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Auditions for "Leon's" at Lofte Community Theatre

One of the Lofte's most-loved shows is coming back for Christmas.  The original script and score of "Christmas at Leon's" was written by Lincoln radio personality Mick Kovar and Lofte Theatre Artistic Director Kevin Colbert.  Originally staged in 2010, the world premiere of "Christmas at Leon's," met with thunderous applause and huge audiences for the entire run. 

The opening scenes of "Leon's" find a bus full of holiday travelers whom are stranded in a blizzard at a strange cafe in the middle of Nebraska. Each character is struggling with their own personal issues, but with some angelic help, soon all find the true meaning of Christmas.  "Leon's" has touching songs and an honest midwestern feel so often missing from modern scripts.This is an open audition for all roles.  Artistic Director Kevin Colbert encourages everyone who is interested in this production to please come to auditions on Monday, October 22 or Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm.  Please bring a short, prepared song of no more than one minute in length.  The rest of the audition will consist of cold readings from the script. 

Rehearsals will begin in November and production dates are December 1, 2, 6-9 & 13-16.  Those with questions should contact Kevin Colbert  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402.234.2553.

 


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Upcoming Blood Drive

During November, a time to give thanks and celebrate
Veterans Day, the American Red Cross invites eligible donors to give blood and honor those who
have served the country in the U.S. armed forces.

The Red Cross serves more than 3,000 hospitals nationwide, including
many Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. Currently, all
blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative and A
negative. Type O negative, the universal blood type, can potentially be
transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency
situations.

Another way to honor military personnel is by making a contribution to
support Service to the Armed Forces, a Red Cross program that offers
resources for deployed service members and their families, provides
emergency communications, and supports hospital outreach and
veterans programs. Learn more at redcross.org.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Nov. 5 from 2:30-7 p.m.
Elmwood-Murdock High School,
300 Wyoming in Murdock, Neb.

Nov. 5 from 1-6:30 p.m.
Weeping Water High School,
204 W. O St. in Weeping Water, Neb.

Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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302 Fulton Ave. in Plattsmouth, Neb.

 


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HARMONICA WORKSHOP, IN THE OLD AVOCA, NEBRASKA SCHOOLHOUSE

David Seay, Master Artist with the Nebraska Arts Council, will be presenting a Harmonica Workshop on Sunday, November 11, at 2:30 PM in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.  Each paid admission includes a free harmonica for those 6 years old or older.  The workshop will include an introduction to the 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C Major.

The concert will be downstairs in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, and  followed by light refreshments, and a jam session with the performers.  Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur,  one mile south of Highway 34. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and $1.00 for children and students. Seating is limited.

For more information, write to  Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990.  Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.

Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34 and three miles east of Highway 50. For more information, write to Greenblatt & Seay, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, NE, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Sixteenth Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee in Avoca, Nebraska, was enjoyed by a full house on Sunday afternoon, October 14, in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse.

Musicians from Bellevue, Bennington, Lincoln, Omaha, and Ord, competed and jammed with their fiddles, guitars, and recorders, for cash money and prizes.  The judges had a difficult job, but managed to make wonderful decisions.   The judges were Jim Durdin, from Clarinda, Iowa, and Alana Hux, from Lincoln, Nebraska.

In the Open Division, each fiddler had to play a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice.  The winners were:

First Place - Zachary Brom, from Omaha
Second Place - Mike Oneel, from Ord
Third Place - Fiala Peters, from Omaha

In the Singing Division, each fiddler has to play and sing a tune at the same time.  The winner was Devin Cartwright, who was accompanied on the guitar by his Grandmother, Deborah Mosier.

In the Fee Fi Faux Division, each musician had to play a fiddle tune on an instrument that is not a fiddle.  The winner was Sharon Roberts-Yuen, from Lincoln, who played Irish Washerwoman on the bass recorder, the alto recorder, and the sopranino recorder.

In the Hocus Pous Division, the fiddler had to play a tune using cross-tuning, sound effects, dancing, etc.  The winner was Hanilla VanKirk, from Omaha, who played a fiddle tune while standing on one foot.

Next year, the 17th Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013.

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Free Veterans Day Concert at Lofte Theatre

The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley will be hosting the 43rd Army Band, the only musical unit of the Nebraska National Guard on Sunday, November 11th at 2pm.  The event is free and open to the public.

The 43rd Army Band is comprised of over forty citizen-soldier musicians from southeast Nebraska.  Many are music teachers or have civilian professions in the music field.  The 43rd Army Band performs concert tours throughout our state and for the Nebraska Army National Guard units during their annual training exercises.

November 11, 2012 marks the 94th anniversary of the end of World War I.  At the time it was known as "The Great War."  In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of "Armistice Day."  In 1938, Congress made it a legal holiday, and in 1954 legislation was passed to rename the holiday as "Veterans Day," to honor American Veterans of all wars.  The holiday is recognized on the Monday closest to the November 11th date.The Lofte Community Theatre invites everyone to come enjoy this free event honoring those who have served our country.  There are no reserved seats for this event.  Doors will open at 1:30pm.         

The 43rd Army Band is a division of the Nebraska National Guard and will be giving a free Veterans Day concert on Sunday, November 11th, 2012. 

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