Lofte Community Theatre | Spring 2006 Out Here Magazine
The door is always open to this special place where talent, fun, and laughter are piled to the rafters.
Photography by Jeff Frazier
There's magic in the Nebraska pig barn that sits slightly hidden off Highway 1 near Weeping Water, a hamlet whose name you just know has a story to tell.
Inside this barn, built in 1924, is where musicals such as Oklahoma and Damn Yankees came to life. It's where local farmers and students and schoolteachers discovered acting and singing talents they never knew they had.
Inside these weather-beaten walls, anyone and everyone was welcome, whether their part was in the spotlight or behind the scenes.
This old barn, better known as the Lofte Community Theatre, was the place where director Kevin Colbert, for more than 20 years, patiently coaxed talent from would-be actors he knows as friends, neighbors, and even as Mom, Dad, and Grandma.
A Place to Perform
The "Born-in-a-Barn Players" began with an enthusiastic young teacher's desire to start a summer theater.
Diane Bjornberg Reece was teaching English, speech, and drama in 1977 at Weeping Water High School. "I had a really talented group of kids," she recalls. "A bunch of us went to see Godspell and thought it would be fun to do as summer theater."