The Lofte Community Theatre survives off of the generosity of its patrons, volunteers, and donors. Donations offset expenses, keep ticket prices affordable, and help us to expand our show selection. We wish to assure you that your donation to The Lofte will be well managed, wisely spent, and most of all greatly appreciated! Your support will ensure we can continue to give back to the surrounding communities and fulfill our mission;
Bringing the Arts to Rural Nebraska. 


The Lofte is a non-profit organization so all donations are tax deductible. Donate to be recognized on our lobby TV for all patrons to see and become an official Barn Booster! While contributions of all levels are accepted, we invite you to donate $50, $100, $250, $1,000 or even more!

To donate over the phone, you can call the box office at 402-234-2553.
To donate by mail, send checks to:


Lofte Community Theatre
P.O Box 62
Manley, NE 68403
For other ways to donate, see below!

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!

  • 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 button below.



or contact our office at 402-234-2553 or

Online Donations

Thanks to Donorbox, the Lofte can now accept online credit card and Paypal donations! Donate once or sign-up for recurring monthly donations using the form below! All donors will receive an emailed receipt and donors who sign up for recurring donations will have an account created so donation adjustments can be made at any time!

Note: To donate towards the Raise the Curtain Campaign, see above.

The mission of Midlands Community Foundation is to benefit the diverse needs of the Sarpy and Cass county communities by providing financial support, involvement and service.

Throughout the year, the Lofte receives generous grants from Midlands that often help pay for expensive repairs and maintenance. Also, every December, Midlands offers the Lofte an opportunity to have all donations matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 per individual through the Midlands Community Foundation Matching Charitable Program. During this time, the Lofte receives the majority of all its donations for the year! We thank the MCF for this yearly opportunity and hope our patrons and donors take advantage of this wonderful program!

By shopping through Amazon Smile, a portion of your purchases is donated back to The Lofte! Click the Shop Now button above to get started!

See instructions below on how to select The Lofte as your charity:

Donate to the Lofte by uploading photos of your receipts from participating businesses onto the TAGG app and the business will donate 5% of your receipt subtotal to the Lofte!  No additional costs for you!

See images below for more details or go to

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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