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.
JUNE 10-19 Grease

Grease, coyly named after the 50s working-class subculture known as the “greasers,” is a beloved rock and roll musical
set at the fictional Rydell High School. The teens in this show navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, core values, and love.

Apr 3rd


Are you bored and want to learn more about tech?

Author By Jared

Hi everyone!!

I hope that you’re all doing well and getting through these tough times.

Since there’s not much to do outside of our houses, I wanted to give you all some resources that could be useful if you’re interested in learning more about tech and how it all works. Below I’ll attach some links for everyone to check out and a description of what it is. If you have any questions about anything in particular or want specific resources that aren’t listed below, please reach out to me at jared.doran@theloftstage.org with any questions and I’ll get back to you very quickly as I seem to have more time on my hands recently…



  • Dante Certification Level 1: audinate.com/certify
    • Learn the surface of how audio is transmitted over ethernet
    • You will need to create an account
    • It is a learning curve and there is a test at the end
  • EOS training: https://courses.etcconnect.com/ 
    • Basic knowledge of how to work and operate the lighting console at East Ridge (as well as any other EOS console)
    • Enroll in the EOS Family Level: 1 Essentials course frist
    • If interested, you can do any of the other ones that look interesting but I would recommend doing Level 2 and Level 3 if you want to go further
    • You’ll need to create an account
    • There are tests and quizzes but they are pretty easy

Advanced (I would only recommend if you really want to go in depth on information. These courses are very lengthy and highly advanced)

  • Q-SYS Training: https://training.qsc.com/course/view.php?id=7
    • Q-SYS is a highly flexible and scalable audio and control solution
    • These videos are highly advanced and you’ll need to download the software to follow along
    • In order to get the certification, you’ll need to pass may quizzes as well as take a final exam that includes creating your own Q-SYS design and submitting it for review
    • This system is used in the gym at ERHS and we are going to implement it district wide for paging control
  • Dante Certification Level 2 and Level 3: audinate.com/certify
    • Go in depth about Dante network protocol and learn advanced systems as well as how to troubleshoot
    • You will need to create an account
    • Tests are very detailed and lengthy


Again, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or if you’re looking for specific resources!



Mar 20th


Quarantine Hobbit Character Homework

Author By Leah

We are going to continue to work on the Hobbit! Here is your assignment. (besides learning your lines using your dialects).

I would like each individual in each group (Goblins, Dwarves, Men, Trolls, Gollum) to come up with a physical posture.

You can build this physicality using the stock character building process below:

*What position are feet in. (feet out, in, on toes etc.)

*What is happening with the knees (does this character lead with knees, are the knees bowed or     knocked)

*Hips:  Forward or back (butt more prominent?)

*Back:  Arched? Slouched? Straight?

*Chest:  forward, concave?

*Shoulders:  Up, down, forward, back, crooked?

*Neck:  Stiff, pulling head forward or back?

*Face:  lips scrunched, crooked, pursed or tight lips (when not talking of course but do you talk and can you talk with one of these elements.

Once you have built this character take a picture of yourself and send it to me and then I will send it to Leah to post on the website.  Meredith and I will look at them and try to pick the dominant posture for each group (remembering that each goblin, dwarves, etc.  should be somewhat similar as they share the same DNA). Hoping this will be fun for all of us.  Remember be creative and don’t hold back!

 Meredith is going to record the core fight moves we went over the last rehearsal so you all can continue to go over those.  Choreographing the fights will go much faster if you are solid on the moves.

Feb 28th


“The Hobbit” Cast List

Author By Administrator
Bilbo Sammy Trevis
Gandolf Elizabeth Avery
Thorin Erik Haering
Gollum Zoe Sellner-Keer
Bard Cam Stevens
Maxwell Meghan Horan
Dork Lauren Nelson
Doof Maren VanDeest
Goblin King Carter Bannwarth
Smaug Lauren Nelson
Dwarves Raaga Podaralla
Bella Jones
Michael Cauthorn
Ella Windle
Alfonso Amores
Emma Lilly
Goblins Alexa Sandberg
Reed Williams
Grace Smith
Lawson Sharrer
Emma Williams
Nathan Klimpel
Men (humans) Alex Doran
Erik Rasmussen
William Dietert
Janie Mooreland
Bella Massa
Fight Captain Alexa Sandberg

Feb 28th


Hobbit Tech Info

Author By Administrator

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 once we start assigning crew roles. Please note that only performance crew positions are assigned and production crews are open to anyone who has registered and would like to join.

Tech Crew Interest Form

Feb 27th


“The Hobbit” Callback List

Author By Leah

Hello Everyone!

Below is the callback list. If you are not called back don’t despair, the cast list will be posted this weekend. If you have received a called back please meet in the black box after school tomorrow.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Marcie.

Sammy Trevis
Cam Stevens
Maren Van Deest
Alexa Sandberg
Elizabeth Avery
Erik Haering
Alex Doran
Erik Rasmussen
William Dietert
Meghan Horan
Lauren Nelson
Raaga Podaralla
Micheal Cauthorn
Bella Massa
Carter Bannwarth
Bella Jones
Zoe Sellner-Keep