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 the Merrill Arts Center and many of our community's best fine arts events. If you have not yet visited
the Loft, check out Medea, coming this January to The Loft Stage!
Thespian Conference Recap
East Ridge hosted the first day of the MN Thespian Conference this weekend and District #833 students walked away with a number of accolades of which to be proud.
In the National Individual Events Showcase, students who were rated “Accomplished” earned an invitation to the International Thespian Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska this summer.
East Ridge had eleven of fifteen entries earn an Accomplished rating:
Garrett Hildebrandt-Solo Musical
Anna Reimann and Abby Winston-Musical Duet
Anna Reimann-Solo Musical
Abby Winston- Solo Musical
Christina Ippoliti-Solo Musical
Kaylee Cates-Solo Musical
Maggie Eckberg-Solo Musical
Quintin Walker-Solo Musical
On Saturday night, East Ridge’s Maggie Eckberg performed in the All-State Show, Spring Awakening, and Ben McKenzie, Rose Larson, Alec McCoy, Colleen Jensen, Jenna Kotz, Kira Bauman and Alyssa Thome served as the technical crew. On Monday, East Ridge’s Garrett Hildebrandt was given the honor to perform his solo selection, Stars from Les Miserables, at the awards ceremony at the Guthrie.
In the Tech Challenge, the PHS and ERHS teams did very well with PHS tying for third place and ERHS finishing in second place led by the first place finish of Ben McKenzie in the Cable Coil.
Park High School also had three students earn an Accomplished rating in NIES.
Woodbury High School attended the conference for the first time with Elena Cressy and Molly Roche representing their theater program.
Brendan Finn at the Phipps
Brendan Finn, last seen as The Baker in the Loft Stage’s production of Into the Woods will open this weekend in Aladdin Jr at the Phipps Center for the Arts. Starring as the Sultan, Brendan loves the score featuring all of your favorites from the Disney film. The show is for children of all ages and runs from Feb. 13-March 1. For more information, visit: thephipps,org.
Sophomore Maggie Eckberg in All-State Show
East Ridge Junior Maggie Eckberg will be at home this weekend as she participates in the MN Thespians All-State Show, Spring Awakening, at the Loft Stage. Staged by Dangerous Productions, Spring Awakening features a rock score by Duncan Sheik and is intended for mature audiences. Maggie joins students from all over Minnesota and has been rehearsing for almost a year. There is only one public performance on Saturday, February 14th at 7:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online at theatretix.org.