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.
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.
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.
The Odyssey Adventure Club is a place online where members have access to every single Adventures in Odyssey episode on-demand, including exclusive monthly episodes not available anywhere else, and much more. When the club was first created, it cost $15 a month. Since then, prices have come down. There are currently three payment plans to choose from. You can join for $9.99 a month paying on a month-to-month basis, $9.49 a month paying every six months (totaling $56.94), or $8.99 per month paying on an annual basis (totaling $107.88). But what if you're not sure if the club is right for your family? Now there's a new option for you. Focus on the Family is offering a free 14-day trial of the OAC, where you'll have unlimited access to everything on the club without having to make a single payment. Then you'll be able to make an informed decision about whether you want to join in the future and financially support the production of new AIO episodes. Get your free two week trial at oaclub.org/trial.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Amy Pemberton, the voice of Renee D. Carter, a newcomer to AIO who first appears in the new Odyssey Adventure Club episode Things Not Seen. Amy talks about her first day in the recording studio, some of Renee's backstory, the character's interests and skills, and her favorite acting job. She also discusses her music career, what she hopes Odyssey fans will take away from her performance, and advice for aspiring actors. Plus, we hear a preview of Renee's first episode. Listen to the podcast interview.