Welcome to The Loft Stage

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 Merrill Arts Center and many of our community's best fine arts events.

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 Merrill Arts Center and many of our community's best fine arts events. If you have not yet visited the Loft, check out The Play That Goes Wrong,
coming this May to The Loft Stage!

Aug 29th


Wizard of Oz Callback List

Author By Carlson

Thank you to all of the amazing talent who auditioned for The Wizard of Oz! Regardless of whether or not your name is listed below, please remember to check the final cast list tomorrow; we will be casting people who were not called back. The first cast meeting will be this Thursday at 3:30pm in the choir room. If you are interested in helping the production in another way, please attend the tech meeting on Friday, September 8th after the LoftPAC meeting. 

Aaron Claxton ^@

Abby Schroeder *

Addison Rohm *#

Alex Frith ^#%@

Chandler Schmitz #$ 

Hailey Engelking *^$

Henry North #^

JoeLeigh Madsen *^

Layla Bagal *

Leslie Switala $%

Luca Walz ^#%@

Macey Spolidoro *#^$

Maddie Gerber *^$

Morgan Maki *$

Naomi Tesfaye *^$%

Riley Hestwood ^$%

Sofia Berdie *

Sophia Bramel *

Sydney Segedi *$

Sydney Staples *#

Thea Oberg *%

Callbacks will begin at 5:30pm tomorrow in the theatre and may run late. Please do your best to clear your schedule, so we have ample time with each performer. Actors are encouraged to review the coordinating musical cuttings prior to callbacks. Some character callbacks will be acting only. See the key below to know which character(s) to prepare

Dorothy/Glinda * 

Cowardly Lion ^

Tinman/Scarecrow #

Gulch/Wicked Witch $ 

Oz/Marvel %

Uncle Henry @

Use the following links to access callback materials:

Dorothy/Glinda Track 

Dorothy/Glinda Sheet Music 

Tinman/Scarecrow Track 1

Tinman/Scarecrow Sheet Music 1

Tinman/Scarecrow Track 2

Tinman/Scarecrow Sheet Music 2

Lion Track

Lion Sheet Music

Jul 31st


Wizard of Oz Auditions!

Author By Carlson

Audition Details:

Auditions will take place in-person in the Loft Stage on Monday August 28th from 6-9pm or on Tuesday, August 295h from 4-7pm. There will be a singing, dancing, and acting portion. Please dress for movement. Auditioners need only come to one day of auditions.

Callbacks will be Wednesday, August 30th from 5-10PM.

There will be a first cast read-through on Thursday, August 31st. Regular rehearsals will begin Tuesday, September 6th.


By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart

“Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, continues to thrill audiences worldwide.

This RSC version is a more faithful adaptation of the film. A more technically complex production, it recreates the dialogue and structure of the MGM classic nearly scene for scene, though it is adapted for live stage performance. The RSC version’s musical material also provides more work for the SATB chorus and small vocal ensembles.” (Concord Theatricals)

Please note: All ethnicities and genders are welcome to audition with particular encouragement to Black, Indigenous, AAPI, People of Color and Trans artists.The Loft Stage employs color-conscious and gender imaginative casting for all roles, as culturally appropriate to the telling of the story. Even if you do not see yourself directly reflected in the roles/shows, please feel welcome to submit your audition.

Any role can be played by a person of any gender. Some characters may be male or female presenting, but the performer cast can be any gender.

The show summary, including vocal ranges and cast of characters, can be found HERE.

Students will use the following Google form to register for auditions: Audition Form

* The audition form will not work using your school account. Please use this form only if you DO NOT have an alternate Google account: Alternate Audition Form

Important dates:  There should be NO CONFLICTS after MEA. Tech is November 6-9. Performances are November 10-12 and 17-19.

If you have any questions about the show or the rehearsal process, please reach out to director Kajsa Jones-Higgins (kjones@theloftstage.org) or assistant director Katie Carlson (kcarlson1@sowashco.org).

Jul 31st


Floats & Floats!

Author By Carlson

Saturday, August 19th 9:00am-12:00pm

Join us as we kick off the 23-24 theatre season! We will work together to build our Woodbury Days parade float and enjoy root beer floats afterward.

Meet in the scene shop – enter through the black box doors. Wear closed-toe shoes and painting clothes. Bring a friend – all are welcome, especially new Lofties!

May 19th


Save the Date – Fall Theatre Kick-off Events

Author By Carlson

– Set Construction

All are welcome and encouraged to lend a hand in the scene & costume shops. Refer the Loft Stage calendar to shop days/hours. Parents, guardians, and students are all welcome to drop in for as little or as long as they are able! We ask that folks wear closed-toe shoes, paint clothes, and tie back loose hair for safety purposes. No experience required.

– Floats & Floats

All are welcome to join us for ice cream floats as we build our float for the upcoming Woodbury Days parade. Floats & Floats begins at 9am and concludes at noon. Wear work clothes – come for the whole time or whenever you’re free. This a great chance for incoming Lofties to meet staff and students.

– Woodbury Days Parade

The Woodbury Days parade is Sunday, August 20th. We’ll meet outside the scene shop the morning of the parade. We will carpool over to the parade lineup and will march in the parade as a way to encourage the community to come see and support our season.

– Wizard of Oz Auditions

Auditions for our fall musical, The Wizard of Oz, will take place August 28-31st. More details to come!

– Drama Club (LoftPAC)

LofPAC, or the Loft Performing Arts Community, is East Ridge High School’s drama club. All are welcome! We traditionally meet the first Friday of every month right after school in the theatre. LoftPAC attends theatre workshops, sees plays & musicals, plans social gatherings, and more! Our first LoftPAC meeting is Friday, September 8th.

– Tech Crew Meeting

Interested in working on tech crew? Join us for an informational session and to learn about the many technical theatre opportunities there are here at East Ridge. Lighting, sound, set construction, scenic painting, costume crew, video crew, and more! The tech crew meeting will take place immediately following the LoftPAC (drama club) meeting (9/8) in the choir room.

Stay connected!

Keep an eye on our website for updates. Students are also highly encouraged to join the LoftPAC Remind, by texting @loftpac to 81010. Also, consider following us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok). Families are also highly encouraged to signup for our monthly newsletter.

May 5th


May LoftPAC Meeting

Author By Carlson

Click the following link to see the slideshow from the May LoftPAC meeting: May LoftPAC meeting

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