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Moving the magic of theater online: Chanticleer Community Theater announces release of production

Chanticleer Theater gets creative with the production of "A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol," a contemporary take of the story.
Posted at 6:54 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 19:54:25-05

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Ia. (KMTV) — Lead actor Cork Ramer is honest about the challenges actors face during this pandemic.

"It's harder when you don't have a live audience to feed off of and they can't feed off you and build that energy," Ramer said.

This is the first time Ramer has ever done a recorded stage play.

"We live to make our craft and our art, and a lot of that has been cut off and what has been done has been so vastly different from what any of us have done before," Ramer said.

Despite Ramer's many years in acting, he's been stretched like never before.

"It called I think for a more heightened performance than maybe we would have had if we had a nice, full house for whom to perform, we had to add the audience's energy to our energy," Ramer said.

Still - this veteran performer believes art can heal the many wounds people have suffered in 2020.

"We can still reach out and express our love and our gratitude for our family, for our friends, for our coworkers," Ramer said. "We can still do that, and this play touches upon that very well."

Inside the Council Bluffs theatre lies a ghostlight. For artists - it represents a much-needed beacon of hope.

"We can all gather in this place of light for that's what a theatre is...a place of light," Ramer said.

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