The Blackgaard Chronicles is a brand-new book series based on the escapades of Dr. Regis Blackgaard, an infamous Adventures in Odyssey villain and longtime nemesis of Mr. Whittaker. The books will of course feature scenes that happened in the radio drama, but they will also explore never-before-revealed events which went on behind the scenes. If you thought you knew the whole Blackgaard story, be prepared to find out a whole lot more. The first novel, titled Opening Moves, is written by AIO co-creator Phil Lollar and will be released in stores in September. Are you planning on picking up a copy? Let us know in the comments section.
The Odyssey ScoopCast has released a new podcast interview with writer/director Phil Lollar. He talks about leaving Adventures in Odyssey, going back to school to acquire some university degrees, returning to the AIO team after a long absence, and his perspective on the character Mr. Whittaker. Phil also discusses working with other writers, creating new characters, the animated video series, listening to the AIO episodes that were created during his absence, Whit's similarities to Aslan from Narnia, introducing the new character Renee D. Carter, and much more. Check out the podcast interview .
The Adventures in Odyssey Bible, which the AIO producers announced on an edition of the Official Podcast earlier this year, is almost here. The Bible will be using the text of the New International Readers Version and will include extras such as Candid Conversations with Connie, devotionals, and over three hundred references to AIO episodes. Thanks to the AIO Wiki and whitsend.org for posting all this information first. A preview of the AIO Bible will appear on the AIO Club in July and the book will be available in stores this summer. Check out the official summary:
Discover the great adventure of knowing God and following Jesus everyday with the new Adventures in Odyssey NIRV Bible from Focus on the Family. Join Whit and Connie as they apply what the Bible can mean to you. Explore word searches with Jason, uncover fun facts with Wooton and learn about the books of the Bible from Eugene. Plus, jump into the Imagination Station and see your favorite bible stories come to life in comic book action. Your favorite friends from Odyssey will have you wanting to read the Bible more!
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, watch as the cast of the musical two-parter Legacy, from Album 62, have fun in the studio, perform their lines, and sing the various songs for the show. Shona Kennedy (voice of Jules), Robby Bruce (voice of Buck), Pat Fraley (voice of Karno Westcott), Andre Stojka (voice of Whit), Will Ryan (voice of Eugene) and director Phil Lollar are among those featured. You can check out the video podcast below.
It's been a year, and that means it's time to vote in the 2017 Avery Awards, named of course as a tribute to John Avery Whittaker. Episodes from both Album 61: Without a Hitch and Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! are up for consideration. You can choose the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Script, Best Song, Best Comical Pair of Characters and more. Plus, you can also tell the Adventures in Odyssey team what you liked best about Albums 61 and 62, as well as the things you didn't like as much. You can vote here.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Kendre Berry, the voice of Marvin Washington. For this month's exclusive AIO Club episode, Unfair Game, Kendre returns to play Marvin. They discuss the character of Marvin aging and maturing, watching the AIO videos, the difference between voice acting and onscreen acting, and how his family experiences compare to the popular episode Sunday Morning Scramble. Kendre also talks about the influence his mom has had on him and his faith, how his parents met, his leap of faith and move to Los Angeles, and more. Plus, cast your vote in the Avery Awards. Check out the podcast interview.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Gregory Jbara, the voice of Wilson Knox, Mr. Whittaker's brother-in-law. Gregory talks about his first acting job, how his brothers also joined the entertainment industry, his awards, and auditioning for Odyssey. He also discusses recording family style with the whole cast, his appearance on the upcoming AIO Club three-parter There and Back Again, and more. You can check out the podcast interview.
Adventures in Odyssey writer and director John Fornof, frequently credited as John Beebee, has written episodes such as The Great Wishy Woz, Snow Day, Broken Window, The American Revelation and Odyssey Sings. More recently John has served as a writer, director and producer for Lamplighter Theatre, and has worked on Heirloom Audio productions as well. Now John Fornof has unfortunately been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Katie Leigh, the voice of Connie Kendall, has posted a link on her Facebook to a crowdfunding campaign where people can donate to help pay down John's health insurance deductible so he can move forward with medical treatment. Please pray for John's health and share the crowdfunding campaign.
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.
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 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.
Lamplighter Theatre, known for classic Christian audio adventures such as Sir Malcolm and the Missing Prince, Charlie's Choice, and The Hedge of Thorns, as well as more recently Frozen Fire, The Haunted Room, and A 'Strordinary Little Maid, is set to record two new audio drama adaptations in May 2017. The first will be called The Giant Killer, an allegorical tale in which the giants of Sloth, Selfishness, Anger, Untruth, and Pride must all be defeated. These are battles everyone must fight with the help of God. Next will be Escape from the Eagle's Nest, a story which takes place in war-torn Afghanistan circa 1867 and follows the character Walter, who faces a moral dilemma when he fears he will be killed by his Islamic captors. You can find out more about Lamplighter Theatre at lamplightertheatre.com.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse appear in a Star Trek spoof to announce the latest Get in the Show contest to find the next AIO voice. Evan Reedall, Brock Eastman and Shona Kennedy also get involved. Make sure you take a look at the contest details. And don't forget to check out this latest video podcast.
The AIO Blog has released an interview with composer Jared DePasquale, who has done the music for multiple FOTF Radio Theatre productions, Adventures in Odyssey episodes, and more. He talks about playing the guitar when he was young, writing his own music in high school, and being influenced by John Williams' Star Wars soundtrack and Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings music. He also discusses his favorite instrument to play, how scoring audio drama differs from film, working with producer Dave Arnold, doing the music for the AIO Club's Middle Eastern episode When One Door Closes, his favorite score so far, his interest in fantasy, and much more. Check out the audio interview below.
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.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures In Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse return to their interview with sound designers Christopher Diehl and Nathan Jones, who worked on the new three-part historical episode on the AIO Club, called One More Name. They discuss creating the sound of a deserted ghetto, the ending of the first episode, creating an intimate setting with sound, and how they select which takes from the actors to use in a scene. They also discuss music cues and their interactions with composer John Campbell, the sewer system scene, what was used to create the sound effect of the manhole cover, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
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.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview sound designers Christopher Diehl and Nathan Jones, who worked on the new three-part AIO Club episode One More Name. They discuss creating historically accurate sounds for automobiles and weapons, using reverb, using sound to transition from one place to the next, and creating the sound of different environments. They also talk about how the tone of the episodes affected the sound design and the various techniques they used. Head over to whitsend.org to check out the podcast interview.
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!