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.

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

Feb 22nd


Hobbit Audition Sides

Author By Leah

Auditions for the Hobbit are this Wednesday (Feb. 26th) and Thursday (Feb. 27th)! Below are the sides we will be using in auditions. Feel free to study them! Tomorrow we will be posting a video from our assistant director Meredith on some fight moves to study.


If you haven’t filled out an audition form, do so here!



Jan 13th


Spring Play Auditions: The Hobbit

Author By Carlson

Auditions for this year’s spring play, The Hobbit, are Wednesday and Thursday, February 26-27th right after school in the black box theatre. Students only need come to one day of auditions. Callbacks will be posted online Thursday night (2/27) and will take place Friday, February 28th right after school. There is no need to prepare anything for the audition; instead, students will be performing cold reads from the actual show. There will be a movement portion to the audition, so please dress comfortably and be prepared to move.

All those auditioning must fill out the following Google form: https://forms.gle/8oF75neyrHSZLgAt8

Online script access can be found HERE.

Email spring play director Marcie Panian with any questions.

Interested in participating in technical crew? Fill out the tech interest form and join us Friday, February 28th after school in the choir room for our first tech crew meeting. Those unable to the make the meeting should email our technical director, Jimmy Stocco, at jstocco@theloftstage.org.

Jan 7th


2020 District 833 One Act Festival

Author By Carlson

You’re invited to the 2020 District One Act Play Festival for the three high schools in the South Washington County School District at Woodbury High School. East Ridge, Park, and Woodbury will each perform their one act plays that they are taking to the Minnesota State High School League one act competition!  Come out and support District 833!

Tickets are General Admission, $5 each (available at the door only).

The Loft Stage @ East Ridge HS presents an original adaptation of Euripides’ “Medea” by Leah and Mark Jensen | The history is that Medea saved her future husband while destroying her own family. Now, married to Jason, she finds that he has betrayed her love and abandoned their children. In a desperate and powerful act, she kills her own sons.

Woodbury High School Royal Theatre presents “All By Myself” by Robert Scott | A one act comedy; seven years alone on an island after his shipwreck have driven Larry to the edge of sanity, but that’s nothing compared to the shock of discovering he’s not – and never has been – alone!

PHS Theater presents “The Diviners” by Jim Leonard, Jr. | A gifted young man, a conflicted preacher, and the divine destiny that changes their lives forever.

See you at Woodbury HS in the Royal Auditorium on January 17!