Making Spirits Bright- Now Playing!

Though the production of Making Spirits Bright was canceled, the Lofte is presenting the production online, free of charge as our Christmas present to you! 

The health and safety of our patrons, volunteers and cast are important to us. Since we can’t all gather together at the barn we hope you will enjoy the online presentation.

If you have any questions please contact us at 402-234-2553 and we will be happy to assist you.

Please stay safe and healthy this holiday season - we look forward to seeing you soon! Click the button below to enjoy this special presentation!

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

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.

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.


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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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