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Dash Cardigan part 7 – The Forces of the Dark

Another abbreviated edition of the Centauri Express this month as we prepare additional content and consider what our listeners would like to hear in their Audio Magazine.

The big news this month is the release of Brad Strickland’s five-part adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island. Listen up for the discount code being offered to our podcast listeners and ways to get even bigger discounts! But act fast – the codes all expire on March 1, 2017!

Be sure to review us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you found us. Those reviews help others find us, plus we just like hearing what you have to say. You can also contact us directly and let us know what you think of the Express. We’re here for YOU, so let us know what you want from this audio magazine!

And, of course, last but not least, if you’re enjoying the Express and want to hear more great programs like it, support us on Patreon! There’s other options, too, so pick what works best for you! And thanks!

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Dash Cardigan part 6 – Allies for Earth

A bit of an abbreviated edition of the Centauri Express this month as we prepare additional content and consider what our listeners would like to hear in their Audio Magazine.

Be sure to review us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you found us. Those reviews help others find us, plus we just like hearing what you have to say. You can also contact us directly and let us know what you think of the Express. We’re here for YOU, so let us know what you want from this audio magazine!

And, of course, last but not least, if you’re enjoying the Express and want to hear more great programs like it, support us on Patreon! There’s other options, too, so pick what works best for you! And thanks!

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Dash Cardigan, part 5 – Flight Into Destiny

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to the Centauri Express! This month we’re bringing you part 5 of Dash Cardigan: Flight Into Destiny by Thomas E. Fuller. There’s also more from the panel discussion on acting for audio that we did at Libertycon 2016! Plus, we’re also bringing you a trailer for one of our favorite audio dramas not produced by us, Alba Salix, Royal Physician.

Be sure to review us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you found us. Those reviews help others find us, plus we just like hearing what you have to say. You can also contact us directly and let us know what you think of the Express. We’re here for YOU, so let us know what you want from this audio magazine!

And, of course, last but not least, if you’re enjoying the Express and want to hear more great programs like it, support us on Patreon! There’s other options, too, so pick what works best for you! And thanks!

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Centauri Express, V02 Issue04 – Dash Cardigan 04

…and I’m back! Back from that road trip I mentioned last month at any rate. Hope everyone enjoyed the audio samples!

This month we’re bringing you episode 4 of Dash Cardian: The Challenge of the Basilisk and a short segment from a panel discussion on acting for audio from LibertyCon 2016. We’re also bringing you short show notes because I’m heading back out on the road again from 11/5-11/16, so I’m getting this podcast scheduled before I leave…along with several other things that have to get done. This trip is for an arts marketing conference so I can learn some new ways to get more folks to listen!

If you’d like to help with that, just tell your friends about the Express, Dash Cardigan, ARTC, and audio drama in general! Thanks!

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Centauri Express, V02 Issue03 – Dash Cardigan 03

Sorry for the late podcast tonight, folks, but I’m on the road! Three weeks in an RV seeing the American southwest. Austin, Carlsbad Caverns, Roswell, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and Pike’s Peak! On the way home now, but had to get the podcast up…and that involved finding some decent wi-fi, which has been somewhat challenging on this trip.

On this issue of the Express, we bring you episode three of Dash Cardigan – Enter the Dark by Thomas E. Fuller.

Following that, we’ll have a short interview with Bill Holbrook regarding our recent adaptation and performance of his storyline from Kevin and Kell, The Great Bird Conspiracy at Dragon Con.

carlsbad-caverns01balloon-fill-albuquerque-balloon-fiesta01zion-national-park01And lastly, we’ll wrap things up with a special segment here on the Express. Here on the road there are lots of sounds and we’re bringing you just a few of them. A bit of insect life from an RV park in Austin, TX, some footsteps and cave swallows at Carlsbad Caverns, the filling of a hot air balloon (and surrounding crowd) at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, and a couple of hikers coming out of The Narrows at Zion National Park, dragging a wooden walking stick on a dirt-strewn concrete walkway.

If you enjoy these in-the-field segments, let us know and we’ll do more!

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Centauri Express, V02 Issue02 – Dash Cardigan 02

Thomas-E-FullerWelcome to the second issue of the Centauri Express! In this edition we continue Thomas E. Fuller‘s Dash Cardigan with episode 2, Earth Central Needs You. We also continue the panel discussion from Sci Fi Summer in 2016 with William Brown, Bill Ritch, and Anthony Fuller.

