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 The Drowsy Chaperone, coming to the Loft Stage this November!
NOVEMBER 1-10 The Drowsy Chaperone

In this Tony-award-winning musical farce, the unnamed protagonist (man in a chair) seeks solace from his blues by tuning in to his favorite, albeit fictional, musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. As his record playing fills his lonely apartment, so too does the musical itself! A show within a show, the story deals with love, mistaken identity, gangsters posing as pastry chefs, all wrapped up in a satirical bow. You won't want to miss this jazzy and hilarious show!

Jun 17th

2014

Spotlight Showcase 2014

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Lofties brought down the house!

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

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!

Aida passion was felt throughout the entire audience as every cast member left it on the stage.

May 21st

2014

HTT Honors Naomi Ridley as a Spotlight Triple Threat

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For the second year in a row, Naomi Ridley has been recognized by the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Awards as a Top 12 finalist for their Triple Threat Award. Naomi shined on the Orpheum stage in 2013 and has been invited back for a second attempt to win a trip to New York City filled with amazing opportunities to grow in her chosen profession. Naomi will perform at the June 8 and 9 Spotlight Showcase at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased through Hennepin Theatre Trust.

May 5th

2014

Katherine Spicuzza, MN Scholar of Distinction

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Katherine Spicuzza has been announced as a MN Scholar of Distinction in the Theater Arts. Katherine is a senior at East Ridge who has been an active leader in theater program for the last four years. For the award, Katherine completed many hours of academic theater work including character analysis, play analysis and research journals. In addition to recommendations from theater staff, Katherine also performed an extensive audition and completed a personal interview before final selections were made.

The Loft Stage congratulates Katherine as she heads off to the University of Minnesota in the fall!

Mar 27th

2014

Jazz at the Loft

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Mar 26th

2014

Spotlight Alumni Network

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Spotlight Alumni Network has many opportunities for Lofties to stay involved after graduation. Sign on for savings on theater tickets and backstage opportunities.  Spotlight Alumni