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Lofte Wins FIVE awards at State Contest!


The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley recently competed in the Nebraska Association of Community Theatres One-act play festival.  The competition takes place every other year and this past February it was held in the capitol city at the Lincoln Community Playhouse.  The Lofte’s production of “These Shining Lives” received a number of awards and ranked second in the state contest.  First prize was awarded to Beatrice Community Players. 

“These Shining Lives” told the story of the Radium Girls at the turn of the century.  Their job was to decorate clock faces with radioactive radium paint.  While many of the women who were employed in the industry died or became ill with radiation poisoning, management and continued to deny them recourse, stating that the women were not in danger.  These women appealed their case all the way to the Supreme Court where they finally won, thus changing Illinois labor laws forever.  The play outlines the women’s friendship and legal struggle during the fight for their very lives.

Directed by Allison Bauers of Louisville, the cast included Melinda Mead of Plattsmouth who won Best Actress.  Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water was awarded Best Supporting Actor.  Janet Sorensen of Elmwood won for Best Costuming, and the cast shared the award for Best Set.  Others in the cast included Sharon Kryger, Doug Rothgeb, Maylea, Chase and Larry Bauers, Karen and Jordan Clay, George Strassler and Shawna Manley. 

Congratulations to cast and crew and our gratitude for showcasing the talent of rural Nebraska!

“Hilda” Axed.  Open the “Frigidaire!”

Thanks to some licensing disputes at the publishing company in New York City, the Lofte’s 39th season will not open with “Hilda’s Yard.”  While many of us were excited to bring this story of changing family values in the 1960s to the stage, Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert has found a witty and stimulating substitute. 

“Messiah on the Frigidaire,” outlines the story of Elroy, South Carolina as it is thrust into the spotlight when something that looks like the image of Jesus appears on a refrigerator in the trailer park.  The park residents find themselves in a frenzy of conflict and new-found commerce.  Their quiet trailer park turns into a Mecca for miracle-seekers while they themselves go through an evolution themselves.  God surely moves in mysterious ways!  This play has a suggested rating of PG-14.

Auditions for the play will be held on April 6 & 7 at 7pm and call for 3 women, 4 men and 1 boy.


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