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.
Adventures in Odyssey has been around for nearly 30 years and one of its latest initiatives is the Odyssey Adventure Club, where you can stream any episode on-demand. Austin Peachey of the AIO Blog has put together a video tour of the OAC for fans of the popular audio drama. For those AIO listeners not already in the club, you'll get a chance to see the many exclusive episodes that are now available on the OAC, plus all the hours of extra content. You can watch that video tour below. The AIO Blog has also just announced a contest where you can win a free copy of a sampler CD called The Dropbox, which features an exclusive OAC episode, as well as The Chosen One, Parts 1-2 from Album 47. Find out how to enter when you check out the contest details.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview former executive producers Kurt Bruner and Al Janssen. They talk about working at Focus on the Family and being involved with AIO, a disagreement over the split episode Sunset Bowlawater on Album 34, the power of a good story and their favorite episodes. They also discuss the new Odyssey Adventure Club two-parter set in the Middle East called When One Door Closes, the ministry both Al and Kurt are involved with, persecuted Christians, and much more. Listen to the full podcast interview.
A few members of the Adventures in Odyssey team are currently in New Zealand filming footage for the Odyssey Adventure Club. They're preparing videos to go alongside an upcoming three-part episode set in New Zealand which will be released next year for Season Four of the club. While they were there producers Dave Arnold and Bob Smithouser had the chance to do an interview with the radio station Rhema, in which they talked about developing Christian entertainment, the OAC, how long it takes to produce a show, the future of radio, and much more. Check out the audio interview.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk with composer Jared DePasquale, who wrote the music for the new two-part Odyssey Adventure Club episode called When One Door Closes. Jared discusses some of the more interesting instruments he uses, how he first got into composing, the importance of his faith and his work both on Radio Theatre and Odyssey. We also get to hear some music tracks, and listen to Jared talk about his experience with Middle Eastern music, plus some clips from When One Door Closes. Check out the full podcast interview.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk with writer Kathy Buchanan and editor Liz Duckworth. They talk about how the idea for the Candid Conversations with Connie book series came about, why it was written, and how long it takes to bring a book to completion. Kathy also discusses her inspiration for the book, her role as a parent of young girls, and the advice she would give to her twelve-year-old self. Plus, she talks about writing backstory for the character of Connie Kendall. And we get to hear the first scene of this month's new Odyssey Adventure Club episode called "Walk This Way," which throws Connie into the middle of the Miss Odyssey pageant. You can listen to the full podcast interview.
The Odyssey Adventure Club, which now offers members the choice between three different payment plans, has finally added to its archives the third set of the Spanish language episodes, all under the title Aventuras en Odisea. Volume 3 contains 14 episodes, including an adaptation of the first Imagination Station two-parter called "La estación de la imaginación." It features the character Fernando Fernández in the place of Digger Digwillow from the original show. That brings the Spanish language shows up to a total of 40 episodes. Have you been listening to these adapted shows as they've been coming out on the OAC? What do you think of them? Leave a comment down below. And if you're not yet a member of the Odyssey Adventure Club, you can sign up at oaclub.org.
In celebration of Adventures in Odyssey's 20th anniversary a number of years ago, a live show was recorded at Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs in August 2008. The episode featured a number of B-TV skits, as well as the return of characters such as Lucy Cunningham-Schultz, Jimmy Barclay, Jack Davis, Robyn Jacobs and more. This live show was subsequently released as a special CD set for fans to enjoy. But the set was only available for a limited time and new copies are longer being produced. What is a fan to do now? The Odyssey Adventure Club has come to the rescue. Starting today, AIO's 2008 live show has become a permanent part of the OAC's online library. This set not only includes a 45-minute show, but it also features 13 minutes of questions and answers with the actors, a bonus video, and bloopers. You can also look forward to hearing the next Spanish-language Aventuras en Odisea album when it comes to the OAC next month. Have you heard the 2008 live show before? To sign up for a club membership, go to OAClub.org.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk to Dave Arnold, the writer and director of the two-part Odyssey Adventure Club episode called Pinocchio: The Tale of a Foolish Puppet. They discuss the origins of the Pinocchio story in the 1800s, how they went about adapting it into an audio drama first for Radio Theatre, the various AIO characters that show up in the story, and some of the changes that occurred during the casting process. Dave also talks about this OAC episode's tribute to Odyssey window washer Bernard Walton, the lessons he hopes listeners will take away from the story, and much more. Listen to the full podcast interview.