Spring Play
  • Mar 5th

    2015

    Author By Director

    The Crucible Cast List

    Congratulations to the cast of The Crucible

    Please meet in the theater on Monday, March 16th at 3:15pm for our read through. Students should contact Marcie Berglund at mberglund@theloftstage.org if they would like to pick up a script before the first read through.

    Reverend Parris – Thomas Sullivan
    Betty Parris – Cali Yee
    Ruth Putnum – Caroline Kieffer
    Tituba – Mihad Semir
    Abigail Williams – Christina Ippoliti
    Susanna Walcott – Abby Winston
    Ann Putnum – Erin Foy
    Thomas Putnam – Tony May
    Mercy Lewis – Maggie Eckberg
    Mary Warren – Samantha Wynn
    John Proctor – Mark May
    Rebecca Nurse – Brenna Masgai
    Giles Corey – Dylan Degler
    Martha Corey – Lydia Nelson
    Hale – Brendan Finn
    Francis Nurse – Carl Erikstrup
    Elizabeth Proctor – Grace Ramey
    Ezekiel Cheever – Quintin Walker
    Marshall Herrick – Sam Joson
    Hathorne – Jeric Basillio
    Danforth – Garrett Hildebrandt
    Sarah Good – Kaylee Cates
    Goody Osbourne – Halston Greenlay

    Townspeople
    Michael Miller, Brandon Thompson,
    Carter Dulka, Adam Behnken,
    Julia Theiss, Annika Frazier,
    Julia Dorn, Elizabeth Neuenfeldt

    Abigail’s Girls
    Emily Chapek, Amanda Weber,
    Jamie Durose

  • Feb 18th

    2015

    Author By Director

    The Crucible Audition Information

    Auditions for the spring play, The Crucible, will be held on March 3rd -5th. Please sign-up for an audition time on Monday or Tuesday and prepare one of the monologues from the attachment. The monologue does NOT need to be memorized.

    A callback list will be posted for Thursday’s callback list. Students involved in Solo/Ensemble on Thursday should plan to attend Monday’s audition and communicate your Thursday schedule at that time.

    Audition Application & Information
    Character Descriptions and Monologues
    Audition Application Form

    Tech Crew Information & Forms
    Technical Information Form
    Technical Interest Form

  • Jun 5th

    2014

    Author By Administrator

    The Glass Slipper DVD

    Purchase the entire performance of The Glass Slipper on DVD by visiting The Loft Store.

  • May 30th

    2014

    Author By Cindy

    The State of the Loft: Q & A with Amanda Hestwood

     

    Amanda Hestwood has a clear vision for the Loft Stage.  And a thing for bongo-playing monkeys.

    Q:  The Loft Stage has been in operation now for five years.  As it’s theater director, what is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

    H: Nothing worth it comes easy. I know that sounds cliché but I tend to forget how hard it can be until I am in the thick of it. Directing can be a little like childbirth; I tend to forget how hard it can be because the joy of watching kids create magic is so powerful. The payoff is so worth the challenges.

    Q:  If you could travel back in time, what would you have done differently?

    H: As lucky as we are to have the amazing space that we do, I would take what I know now about the theater space itself and try to influence some of the building decisions. We have spent a lot of time and money fixing problems or purchasing equipment that should have been here day one. A fly system that goes all the way out would be nice.

    Q:  What has been the most surprising thing about your job?

    H: My son pointed out the answer to this question. People in the community know the Loft Stage and I am constantly having those really sweet moments when someone finds out I work at East Ridge and talks about what we do with such reverence and community pride. I think my parents understood how influential my job can be when a Loftie grandparent approached us while we were out to dinner. To this day, I don’t know whose grandma it was.

    Q:  What has been the hardest thing?  The most gratifying?

    H: Personally, I am an extrovert so much of my energy comes from the energy of others. Fortunately, and unfortunately, the people I spend most of my time with are students. When their energy is good, I am like a charged battery. When things are not so good, I can be in desperate need of a jumpstart.

    Q:  Thinking about the next five years, what changes would you like to see for the Loft Stage?

    H: Growth and opportunity.

    Q:  What would you need to fulfill this vision?

    H: Good question. Continued support and communication from parents willing to show that the three high schools can meet the needs of their students in different ways.

    Q:  How important are volunteers to staging a successful show?

    H: Without our volunteers we could not be the program that we are, period. It takes more hands and a willingness to give up your time for kids to have a student-centered program. If I had a magic wand, I would take the fear away from parents who think they don’t have the skills to help us in the scene and costume shops. Just show up ready to work with kids. We will do the rest.

    Q:  What kind of student experience do you hope for?  What are some of the obstacles to a successful student experience and what changes are needed?

    H: A good one. Each student’s experience is unique and as much as I would like to implant a chip that makes magical bongo-playing monkeys appear in every student’s mind every time they think of the Loft, I can’t. Overall, the feedback I get from students, parents and alumni says we are on the right track.

    Q:  Competition:  Good or bad?  Explain.

    H: Competition is good and it is a part of theater. Students compete for parts, awards, and scholarships. My personal feeling is that theater doesn’t need to be unnecessarily competitive. I am drawn to theater because it is cooperative, collaborative and creative. As a person I am very competitive but I don’t think that winning means that there has to be a loser.

    Q:  Completely unrelated to theater, what is your biggest personal fear? (e.g., taxes, alien abduction, spiders, disembowelment)

    H: Drowning. I love the water and I was a competitive swimmer in high school but if a nightmare is going to wake me up in the middle of the night, it will be about drowning. And bongo-playing monkeys.

    Thanks Ms. Hestwood, and congratulations on another fantastic year!

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