On this edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, we go behind-the-scenes to find out all about the latest musical episode. Actor/singer Gregory Jbara and Phil Lollar writer/director/composer talk about Adventures in Odyssey’s adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: “Icky and Kat and Balty and Bones” (Plus, Bob and Jesse share new podcast music!) Do you know which episode the original Adventures in Odyssey podcast closing music came from? If you let Bob and Jesse know then you may get a special shoutout on a future podcast. Listen to the podcast interview.
On the latest edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast hosts Bob and Jesse go behind-the-scenes of the new AIO Club episode The World of Whitonia. They interview Jamieson Price, the voice behind Professor Astan Lebernis. He discusses what it's like to play goofy characters vs. realistic ones, working with the Adventures in Odyssey team, matching his voice to animation, and the accent he uses in The World of Whitonia. He also talks about working with writer/director Phil Lollar, acting alongside the voice of Renee Carter, how he got started with acting, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast has released an interview with the cast of the sequel to the classic Christmas episode Gifts for Madge and Guy, which just aired on the AIO Club. Actors Will Ryan and Chris Anthony Lansdowne talk about recording family-style, returning to the characters of Madge and Guy, and what makes Adventures in Odyssey unique. They also discuss the various projects they're involved with, voice acting for video games, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
In June of this year the AIO Club released the episode Take Every Thought Captive, in which Valerie Swanson enters the Inspiration Station and finds herself in a strange city that's oddly familiar, yet unlike anything she's ever experienced before. And now the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast has put out an interview with sound designer Jonathan Crowe who worked on this episode. Hosts Bob and Jesse talk to Jonathan about the original idea behind the episode, the difficulties in bringing the sound design to life, Allison Sharpe's performance, and more. They also discuss editing down the show to the right length, the train station scene, working with writer Sam Suksiri, and some of the surprising sounds in this particular show. Check out the podcast interview.
On the latest edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview actor Dan Hagen, who stars in the new AIO Club episode called Rumpelstiltskin: A Wee Little Tale. Dan talks about coming in to play a new character from the Holstein family, the late Kenneth Mars, ad-libbing and having fun in the studio, method acting, and getting the German accent right. They also discuss playing a dog in a play, listening to the final cut of the episode, playing Jacques Henri, and more. Plus we get to hear a preview of the new Rumpelstiltskin episode, staring Jay Smouse. You can check out the podcast interview.
Writer and director Marshal Younger's first episode of Adventures in Odyssey was The Living Nativity (Album 16) and has gone on to write over 150 episodes of the show. On this week's edition of the Official Podcast hosts Bob and Jesse do an interview with Marshal, who wrote and directed the new AIO Club episodes Between Camp and a Hard Place, Parts 1 and 2. He discusses the research that went into the show, the storylines included, and the main focus of these camp episodes. Marshal also talks about some earlier rough drafts, the various challenges the characters go through, casting the actors, the three-act structure, getting back in the studio, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
On the latest edition of the Adventures in Odyssey Official Podcast we hear from the cast of the new AIO Club episode which takes place at Camp What-A-Nut. The two-part show is titled Between Camp and a Hard Place. Actors Brianna Bryon, the voice of Scarlett, and Rachel Eggleston, the voice of Elise, join Bob and Jesse for an interview. They talk about their own experiences at summer camp, how they first got into acting, how voice recording for a cartoon compares to Odyssey, the hardest thing about being an actor, and competing for roles. They also discuss how they're similar and different to their characters, working with writer and director Marshal Younger, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
This month brought the episode In a Sun-Scorched Land, Part 2, to the AIO Club, the epic conclusion to Adventures in Odyssey's powerful adventure in South Africa. On this week's edition of the Official Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer Kathy Buchanan and sound designer Christopher Diehl all about what went on behind-the-scenes in the creation of this episode. Kathy talks about the tragic true story that inspired it, travelling to Africa in person, the theme of persevering through times of suffering, and challenges in the recording studio. Christopher discusses looking over the script ahead of time, keeping an eye on characters' accents, actors ad-libbing, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
In the latest AIO Club episode Matthew Parker runs into problems at a local robotics competition in Odyssey. While there, he meets a man named Joseph, who tells him a story of growing up in Kwanzulu, South Africa. The episode is titled In a Sun-Scorched Land, Parts 1-2. And now the Official Podcast has released an interview with two of the actors, Phil Morris and Andre Robinson. Both voice the character Joseph. In the interview Andre talks about being excited to record in the studio, all the work that goes into filming a 30-second commercial, and acting on the show Doc McStuffins. Phil talks about growing up in an acting family, the many roles he's had over the years, and acting alongside Jess Harnell. The two of them also discuss preparing to use a Kwanzulu accent, the hardest parts of the recording process and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
Bob Smithouser has co-hosted the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast with Jesse Florea for over ten years. But now this month's AIO Club episode, Out to Sea, marks Bob's debut as a script writer on the AIO team. If you're a club member you can hear the show now. In this episode Whit, Eugene, and Wooton are visiting the Florida Keys for an ocean getaway when they suddenly land in a boatload of trouble. Bob has been interviewed in this week's edition of the podcast, along with co-writer Phil Lollar. Bob discusses his background growing up near the ocean, bringing back Captain Quidd from Aloha Oy! (Album 19), and the differences between the early drafts and the final show. He also discusses receiving feedback on his script, rewrites, bringing Phil Lollar on board, making cuts, crafting the surprise ending, and more. Plus, a surprise guest shows up. Check out the podcast interview.
