Lofte Community Theatre

15841 Manley Road
Manley, NE 68403



Diane (Bjornborg) Reece was the new English, Speech and Drama teacher at Weeping Water Public Schools from the early to late 1970s. She realized that there was a great deal of talent, not only in the school, but in the surrounding area as well. She envisioned a performance space where anyone interested in performing could gather and do just that. Since the area is agricultural in nature, the obvious setting for this space steered her towards Howard Rathe, who owned a homestead and a large barn on Highway 1, just a few miles from town.

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