I got to see just what a wonderful program this is, and even more so, what an amazing group of kids, faculty, and parents make up The Loft Stage.  Having some negative experiences with sports in the past, it was exhilarating to see Lexi involved in something where she was so welcome, supported, and inspired and that made her so happy.  Lexi ran for a position in the LoftPAC and asked me if I would help with the Boosters.  Frankly, I felt honored she wanted me to be more involved and really wanted to support such a great group of talented kids.

    Q: Tell us a little about you, your background and interests. 

    A:  Last year I retired from the Air Force where I served as both a combat flight paramedic, and a pilot.  Now I am following my passion for health and wellness as an independent personal trainer, and working on my Yoga teaching certificate as well as my Master’s in Leadership.  As a former gymnast and coach, I love sports but have also loved the arts, despite the fact that I have no talent in them!  My hobbies include traveling, reading, working out and learning new things.

    Q:  What does the membership director do?

    A:  I lead efforts to expand membership and participation in the Boosters. Including coordination of volunteering, maintaining the membership database, helping new members, as well as creating new ways for boosters to be involved and help the program grow.

    Q:  Was it a little scary taking on a big role like this?

    A:  A little yes, but only because this is the first time I have been able to be part of a group like this, since before I was always traveling with my work in the military. Plus, I do not have a lot of knowledge about theater.  The great thing though, is this is really not about theater, it is about supporting the kids and the program.  Besides, this group is so welcoming that I feel right at home…even when I have so many questions!

    Q:  What do you enjoy most about volunteering for the theater program? 

    A:  How happy it makes Lexi.  I am so thankful that my daughter wants me to be part of something that is so important to her.

    Q:  What are your hopes for the Loft stage boosters this fall?   
    A:  I hope we fill the open positions, and I really hope that we are able to provide a parent experience that is rewarding and meaningful to them as a parent, and to their kids.

    Well said!  Welcome, Patti, thanks for taking the time to let us get to know you a little better, and good luck in your new position.

  • Sep 9th


    Author By Administrator

    London 2013!

    Join the LoftPAC for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to London, England in June of 2013.  We will have a meeting for interested travelers and their parents on September 25th at 6:30pm in the choir room at East Ridge.  Please don’t miss this opportunity see incredible theater, sites and travel the world. Go to and enter Tour # 1125692 for more information.

  • Sep 2nd


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    September Volunteer Corner

    Parents—why not assume a crucial role in the ERHS theatre family while squeezing in precious minutes bonding with your super-busy-practically-adult-holy-smokes-where-did-the-time-go high school students? We have a huge need for production volunteers when set construction resumes September 17th. It’s so easy. This is all you gotta do: Just Show Up. How awesome is that? NO SPECIAL SKILLS NEEDED. No more special, at any rate, than reminding the students to wear safety glasses and watching over them as they sew, pound, drill, staple, cut, glue, paint, tote, and learn useful, real-life skills. If you’d like to dip a paintbrush or swing a hammer, fantastic, but it’s not required. The fabulous George Juaire, set designer and power-tool whisperer, needs your help weekday evenings (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Saturdays (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). If you’re a novice, he’ll explain exactly what to do. And he’s super nice—no worries. He’s talented, too—you might learn something. Plus George says cool stuff like, “Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” so you know your student will learn a life lesson or two. You don’t have to sign up or commit to a certain amount of time—any time you can spare would be great. Just Show Up. High school goes by in a flash. What better way to support your students and spend quality time with them before they leave the nest?

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