The Loft Stage at East Ridge, a 938 seat state of the art facility, is home to East Ridge High School Band, Orchestra, Choir and Theater as well as the primary
venue for Woodbury Community Theater, East Metro Symphony Orchestra and many of our community's best fine arts events. If you have not yet visited
the Loft, check out She Kills Monsters, coming this January to The Loft Stage!
Verskotzi Headlines Opening Night Gala
Joey Verskotzi will help set the tone for a spectacular season at the Loft Stage by performing as the entertainment for the 6th annual Loft Stage Opening Night Gala. L’etoile Magazine describes Verskotzi as “an old-school singer-songwriter, that beautifully dying breed of chrysalis that used to dominate the rock universe.. His debut record Lemon Heart is a magnificent example of the form.. power-pop.. chamber-pop (the love of nifty arrangements and perfect harmonies), indie-pop.. perfect melodies & terrific singing all the way through.” Tickets for the November 7th gala are $10.00 and the 6:00pm event is catered by Green Mill. A silent auction to raise funds for theater education, a free photo booth and delicious treats by Mary Bolger will also be a part of our celebration. Purchase tickets to the gala and Into the Woods beginning on October 3rd!
Minnesota Sings Selects Maggie Eckberg
Minnesota Sings vocal competition has selected Maggie Eckberg to represent the city of Woodbury in a competition on Sunday, September 28th at the Holiday Inn, St. Paul. In order to promote the event, Maggie will also perform at 8:00am on the WCCO Morning News Saturday, September 27th. Congratulations and Break a Leg in the next round of competition. For more information on Minnesota sings visit minnesotasings.com.
Into the Woods Student Information
Those who are going to participate in the fall musical need to complete their registration by Friday, September 19th. We encourage everyone to fill out their registration early.
Fall Musical Registration (cast, crew and orchestra)
Students should complete the following steps before auditions:
- Fill out the audition form and conflict calendar (with parent signature) BEFORE auditions.
- Sign up on the Loft door for a vocal/acting audition during one of the following times:
- Thursday, September 4 at 3:15 pm
- Friday, September 5 at 3:15 pm
- Students can prepare a vocal audition piece of their choosing or sing a song from the show that the vocal director will select and teach to the whole group. Audition pieces should have an MP3 or CD accompaniment as there will be no accompanist present for auditions and should consist of at least 32 bars. Students can sing anything from their repertoire but are encouraged to sing something in the style of Into the Woods. A pop song is not recommended. Students are encouraged to sing the staff-selected piece if they have not prepared a song in advance (don’t throw it together last minute).
- Audition cuttings, including the vocal piece can be found below!
Students interested in participating on the tech crew for Into the Woods should complete the technical information form, which can be downloaded below. This form should be brought with you to the tech meeting on Thursday, September 11th after school in the choir room. If you are unable to make the tech meeting, please email the form to Jimmy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pit Orchestra Information
Students interested in participating in the pit orchestra for Into the Woods should complete the pit orchestra information form, which can be downloaded below. After reviewing the schedule and confirming your availability for all rehearsals and performances, please return the pit orchestra information form to the ERHS Band Office on or before the first audition day on September 3rd.
Purchase a T-Shirt
A limited number of t-shirts have been purchased and will be available for sale to those who are walking in the Woodbury Days and Homecoming parades. Online t-shirt orders are due before September 19th and will be available for pickup a couple weeks later. Please do not order a t-shirt online if you are planning to purchase one before one of the parades.
Purchase an Into the Woods T-Shirt Online
Order a Make-Up Kit
Make-Up kits are available for purchase for those that don’t already have one. All cast members should have their own make-up kit matched to their skin tone. If you don’t know what kit color you need, please see Ms. Verschaetse for assistance.
Order a Make-Up Kit
Audition Application Form
Into the Woods Scene Cuttings
Into the Woods Vocal Cuttings
Baker Call-back Vocal Cuttings
Bakers Wife Call-back Vocal Cuttings
Cinderella Call-back Vocal Cuttings
Jack Call-back Vocal Cuttings
Little Red Call-back Vocal Cuttings
Prince call-back Vocal Cuttings
Witch call-back Vocal Cuttings
Technical Information Form
Pit Orchestra Information Form
Spotlight Showcase 2014
The Lofties brought down the house on Sunday, June 8th at the Spotlight Showcase at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Katherine Spicuzza, Naomi Ridley and Brendan Finn rocked the house as part of the Outstanding performances medley and Maggie Eckberg and Garrett Hildebrandt made us proud with the Honorable Mention winners.
Our Outstanding Orchestra was well represented by Donovan Miller, Isabella Wurm, John Frieberg, Haley Martin and Emily Rau. Our final award of the evening came with the announcement that East Ridge was granted our fourth Community Engagement award!
Naomi Ridley made us so proud with two nights of outstanding performances as she shined in the Triple Threat competition! What an incredible two nights of celebration for East Ridge and the Loft Stage!