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Council Bluffs students combine theater and film for pandemic-friendly production at Joslyn Castle

Posted at 5:48 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 18:48:46-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — William Shakespeare famously wrote: "All the world's a stage." Those words still prove to be true during a global pandemic.

The Thomas Jefferson High School Drama Department in Council Bluffs is getting creative with their production of the show, "Clue" by filming it at the Joslyn Castle.

When the pandemic hit, Director Matthew Eledge wanted to use his film background to sharpen students' acting skills.

"They are learning to focus more on authenticity, I believe, because I believe it's not for the back seats anymore, it's for the camera right there. Just the whole experience is wildly different," Eledge said.

Council Bluffs students are jumping at the chance to trade Broadway for Tinseltown.

"I do want to professionally go into theater and stuff, but when we're doing it this way, it kind of gives us a scope of how it will look in Hollywood and how they shoot movies," student Chloe Brooks said.

The production has faced its fair share of obstacles.

"The kids of course don't love having masks while they perform, there was a big dramatic fight for all of us, I wanted these very secure masks with a little tiny sliver but they were actually disgusting and gave them headaches, so I actually ended up losing this battle," Eledge said.

Eledge believes this experience is critical for students' happiness.

"I am really excited they have a literal memory they can keep, like we'll have a DVD or a flash drive they can watch when they are old," Eledge said.

Perhaps we can call it a version of "Happily Ever After" during pandemic times.

The production will be live-streamed from March 26-28th. Tickets can be purchased through Broadway on Demand.

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