Things are definitely up in the air in Odyssey! First, Wooton Bassett returns from his honeymoon with two problems—Penny is missing and he’s lost his memory! While Whit, Connie, and Jason try to help Wooton find Penny, Buck Oliver rescues Jules from a crash course of disaster. And a mystery is solved only after Emily and Matthew’s friendship is threatened. You’ll learn the meaning of true friendship and integrity in six episodes of heart-changing, risk-taking adventure!
Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! is currently airing on the radio and online, and you can check whitsend.org weekly to catch the latest episodes. But what is going to happen next on Adventures in Odyssey? Album 63: Up in the Air will be released on CD this October, and now the front cover art has just been unveiled. As you can see, it features Wooton and Penny skydiving. Album 63 will include six episodes about friendship and integrity. The episodes will be titled Find a Penny, Parts 1 & 2, Friend or Foe, Have a Heart, B-TV: Revenge, and Crash Course. You can check out the album summary below.
Album 63 features a new writer, Sam Suksiri, who wrote the episode B-TV: Revenge, and has previously done an episode for the AIO Club, A Perfect Testimony. Thanks to the AIO Wiki for posting this new cover artwork first.
Writer and director Paul McCusker, who previously worked on Adventures in Odyssey, has just produced another audio drama for Augustine Institute Radio Theatre. The first production, Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, was released last year. And now the latest story, The Trials of Saint Patrick is available in a 4-CD set, which includes a 24-page discussion guide. You can check out the trailer and also read the summary below.
The Trials of Saint Patrick is the epic story of one man’s spiritual odyssey through hardship, loss, mercy, and forgiveness. Dramatized with a fresh boldness by the Augustine Institute Radio Theatre, the characters will come alive through the talents of dozens of accomplished, award-winning actors, combined with cinematic sound effects and music. Your imagination will be quickened. Your heart will be inspired.
A big thanks to Audio Theatre Central for posting this news first.
If you're not a member of the AIO Club and you haven't yet picked up a copy of Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! on CD or digital download, today is an exciting day. The first episode of Album 62, Connie the Counselor, airs today on the radio and online. In this episode Eugene reluctantly agrees to allow Connie to test out her budding counseling skills on him for a psychology class assignment. Meanwhile, Buck and Jules try to find something to keep them entertained around Odyssey. All six episodes of Album 62 will be airing over the coming weeks. The finale, titled Legacy, Part 2, will air on May 6th. But make sure you keep checking back at whitsend.org every week to keep up because episodes only stay online for seven days.
Book 19 in the popular Imagination Station series, Light in the Lions' Den, appeared in stores last month. That means its time to look ahead to see what the series has in store for the future. We now know that the next installment in the book series will be titled Inferno in Tokyo, and will follow Patrick and Beth as they enter 1920s Japan. And we also have access to the dramatic front cover artwork, featuring a flaming tornado. The book has been written by Marianne Hering and will be released in October. You can check out the story's summary below:
The Imagination Station has been malfunctioning for several adventures now, handing out the wrong gifts and traveling unexpected paths. Patrick and Beth must use their courage, strength, and resilience to help others and survive dangers as they travel through time and space and get caught up in the 1923 earthquake, tsunami, and fire that devastated Tokyo, Japan.
Also, this April Adventures in Odyssey will be re-releasing its 90 Devotions of Kids in a quality imitation leather edition, which was previously available only in paperback.
In 2012 Adventures in Odyssey celebrated its 25th anniversary and held its first Get in the Show contest, in which kids were invited to send in their auditions to be an actor on the show. Shona Kennedy won the contest and appeared as Jules Kendall, Connie's half-sister, on Album 57, as well as subsequent episodes. Now Focus on the Family is launching the Get in the Show contest again this year for AIO's 30th anniversary. Kids ages 6 to 15 can audition for a chance to win a trip for four to the Bahamas during the Focus on the Family 40th Anniversary Cruise in November 2017. During the cruise, the grand prize winner will perform live with Adventures in Odyssey actors during the 30th Birthday Live Show. Audition submissions will be accepted starting June 1, 2017. This contest is only open to residents of the United States. Check out the full contest rules here.
Adventures in Odyssey is also releasing a new CD sampler this year titled Get in the Show! and will include three full episodes and a bonus track featuring the Get in the Show theme song by musician Phil Joel. The episodes included on the CD will be about relationships, friendship and compassion.
Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! is now available in stores on CD. You can get it for $10.99 on CBD or $14.54 on Amazon. And that means the album's back cover design has been completed. From the image you can see that each episode has its theme listed. On this CD set you'll find episodes about relationships, compassion, family, contentment, new beginnings, and spiritual preparedness. Plus, there are deleted scenes and extra songs included in the bonus features. Are you collecting Adventures in Odyssey albums on CD? Let us know how you listen to AIO in the comments below.
It's less than a month until Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! airs on the radio and online on April 1st, but that doesn't mean it's too early to be looking ahead to Album 63. The title of Album 63 has just been revealed to be: Up in the Air. It will include a total of six episodes about "friendship and compassion." The CD will be released on October 17, 2017, but will likely begin airing on the AIO Club this summer. So far we know that the first episode will be called Find a Penny. You can also read Album 63: Up in the Air's summary below:
Things are definitely up in the air in Odyssey! First, Wooton Bassett returns from his honeymoon with two problems―Penny is missing and he’s lost his memory! While Whit, Connie, and Jason try to help Wooton find Penny, Buck Oliver rescues Jules from a crash course of disaster. And a mystery is solved only after Emily and Matthew’s friendship is threatened. You’ll learn the meaning of true friendship and integrity in six episodes of heart-changing, risk-taking adventure!
Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! aired on the Adventures in Odyssey Club in December, and it is now finally available via digital download. Here's the album summary: "Jules Kendall feels like she's in the spotlight and has to live up to everyone's expectations. Buck Oliver pretends to understand Eugene and Katrina's faith. A mysterious visitor to the antique shop isn't all he seems as he searches for a clue to a father's final words. And a group of traveling singers put on the rootin-est, tootin-est, Wild Westiest musical extravaganza Odyssey has ever seen! Sit back and enjoy the show!" The digital download contains six episodes and four bonus tracks, including a deleted scene. You can purchase Album 62 for $9.99 from iTunes, $9.99 from Focus on the Family, and $6.99 from Amazon. The two-disc CD set will release in March and the first episode will air on the radio and online April 1st.
If you're a fan of Adventures in Odyssey's scarier mystery episodes, like The Case of the Secret Room or The Mysterious Stranger, then you definitely won't want to miss out on the Father Gilbert Mysteries. The former Scotland Yard detective turned Anglican priest Father Louis Gilbert tackles some intense spiritual issues and appears in a total of nine Focus on the Family audio productions, which you can buy altogether in a CD set. The stories are recommended for slightly older listeners. And on top of that, author Paul McCusker has so far released two Father Gilbert novels, which feature brand-new original mysteries. The first novel is called The Body Under the Bridge, and if you haven't had the chance to check it out, the publisher has now posted the first few chapters online for free. Read them here: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3. The second novel in the series is also now available in stores. It is titled Death in the Shadows and you can read its first chapters here: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3.
Phil Lollar, the co-creator of Adventures in Odyssey, has come out with a new audio drama called Iliad House. The show follows fourteen-year-old orphan Jesse Davidson, who has come to live with his emotionally-distant and peculiar uncle Christopher Portalis in the Iliad House, a mysterious old mansion on an island off the east coast of the United States. If you're interested in time travel, political intrigue, secret societies, and supernatural battles, this show is for you. Kickstarter backers got a chance to hear it earlier this month, and now the first season is available to the general public for purchase. It includes six episodes: First Impressions, Time Train, Visions of Reality, Blood Money, Open War, and The Clearing. You can get the digital download for $14.99 or the 2-CD set for $21.99 plus shipping.
Former Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Paul McCusker is releasing a new high-quality audio drama called Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, which is being put out by Augustine Institute Radio Theatre. The drama was written by Paul McCusker, produced by Dave Arnold, and the musical score was composed by Jared DePasquale, who in the past has scored Focus on the Family Radio Theatre dramas such as Les Miserables, Little Women, The Hiding Place, and At the Back of the North Wind. Make sure you watch the video trailer of this new drama about St. Francis. It includes 10 episodes on 5 CDs, plus a 24-page discussion guide, and is currently available for pre-sale. It will officially release on November 15th. You can check out the summary below:
If you think you know Francis of Assisi, you’re in for a surprise. Discover the astonishing life of Brother Francis, the fun-loving son of wealth and privilege who gave up everything for the sake of Christ. As a young soldier, he encountered suffering. As a victim of war, he began a search for inner meaning that would redirect his life. As a holy beggar, he embraced lepers, shook hands with the Pope, debated a Sultan, and touched the lives of millions.
