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Eagle Days Fun for Elmwood Families, Too!


The day started with the bike race for kids.


Jordyn Campbell approaches the finish line.


The inflatables were a hit!


Mike Mennard captured the kids' attention.


Ivory Hill performed some favorite ballads.


Keenan is transformed into Batman!


Liberty Cronk shows off her painted face.


Even the water was all about Eagle Days!


Brooke and Jordyn Campbell cheer on the Elmwood Volleyball team.


Kobi Kosek is pretty in pink.


Current Volleyball players and future volleyball players.


Elmwood Team


Nothin' like a little BBQ in July says the pig.


The Elmwood team takes a break between games.


The Elmwood Cheering section, Shay, Kobi, Keenan,
Liberty, Jordyn, Bridget, and Hailey

The Elmwood Fire Department showed up for the Eagle Days Parade.
Jason Bevans and Brody Baer tossed candy to the kids.

Hailey Cronk had a situation. She wanted that tooth OUT!

So she wiggled it, and wiggled, it and finally....


She got her wish!

Despite the heat the team hung in...just not to the very end. 
Elmwood took home 4th place.


The Cronk men were there to support Amanda, dedicated
wife and mother, and volleyball player.

Jordyn liked the parade but the sirens were, "TOO LOUD!"





Meanwhile, back in Elmwood last Saturday Big Dan's Auction brought in a crowd.

Lou Allgayer and son-in-law, Mac, load up their haul.

Eager aution goers check out the next item.

Some fine treasures were sold that day.


A little something for everyone.



Owen Kuntz is hard at work with his Mowin' Owen Lawn Mowin' Service.

Not only that but he had time to work the Farmer's Market by CD's Express.





Outside of Elmwood at Johnny and Carae Oehlerking's farm the
pumpkin plants are getting a healthy start.  Before we know it the Punkin Patch will be open!




Mike Combs and Dave Spohr and their crew worked hard
installing underground sprinklers at the Elmwood football field.


Mike and his better, half Rhonda, would love
to install sprinklers for you, too!





Guys and Dolls, Mothers and Daughters

The last time the Lofte performed Frank Loesser's classic Broadway hit, "Guys and Dolls," gasoline was $1.05 per gallon.  The Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona, Spain, and Miley Cyrus was born.  Yes, the year was  1992, and a lot has changed in 18 years. 

In 1992 the Lofte was still housed in its original location on the old Rathe homestead.  The lead role of Sarah Brown was being played by Betty Colbert.  "Oh, the heat!" said Betty.  "I remember trying to sing and speak so loudly, and the heat."  Betty claims she really enjoyed playing Sarah Brown because she is a straight-forward kind of woman.  "She has dreams both professionally and personally and her journey and transformation throughout the show make her an interesting character."

Artistic Director (and Betty's husband) Kevin Colbert decided that 2010 would be the year that the Lofte revisited "Guys and Dolls."  Kevin and Betty's adult daughter, Samantha has been cast in the role of Sarah Brown.  "At first, I didn't realize that my mom had played Sarah.  I just knew that we (the Lofte) had done the show before.  My only plan is that I am going to make this character my own."

Samantha was only two years old in 1992 and doesn't remember the Lofte's first G and D production.  "But, my mom has been singing, 'I Love You a Bushel and a Peck,' to me since I was a baby."  Samantha will soon be starting her Junior year at Hastings College.  She is a double major in Music Vocal Performance and Theater.  In January she played Loagainne Schwartzandgrubeniere in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."  Her future plans include getting her Bachelor's degree at Hastings, her Masters at UN-L and then moving to New York to work for a couple of years.

Kevin Colbert is director of the production and Betty Colbert is the musical director.  With daughter, Samantha playing a leading role, how does this affect the family dynamic?  Samantha Colbert stated, "The only thing I don't like about working with my mom and dad is that other people might think I got the role just  because I'm the director's daughter.  I'm working very hard and taking this role very seriously so that people don't think that." 

Betty Colbert responded, "We treat Sam like everyone else.  I really don't see a difference.  Sometimes my advice (as a mom) isn't requested, but I have found Samantha wonderful to work with on the music.  She takes vocal direction very well.  Samantha's got an amazing amount of talent.  Coming from a small town, I don't think she realizes how truly talented she is!"

Has Betty offered any advice to her daughter on playing the role of Sarah?   Samantha stated, "If I happen to say, 'I don't know how I'll ever memorize that speech,' Mom will offer a suggestion on how she did it.  She really has limited her input.  I think she understands that I'm going to do it differently and she wants me to do things my own way."

"Guys and Dolls" opens on Friday, July 16.  Performance dates are July 16-18*, 22-25*, 29-31 and August 1.  Performances times are 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday and 2pm matinees on Sundays.  July 18 and 25 have both a 2pm matinee and 7:30pm evening performance.  Tickets are $16 and can be purchased by calling the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553





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