Welcome Back to the Lofte!

The state of Nebraska has allowed for the opening of theatres at 50% capacity.  As Nebraska reopens its economy, we recognize our role as a theatre to bring hope, relief and joy. We’ve consulted with county health officials to promote the safety of our patrons, staff and volunteers during this unprecedented time. 

Here is what you can expect for your upcoming Lofte experience.


RE-Making a Reservation

By Norm Foster

Performances: October 16-18 & 22-25

If you are planning to attend our production of "Office Hours" please call the box office to confirm your reservation. If you had tickets for "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" your ticket is good but the show title is now "Office Hours".

Tickets can also be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at (402) 234-2553.

Because of social distancing our seating capacity is lowered to 120 seats and some of our performances are oversold. We respect that not everyone is ready to come back, but if you are we want to make sure we have space for you. 


Click the button below to read the Lofte's COVID-19 Guidelines that must be maintained by patrons, volunteers, and staff before, during, and after your visit to the Lofte Community Theatre.

ALL patrons must follow all COVID-19 guidelines

Please be patient and respectful of our Lofte volunteers and personnel as we all make our way through this together.


Raise the Curtain Campaign

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of performing our 44th year of live theater in Southeast Nebraska, we have had to cancel productions. With our usual live performances on hold, the organization is financially struggling, and our ability to have performances in the future, and what those look like, remains uncertain


While we still plan to provide what entertainment we can, our shortened season and limited seating capacity in 2020 means that the loss of revenue is significant! Even as we minimize our operating expenses, maintaining the facility and continuing core operations requires over $125,000 in annual costs. 


We are tapping into our limited reserves and will deplete those reserves before the end of 2020.


To make sure the curtain can be raised in the future, the Lofte is launching a fundraiser campaign called “Raise the Curtain” to cover basic operating costs for the next year. 


What YOU can do to help:

  • Donate any unusable tickets from the 2020 season that you purchased. Any request for a refund for any cancelled show or show that you cannot attend will deplete our precious cash funds. At this point we are deferring a decision on how, or whether, we will be able to make any refunds.

  • Donate cash to fund our operations during this challenging time!
    *As an incentive for personal donations, the CARES Act has made it possible for anyone whodonates to a 501(c)(3) organization a deduction of up to $300. In effect, the government willsubsidize a portion of any given to a charitable organization through a tax deduction.

  • Commit to buying 2021 season tickets when they go on sale later this year.

  • Share our campaign on social media. Help us raise the curtain with your contacts!

If you have a contact that isn’t on social media, let us know how best to reach them!

  • Attend Lofte Barnyard outdoor events this summer.


What the Lofte Board & Staff will be doing:

  • Communicating the campaign and the need on social media and other channels.

  • Requesting grants and donations from individuals, foundations, and other organizations.

  • Contacting our vendors and requesting financial support (contributions & discounts).

  • Donating, individually, to the campaign (demonstrating that we are “all-in”).


Please help “Raise the Curtain” and make a donation, today!

Click the Donate button below



or contact our office at 402-234-2553 or lofteoffice@gmail.com.

By Norm Foster
Performances: October 16-18 & 22-25

Six seemingly different stories unfold across a major city on a Friday
afternoon. As the stories unfold we see the tiny details that somehow connect each story to the next. In true Norm Foster style, Office Hours makes us laugh at our humanity. Office Hours is an unconventional race to quitting time. Mr. Foster also wrote Hilda’s Yard, the comedic hit from The Lofte’s 2018 season.

Making Spirits Bright
By Kathryn Cover
Performances: December 5-6, 11-13, & 17-20
Auditions: October 19 & 20 @ 7 PM
2 Men, 1 Woman; Ages 30 and Up

We all feel the modern strains of the holiday season, shopping, decorating, and food preparations. Follow one couple through a Christmas season that helps them bring back the spirit of what the holiday is about. Through magic, love, and humor, and a mysterious "Neighbor", Nick and Helen rediscover the joys of the holiday.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
The Colonel was Cashiered!
November 13th & 14th @ 7 PM
Tickets $35

The founder and wealthiest man in town, Colonel Harry Mann dies mysteriously leaving a treasure chest for his oddball creditors. When the treasure disappears, the hunt is on to find who dun it!

Social distancing and face coverings will still be observed for this event as well, but please join us for a fun night with good food, a good show and great company!

A Lofte Fundraising Event
November 2nd
8 AM CT through 6 PM CT
Lofte Facebook Page Event

The Lofte is currently accepting for donations of items for raffle at the upcoming Online Silent Auction event! 


Our hope is to have items from/available to friends/family/theater patrons all over the country! Those visiting the auction can purchase zoom music lessons from a teacher in Omaha, home decor shipped from a shop in Minnesota, or a hand-carved jewelry box bought and delivered in Oregon. Many of our 'shoppers' will be Lofte regulars, but some will be folks who've never heard of us - live hundreds of miles away - but found us because of YOU!

If you have an item (purchased new or hand-made) or service that you'd like to donate to our cause, please provide the minimum info below via email by clicking the "Send Email About Auction" button below.

If you have any questions you can also submit them by clicking the same button.

If you have an item, please include this information:

  • Name of item

  • Name of donor

  • Opening bid (if you have a preference. Minimum opening bid is $20. Items valued at less than $20 may be grouped in a lot)

  • Item value (what would it sell for?)

Calendar of Events

Silver sponsors

P.O Box 62

15841 Manley Road

Manley, NE 68403

The Lofte Community Theatre and Born-In-A-Barn Players are dedicated to providing opportunities for all ages to participate in the creative process and to enjoy the social, artistic, and educational benefits of all art forms.

The Lofte Association, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 corporation.
This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.


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