In other audio drama news, Lamplighter Theatre is currently offering fans a free download of their new release The Haunted Room for a limited time. This special deal is only available from now through October 31st.
The Adventures in Odyssey cast and crew were in California this week to finish up recording episodes for Season Four of the Odyssey Adventure Club, which will air in 2017. We learned that Whit's End intern Renee Carter will appear in at least two episodes: Angels in Horsehair, as well as The Legend of Sperry McGerk, an Imagination Station adventure back to Odyssey's history during the time of the Civil War. Besides Sperry McGerk, the cast includes a Confederate general, an escaped slave, and the mayor of Odyssey. Camilla and Matthew Parker, Buddy Norman, and a dinosaur hunter named Reginald Bone will appear in an episode called A Perfect Testimony, written by a new writer, Sam Suksiri.
The team also recorded the multi-part episode There and Back Again, where Whit and Jason travel to New Zealand and run into a mystery that must be solved and family ties that must be mended. The show will include Nick Smouse, Jay Smouse's father, who works as a scientist. When questioned whether Jay Smouse himself would be returning for this episode as well, the AIO Facebook page simply replied with a smiling emoji, and hinted that a mysterious actor traveling from London would be in the episode. And of course, we know that Whit Hertford, who plays Jay, recently moved to London, so it's fair to assume Jay Smouse will indeed be making an appearance. We last heard from Jay in the OAC episode Take It on Trust, but his last time on a regular album outside of the club was on Album 58.
It was also mentioned that the upcoming two-part musical called Legacy, which will be included on Album 62, will not only feature Jules Kendall, but also "a singing Buck Oliver." You can check out the AIO Facebook page for plenty of photos and videos from this latest batch of newly recorded episodes.
The Focus on the Family team is working on a brand new book series for Adventures in Odyssey fans called The Blackgaard Chronicles. Thanks to Austin Peachey of the AIO Blog for bringing this news to our attention. Although Dr. Regis Blackgaard has long been dead, his appearances on AIO are still some of people's most memorable episodes to this day. And now with this book series readers will get the chance to experience those same adventures in a new medium. According to Clubhouse Magazine, with these books we will be able to finally "relive those classic battles between good and evil in book form—with fresh insights and special scenes that didn't appear in the audio dramas." The series is being written by the creators of Adventures in Odyssey and will be available first to Odyssey Adventure Club members starting in November, before the books begin releasing to the general public at a later date.
The official CD release date for Album 61: Without a Hitch is coming up soon, so it's about time the back cover was revealed. As you can see from the list of episodes, this album's themes include the value of reading scripture, competition, integrity, secrets and marriage. This is the third time Wooton Bassett has appeared on the back cover of an album, the previous two being Albums 52 and 54. Have you ordered this new release on CD, or are you planning on listening to it when the episodes air on the radio? Or have you already heard them all via the Odyssey Adventure Club? However you listen these days, its always exciting for fans everywhere to see that new high-quality Adventures in Odyssey shows keep coming out.
While it seems like Focus on the Family Radio Theatre is going through a long hiatus at the moment, fans of high quality audio drama still have much to be thankful for. Lamplighter Theatre has recently released two new audio productions, The Haunted Room and A 'Strordinary Maid. And now Heirloom Audio Productions have announced the title of their seventh audio drama. So far they've produced Under Drake's Flag, In Freedom's Cause, With Lee in Virginia, The Dragon and the Raven, Beric the Briton, and The Cat of Bubastes. The next in the Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty series will be a thrilling tale called In the Reign of Terror. Here's the story's summary:
Return to the tumultuous days of the French Revolution with this captivating tale of adventure and courage. Join Harry Sandwith, a young Englishman, as he accepts a job as a companion to the sons of a French marquis. Follow Harry and his aristocratic friends as they're swept from their idyllic life at a country estate to the riotous streets of Paris and the very gates of the Bastille. Can Harry rescue the marquis' family from imprisonment and certain death at the hands of the merciless mob?
In the Reign of Terror is currently scheduled to be released this October.
Adventures in Odyssey's most recent album release, Album 61: Without a Hitch, is now available to listen to via digital download on Amazon for $6.23. It's $9.99 from iTunes and FOTF. You can also preorder the CD set from Christian Book Distributors, which releases in October. And of course, all the episodes have already been available for streaming on the Odyssey Adventure Club for some time now. The album contains six episodes, including stories about a decades-old family feud, another appearance from Buck Oliver, a new Jones and Parker mystery, Wooton and Penny's chaotic journey to the altar, and more. The Album 61 digital download also features a bonus track called Behind the Scenes of A Very Bassett Wedding. And coming up will be Album 62: Let's Put on a Show!, which releases on CD in March.
