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

May 13th

2021

Grease: A Note from the Artistic Director

Author By Carlson

Grease is hands down one of the most popular musicals to ever exist; in fact in the process of making the show we learned that it is, in fact, the most-produced musical in the world. A lot of this can probably be credited to the iconic movie and the rest to the relentlessly-catchy music. Even if you’re not a regular theater goer, you’ve probably heard a slightly off-key but enthusiastic “Summer Nights” at karaoke or watched your third cousin pull a muscle dancing to “Greased Lightning” at a wedding.

Despite its popularity and formative role in my own childhood, I had my doubts about selecting Grease as our musical. At first glance, I didn’t love the “change yourself for a man” moral that has received (fair) criticism across the internet in the past 10 years. However, after a bit more digging and some discovery about the original show (did you know it was a musical before it was a movie?!) I started to see Grease in a different light. To be clear, I still don’t think you should change yourself for a man, or for anyone for that matter, but at its core, this quintessentially teenage show is about so much more. 

Grease is a story about being true to who you are. I think it’s easy to see Sandy as a stereotypical All-American, 1950s teenager corrupted by Danny, Rizzo and the gang. But with a slightly closer look at the cultural and societal norms of 1959, it’s clear that when we meet Sandy she is a product of these external forces. Between prescribed gender roles, age discrimination, and culture war, Sandy enters into adulthood with a narrative that’s already been written for her. The Greasers don’t require her to change: they give her permission to be who she is, something that’s still not easy to do, 60 years later. 

This crew of misfits, rough around the edges but loyal to the core reminds us that growing up is messy. They’re imperfect but we love them for it. And Grease is like that too. There certainly are moments in the show that don’t align with our current social values; however, not everything we put onstage is meant to be a model for behavior. Instead, it gives us an opportunity to look at our past with clear eyes and see it for what it was — the good, the bad, and the in between. 

This process has been an adventure in every way, but well worth it to be making theater again. It’s been so long since we’ve all been able to gather and we are so glad to see you under the stars for a “Summer Night” you’ll surely remember.

–Kajsa Jones, artistic director

May 11th

2021

May LoftPAC Meeting

Author By Ian

For those who missed it, here’s the Google Slides for the May LoftPAC Meeting.

May LoftPAC Slideshow

Apr 7th

2021

Important Grease Information

Author By Administrator

If you were unable to make the parent meeting, or would just like to review the information, you can find both the presentation we went through along with a recording of the meeting below.

Parent Meeting Presentation

Parent Meeting Recording

Also, for those parents that would like to volunteer to help with set or costume construction, please find the sign-up forms to both of those below.

Set Construction Sign-Up Form

Costume Sign-Up Form

Mar 26th

2021

Grease Tech Information

Author By Administrator

If you missed the information meeting or would like to look over the presentation again, you can find it here: Tech Crew Information Meeting Slides

TECH INTEREST FORM

If you are interested in participating on the tech crew for our spring musical, please fill out the tech crew interest form: Tech Crew Interest Form

The above form will only work with a non-district Google account. If you only have a district Google account, please use this form: Alternate Tech Crew Interest Form

IMPORTANT SET CONSTRUCTION INFO

Due to COVID-19 guidelines everyone attending set construction must sign-up in advance and attend a session for their designated pod. If you don’t know which pod you belong to, please reach out to one of the directors. Parent/guardian volunteers, you will belong to the same pod as your student.

Set Construction Sign-Up Form

Costume Sign-Up Form

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