This month the Adventures in Odyssey Club released a new exclusive episode called Beyond Repair, in which Pastor Wilson Knox tries to help a conflicted young woman, Alicia, who decides to visit her father in prison. The episode is affiliated with the ministry of Prison Fellowship and project Angel Tree. Now the Official Podcast has just put out an interview with Patti Hammonds, senior manager with Angel Tree. She talks about the true story that inspired this episode, why a Christmas show is airing in October and how we can share Jesus' love by helping others. She also discusses the kids involved with Angel Tree, the importance of second chances, and sharing the gospel. Plus, we hear a preview of Album 65. Check out the podcast interview.
Longtime Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Bob Hoose was recently interviewed by the hosts of the Official Podcast about a new AIO Club episode, A Predicament of Biblical Proportions. Bob and Candi Cushman, the founder of Bring Your Bible to School, discuss religious freedom, the emotional connections that drama creates, and the changes to the episode script from draft to draft. They also talk about the show's similarities to the Album 42 episode Called on in Class, the creation of the character Buddy Norman, the importance of faith and more. Check out the podcast interview. But the Official Podcast isn't the only place to find Odyssey interviews. The AIO Blog also had a chance to interview Bob Hoose earlier this year. In that interview Bob talks about his favorite episodes and characters, and sheds light on an upcoming story arc featuring Morrie Rydell. You can listen to that interview here.
The Adventures in Odyssey cast and crew were just in Burbank, California recording new exclusive episodes for the AIO Club. A brand-new show entitled B-TV: Idolatry will have a skit in which Will Ryan and Chris Anthony reprise their roles as Madge and Guy all the way back from Album 1, and will also feature an impression of Harrison Ford/Indiana Jones. As you might be able to tell from the photo, actor Whit Hertford is back in his role of the popular character Jay Smouse. In the episode Walk Worthy, Buddy Norman runs into Jay at a faith-based scouts organization. You can watch a video of the actor on the AIO Facebook page. There's an upcoming show called Charlotte, which features Renee Carter, some backstory from Mr. Whittaker's past and deals with the topic of regret. Along with young Whit, the show also includes young Wilson Knox, Whit's wife Jenny, and Charlotte Whittaker-Knox. In the episode Mean and Green, Connie's high school rival Tiffani returns to town, and also stars Penny, Jules, Valerie and Ms. Adelaide. Olivia Parker attends a leadership conference and takes on a variety of accents in the show The New Olivia. And finally, the episode Beyond Repair features Pastor Wilson Knox helping a conflicted young woman visit her father in prison. All these episodes and more will be available exclusively on the AIO Club next year. The AIO team also had the chance to rehearse for the upcoming live show which will take place on the Focus on the Family cruise in November.
The Adventures in Odyssey team was just in the recording studio this past week working on new episodes for next season of the AIO Club. One major piece of news we've learned so far via the AIO Facebook page is that Camilla Parker is now being played by a new voice actor, Lilly Mae Stewart. Camilla was first voiced by Sydney Shiotani, and then by Michaela Dean. Lilly will appear in the new episode The Last Straw, as well as the Room of Consequence adventure called Rewinding the Big Picture. And it sounds like it's going to be an exciting season. The upcoming episode Failing to the Finish Line features the return of the Square One Club, Matthew Parker's group of inventors which first appeared in Album 52. Wooton's comic book hero Drake returns in the Kids' Radio show Drake and the Time that Time Forgot. Meanwhile, Penny and Olivia try to find romantic partners for both Connie and Whit in the episode Met His Match, and Eugene and Buck try to build a tree house in Divided We Fall. In some sad news, the AIO team announced that the voice of Dr. Lily Graham, Lori Tritel, passed away earlier this month. Are you looking forward to these new episodes? You can find out more about the Adventures in Odyssey Club at aioclub.org.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer/director Nathan Hoobler and sound designer Jonathan Crowe about the recently-released two-part AIO Club episodes Swept Away. They talk about the challenges of having rain sound effects for an entire show, creating the scuba diving scene, and isolating the actors in the recording studio. They also discuss the musical score, the sound effects included in the flood scene without dialogue, Connie crashing through the garage door, the water sloshing sound effects, taking natural disasters seriously and more. Check out the podcast interview.
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.
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.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer/director Kathy Buchanan about the new three-part AIO Club episodes One More Name. She talks about coming across the story of Irena Sendler online, her historical research, crafting the script for younger listeners, talking about the Holocaust with her kids, and her writing routine. They also discuss the outlining process, writing the first draft, being an avid reader, Irena's journey as a character, things she couldn't fit into the story, the powerful performances in the recording studio, a cut scene, her daughter's acting part and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse appear as scientists, following in the footsteps of the famed inventor and ice cream emporium owner John Avery Whittaker, and work tirelessly to push the boundaries of audio drama for the sake of pure science. After years of relentless research, they are ready to announce their latest breakthrough. Watch the video podcast below, and stay tuned to the end to hear yet another exciting announcement.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, we get to listen to a free episode, For Trying Out Loud from Album 39. In this episode Wooton Bassett wants to help Edwin Blackgaard with an upcoming production. Meanwhile, Liz Horton tries to find something—anything—she can do better than others. After the episode, hosts Bob and Jesse interview sound designer Allen Hurley. He talks about working with Dr. James Dobson at Focus on the Family, doing various voice acting parts for AIO, recording sound effects in a dumpster, and much more. Check out the podcast interview and free episode.