The 18th book in the Imagination Station series, Trouble on the Orphan Train, comes out this October. It features an exciting story about a mysterious train robbery and Patrick and Beth's hunt for Eugene Meltsner, who has gotten lost somewhere in time. Next up in the series is Book 19: Light in the Lion's Den, which we now have the front cover for. And here's the book's summary: "The Imagination Station has been acting wonky for several adventures now, handing out the wrong gifts and traveling unexpected paths. Patrick and Beth must call upon their courage, strength, and resilience in order to help others and survive real dangers that threaten them as they travel through time and space to encounter the prophet Daniel and the deadly lions’ den." Light in the Lion's Den releases in stores in February 2017. You can currently preorder it from Christian Book Distributors for $4.49.
This week the AIO team began the recording process of Season 4 of the Odyssey Adventure Club, which will air in 2017. This time around two actors returned to the studio after a long hiatus, Kendre Berry and Adam Wylie. Kendre, the voice of Marvin Washington, hasn't been on the show since A Class Reenactment on Album 50, which aired in 2008. Adam was last heard in the 2012 episode The Holy Hoopster on Album 56. The characters Marvin and Ryan will appear together in a new episode called Unfair Game, written by Marshal Younger. The show is set in the Philippines and features Jason Whittaker doing his best to take on the role of a basketball coach. The cast and crew also recorded the three-part episode In Jars of Clay, a historical drama set during WWII and highlighting the heroism of Irena Sendler, who rescued Jews from the Warsaw ghetto. And finally, they recorded the two-part episode Swept Away, a story about a potential major disaster in Odyssey. It features the return of Mayor Spencer Hicks, last heard in The Mystery of the Clock Tower on Album 52, as well as reporter Ted Humphries, his first appearance since A Penny Saved on Album 54. Swept Away's cast includes Mrs. Kramer, Eugene, Wooton, Penny, Connie, Whit, and host Chris Anthony's daughter Kelsey playing an unknown character. Check out the official Adventures in Odyssey Facebook page for photos and videos from the latest recording session.
Last month we announced that Captain Absolutely, created by Adventures in Odyssey's own Wooton Bassett, was soon going to appear in a new comic book available in stores. The book compiles the comic strips previously released in Clubhouse Magazine over the years. And today we can reveal the comic book's front cover art. You can click on the image to see it in high resolution. This upcoming Captain Absolutely book releases on April 1st, 2017, and will include a total of 112 pages featuring the adventures of Wooton's popular superhero. You can listen to Captain Absolutely's origin story in the episode The Truth Be Told, available on The Truth Chronicles.
In January of this year the first novel featuring the popular audio drama character Father Gilbert was released. The Body Under the Bridge, written by Paul McCusker, begins where the nine-part Focus on the Family Radio Theatre series left off, bringing fans more original stories featuring the the former Scotland Yard detective. Now the sequel is on its way. Its working title, All Desires Known, has been changed to Death in the Shadows, and the front cover has just been revealed. As usual, Adventures in Odyssey listeners should be aware that the Father Gilbert Mysteries are created for an older, more mature audience. Check out the book's summary:
When Father Gilbert traded in his detective’s badge for an Anglican priest’s collar, he never expected he would be pulled into a different kind of mystery – the mystery of the spiritual world. Even attending a conference in a seaside town provides no escape as he has yet another supernatural encounter, this time with a murdered girl who worked at a local massage parlour. Details of the murder lead Father Gilbert to approach the police with clues in common with other cases, bringing him into contact with a detective from his days with Scotland Yard. Meanwhile, a local monastery has been vandalized, with grotesque images and profane graffiti defacing the altar and walls. The head of the monastery, from whom Father Gilbert received spiritual direction a couple of years before, is distressed by the attack, accusing the local sex trade industry of retaliating against his outspoken stand against it. Then, one of the brothers at the monastery is found dead in the local red light district. All evidence points to his having been a regular at a massage parlour – the same one where the murdered girl had worked. Intertwined within this web is a young woman who sees the same apparitions that Father Gilbert thought only he could see, plus an obstinate runaway, a distraught father, and a deep corruption pervading the town. And, whether he likes it or not, Father Gilbert is at the centre of it all.
Death in the Shadows releases in the United States in November 2016. There will be a third installment in the Father Gilbert book series, and currently its working title is Malevolence.