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.
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. If you have not yet visited the Loft, check out Little Women, coming this
January to The Loft Stage!

Jan 30th

2024

Peter and the Starcatcher Auditions

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A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Black Stache: A notorious pirate, terrorizing the seven seas in search of a worthy adversary. Heartless, hirsute, and suspiciously well read. Partial to the poetical and theatrical, which causes him to behave quite flamboyantly.

Molly Aster: A young girl and Starcatcher apprentice who is taken aboard the Neverland as precious cargo. Curious and intelligent, she is only beginning to understand the confusing romantic longings that come with her age. She will risk anything for the sake of what is right.

Boy/peter: A lonely and hardened orphan who doesn’t miss much. Nameless, homeless, and friendless at the beginning of the play and a hero by the end. He wants a home and a family more than anything, and dreams of a life of being free.

Grempkin: The schoolmaster of St. Norbert’s Orphanage for Lost Boys. Mean and malodorous, he revels in keeping his boys in the dark and malnourished.

Mrs. Bumbrake: Molly’s nanny, a stereotypical British cad and outfitted with the duty of teaching Molly about womanhood. She still has enough charm in her age to attract a sailor or two.

Bill Slank: The vicious orphaned captain of the Neverland. Does not possess the capacity to lead anyone but himself, which puts himself constantly in disaster. Greedy enough to send boys to their doom for the chance of gaining starstuff.

Smee: Black Stache’s first mate. He is single-mindedly dedicated to his captain’s every whim.

Prentiss: An orphan, ambitious, hyper articulate, and logical. He yearns to be leader, even when he knows in his heart that he’ll never be one. A bit of a blowhard with a touch of cowardice.

Alf: A seafarer, an old sea dog proud of his tenure. His kind heart gives him an appeal to the feminine sensibility.

Lord Leonard Aster: Molly’s father, a loyal subject to the Queen. The very model of a Victorian English gentleman, he is a faithful friend and a secret Starcatcher.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott: Lord Aster’s old school friend, the captain of the Wasp, Britain’s fastest frigate. Lives with nautical bravura and heroic patriotism.

Ted: An orphan obsessed with food. A natural performer with easy wit and quite poetic language.

Audition Sides

Peter and the Starcatcher Audition Form
Please fill out this form if you are interested in auditioning for the spring play, Peter and the Starcatcher.

* The audition form will may not work using your school account. Please use this form only if you DO NOT have an alternative Google Account: Alternate Peter and the Starcatcher Audition Form

The first rehearsal of the cast will take place on Monday, February 19th from 3:45-6:45pm in the choir room.

Dec 11th

2023

Little Women Tech Crew

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Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in tech crew for the one-act. We had more people interested in participating on the performance crew than the one-act rules allow us to bring with us, so I had the difficult job of narrowing it down. Please know that I want all of you to be involved in some way, even if you aren’t able to travel with the production, so please join us for set construction, costuming, lighting design, or sound design. You can find the dates/times we are meeting on the calendar starting in January.

Below you will find crew assignments for the performance crew. You must send Jimmy a message via Remind or an email to accept your crew position prior to Friday, December 15th.

Stage Manager Kylie Estochen
Deck Captain Dylan Zeilinger-Johnson
Assistant Deck Captain Onyx Scribner
Props Captain Amelia Swarts
Stage Running Crew Neela Estochen
Lighting Crew Cameron McComas
Aidan Claxton
Sound Crew Evan Hoover
Costume Running Crew Henry North

Dec 7th

2023

Little Women Tech Info

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For those that weren’t able to make the tech crew kick-off meeting, please find the presentation below. If you have questions after reviewing the presentation, please contact the technical director, Jimmy at jstocco@theloftstage.org.

Tech Crew Presentation

Please complete the following tech interest form so that we know what you are interested in doing. Performance crew positions will be announced by Monday, December 11th. Participation on a production crew does not require registration and is open to anyone who is interested.

Tech Crew Interest Form

Dec 6th

2023

Little Women Cast

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Thank you to every one of you who auditioned for Little Women. We so admire your bravery and hard work; you made this a difficult task for us all! The first read-through will be in the Black Box at 3:30 pm on Thursday, December 7th. If you are interested in helping the production in another way, please attend the tech meeting on Thursday, December 7th at 3:15 pm in the choir room. Remember, the character you show when you look at a cast list is much more important than a character in a play.

Leslie Switala Jo
Sophia Bramel Meg
JoeLeigh Madsen Amy
Addy Garrett Beth
Liesl Smith Hannah
Maddie Gerber Marmee
Sydney Segedi Aunt March
Riley Hestwood Father
Lizzie Loveridge Old Mr. Laurence
Luca Walz Laurie
Nyx Russell Brooke
Neela Estochen Jo u/s
Jane Stansel Amy u/s
Jackie Gaalaas Beth u/s
Koda Davis Meg u/s
Amelia Swarts Laurie u/s
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