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

Mar 23rd


Tech Crew Meeting

Author By Administrator

The spring musical, Grease, needs technicians in order to make the production look and sound its best. If you’re interested in lighting, sound, video production, costuming, or set design and construction, join us Friday, March 26th at 3pm via Zoom for an informational meeting. You’ll learn about the production and the many different ways you can participate.

Zoom Meeting Link

Mar 22nd


Grease Cast List

Author By Administrator

Thank you to each and every one of you who auditioned for Grease. We so admire your bravery and hard work; you made this a difficult task for us all! Cast members will meet via Zoom at 4:00pm tomorrow for an informational meeting and preliminary sing through. Please check your email for important information. If you were not cast and are interested in helping the production on the technical crew, please attend the tech crew informational meeting on Friday at 3:00pm via Zoom.

Danny Zuko: Carter Bannwarth
Sandy Dumbrowski: Victoria Pommalath
Betty Rizzo: Lauren Nelson
Frenchy: Natalie Engh
Marty: Allison Benjamin (understudy Sandy)
Jan: Olivia Voerster
Doody: Benjamin Sayers
Kenickie: Ethan Kalafatich
Sonny Latierri: Luke Pfluger
Roger: Erik Haering (understudy Danny)
Vince Fontaine: Connor Hestwood (understudy Kenickie & dance captain)
Cha-Cha: Alexa Grace LaFontaine Larson (& ensemble)
Eugene Florczyk: Alex Doran
Johnny Casino/Teen Angel: Adam Garrity (understudy Doody)
Miss Lynch: Alexa Sandberg (understudy Frenchy)
Patty Simcox: Aubrie Owen

Andrew Sayers
Anna Avent (understudy Rizzo)
Ava Bartel
Ava Hattenberger
Boon Yang
Brooklin Giddings
Chandler Schmitz
Enya Brett (understudy Miss Lynch)
Erik Rasmussen (understudy Vince Fontaine)
Grace Smith
Haleigh Smith (understudy Patty)
Henry North
Hunter Fizel (understudy Eugene)
Jason Chang (understudy Roger)
Kianna Yasis
Lawson Sharrer (understudy Sonny)
Lindsey Seif
Maren VanDeest (understudy Jan)
Marie Finch-Koinuma
Olivia Vue
Reed Williams (understudy Johnny Casino/Teen Angel)
Savannah John
Sydney Baxter
Sydney Bramel (understudy Marty)

Mar 21st


Grease Callbacks

Author By Carlson

Thank you for your interest in our spring production of Grease! Per district COVID guidelines, we were limited in the number of actors we could call back. If you don’t see your name on the list, please check the website again either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning as there is still a chance you will be on the final cast list.

The following students should plan to be in the theatre by 3pm on Monday, unless a virtual callback was indicated. We saw what we needed dance-wise from the initial auditions, so come prepare to sing and act. Please check your emails ASAP for important audition details.

Adam Garrity
Alexa Sandberg
Allison Benjamin
Anna Avent
Aubrie Owen
Benjamin Sayers
Carter Bannwarth
Chandler Schmitz
Connor Hestwood
Erik Haering
Erik Rasmussen
Ethan Kalafatich
Haleigh Smith
Henry North
Jason Chang
Kianna Yasis
Lauren Nelson
Luke Pfluger
Maren VanDeest
Marie Finch-Koinuma
Natalie Engh
Olivia Voerster
Reed Williams
Sydney Baxter
Sydney Bramel
Victoria Pommalath

Mar 5th


Grease Spring Musical Auditions!

Author By Carlson

Auditions for our spring musical, Grease, are quickly approaching. All preliminary auditions will be conducted virtually and asynchronously.

In the form, students will be asked to provide and prepare the following:

  • Student and parent contact information
  • List of potential scheduling conflicts
  • Agreement and compliance with both equity and health & safety standards
  • Videos of audition performance

For the audition, students will:

  • prepare a short acting side (either Eugene or Frenchy monologue – linked HERE)
  • sing 60 seconds of a song of their choosing (in the style of the show) or the selected cutting of “We Go Together” (sheet music and rehearsal/performance audio tracks linked HERE)
  • perform the prescribed dance choreography (linked HERE)

All preliminary auditions must be submitted by Saturday, March 20th at 5pm. After that deadline, the submission window will close, so the production team can review auditions and begin preparing for callbacks. The callback list and details will be posted on the Loft Stage website by Sunday evening.

Students will use the following Google form to submit their audition: 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.

Callbacks will be held in-person on Monday, March 22nd. A virtual option will be made available for students who indicate that preference on their audition form. Due to COVID restrictions, we can only callback a small group of students, so if your name isn’t on the callback list, there is a definite chance you will still make the cast list. The final cast list will be posted the evening of callbacks.