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Fall Farce “Funny Money” Opens at the Lofte

Manley, NE [September 27, 2016] -  The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces that its decades-long tradition of showcasing a Fall farce continues this year with Ray Cooney’s hilarious comedy, “Funny Money.”  The show opens on Saturday, October 15.

Henry Perkins, a mild-mannered CPA has found a briefcase full of cash.  Assuming that it’s ill-gotten booty, Henry rushes home to grab his wife and two one-way tickets to Barcelona.  But, poor Henry is soon beset by not one, but two police detectives investigating unrelated crimes; one involving a dead body thought to be Henry.  With the help of his wife and well-meaning neighbors, Henry begins to weave a steady stream of lies that soon spin out of control.  His seemingly fortuitous find soon has Henry and his friends rushing down a path of utter chaos.  

Starring in the production is Erik Quam of Louisville.  His wife is played by Brandy (Palatas) Hall of Papillion.  Jamion Biesterfeld of Louisville and Wendy Allen of Plattsmouth star as the neighbors who are dragged into the fray.  Rounding out the cast are Jeff Johnson and Tim Sorensen of Elmwood, Giovanni Quezada of Council Bluffs and Guillermo Rosas of La Vista.  “Funny Money” is directed by Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water.

Production dates for the show are October 15, 16, 20-23 and 28-30.  Thursday through Saturday productions begin at 7:30pm.  All Sunday shows are at 2pm.  Tickets are $19 and all seats are reserved.  Reservations can be made by calling the theater at (402) 234-2553 or by visiting their website, www.Lofte.org.

Pictured: Erik Quam (front), Brandy (Palatas) Hall, Jamion Biesterfeld and Wendy Allen star in the Lofte’s upcoming Fall farce, “Funny Money” opening on October 15.


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Fiddle Contest Results

Twenty-one fiddlers from Auburn, Avoca, Bellevue, Blair, Elkhorn, Crete, Lincoln, Omaha, Papillion, and Tecumseh gathered in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse on Sunday, October 9 for the 20th Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee!  There was a full house of enthusiastic fans to enjoy and encourage these brave competitors.

In the Open Division, each fiddler played a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice.  Here are the results:

Open Division 1st Place, Cari-Lynn Wenstrand, Lincoln, NE
Open Division 2nd Place, Grace Dowd, Lincoln, NE
Open Division 3rd Place, Gabriel Marks, Lincoln, NE

In the Singing Division, each fiddler played and sang a tune at the same time.  Here are the results:

Singing Fiddler's 1st Place, Emma Ackerman, Auburn, NE
Singing Fiddler's 2nd Place, Gabriel Marks, Lincoln, NE
Singing Fiddler's 3rd Place, Mckenzie Groninga, Blair, NE

In the Fee-Fi-Faux Division, each contestant played a fiddle tune on an instrument that was not a fiddle.  Here are the results:

Fee-Fi-Faux 1st Place: Patrick Marks, cello, Lincoln, NE
Fee-Fi-Faux 2nd Place: Grace Dowd, viola, Lincoln, NE
Fee-Fi-Faux 3rd Place: Sharon Roberts-Yuen, whistle, Lincoln, NE

In the Hocus Pocus Division, each musician showed off some trick fiddling.  Here are the results:

Hocus Pocus 1st Place, Mackenzie Groninga, fiddling while hula-hooping, Blair, NE
Hocus Pocus 2nd Place, Gabriel Marks, fiddling the Orange Blossom Special, Lincoln, NE

In the Twin Fiddling Division, two fiddlers played together, with one playing the melody, and one playing the harmony.  Here are the results:

Twin Fiddler's 1st Place, Hanila VanKirk & Olivia York, Omaha, NE
Twin Fiddler's 2nd Place, Gabriel Marks & Dorothy Marks, Lincoln, NE
Twin Fiddler's 3rd Place, Maddyn Wenstrand & Cari-Lynn Wenstrand

For pictures of this year's event, log on to https://www.facebook.com/Greenblatt-Seay-335439179807362/.

Next year's contest will be on Sunday, October 8, 2017.  For more information, contact Debby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.