If you’re enjoying the Express, be sure to leave a review wherever you found us and a little bit of support on Patreon would be much appreciated.

And don’t forget, we’re accepting submissions for the Express in the form of reviews, news, trailers, previews, and whatever else sounds good.

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Centauri Express – Vol2, Issue 1 – Dash Cardigan 01

Size: 41.7M Duration: 30:26

Centauri-Express-logo-transparentWelcome to the first issue of the second volume of the Centauri Express Audio Magazine! As we’ve mentioned before, the first volume of the Express was way back in the 1980s and was distributed on cassette, if you can believe such a thing. Today, we’ve moved into…a more modern era.

Dash-Cardigan-webAnd, as promised, we are bringing you the expanded edition of Thomas E. Fuller’s epic space opera, Dash Cardigan. We originally presented it as the hour-long stage version on ARTC’s Podcast, but this is the expanded 13-episode original version. Chock full of character development, tense plots, and astounding…wait, what? The whole series is a bunch of cheesy jokes and classic movie references? Sounds great!!

Louis+Puster+IIIAlso in this issue of the Express, William L. Brown interviews author Louis Puster, III about his Saga of Ukumog series of books and we’ll also hear a segment from a panel discussion at Sci Fi Summer 2016 that features William Brown, Anthony Fuller, and William Alan Ritch. We’ll bring you more of that panel discussion in future issues of the Express, so stay tuned for that!

As always, thanks for listening and let us know what else you’d like to hear in the audio magazine!

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The Game is Afoot: Game the Fourth – The Ultimate Ultimatum

We love all of our audiences and look forward to entertaining everyone, but some audiences have a special place in our hearts. 221B Con is one of them. Not least because we pack the house when we go there!

Audience at 221B Con 2016

Proof

It’s such a ton of fun playing to these dedicated Sherlock Holmes fans. An iconic character, portayed by a variety of actors in a variety of ways, but without having to deal with all the time travel and blue police boxes. For this performance, we commissioned new scripts from Sketch MacQuinor. One was Commonplaces, by Naomi Novik (stay tuned to see if we can run that one on the podcast), and the other was The Game is Afoot: Game the Fourth – The Ultimate Ultimatum.

Alton Leonard and Hal Wiedeman

Pictured: A ton of fun

We also had a special guest for the show, David Nellist!

David Nellist with Matt Goodson

Proof!

David was such a good sport about this. We only asked him if he’d appear on stage with us a few hours before show time, but he agreed to do it readily. Right up until the show itself, we were figuring out the logistics of when to have him approach the stage, how to introduce him, and going over his role.

Alton Leonard, Hal Wiedeman, David Nellist, and Matt Goodson

And then we gave him a non-speaking part and pushed his character off a cliff.

And the fans LOVED it! Next year we hope to have him back in a more substantial (and audible) role, but for this year he honored us by appearing on stage, however briefly, and gamely played along with the joke. Thank you, David!

Daniel Kiernan at the Foley sound effects table

Pictured: Our biggest fan

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31 Years of ARTC: The Call of C’thulhu 2009

Continuing our look back at ARTC’s 31 years (thusfar!) with photos from our live performances. You can get a look at our whole history of combining adventures in sound with the thrill of live performance in our Chronology!

This week we bring you our appearance at the Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates, which featured our 2009 performance of The Call of C’thulhu by H. P. Lovecraft, adapted for audio by Ron N. Butler. Check out all the pictures on our Flickr album.


 

We’ve performed a lot of different places over the years. Hotel ballrooms. High school auditoriums. Hair salons. But one of our favorites from an acoustic point of view was the Avondale Estates location for the Academy Theatre.

Typical stage setup for ARTC

The stage is set…

Not too big, not too small, well lit, walls made of hard concrete. Well, maybe that last part wasn’t so great, but you can’t have everything.

A portion of the cast of

A portion of the cast of Night Call by Brian Phillips

At our 2009 performance, not only did we bring everyone the cosmic horror that is Lovecraft’s The Call of C’thulhu, we also brought Brian Phillips’s original audio drama Night Call and Kelley S. Ceccato’s The Worst Good Woman in the World!

Portion of the cast of

There’s really only one harmonica player here. But in audio, who can tell?

Tammie Hood and Clair W. Kiernan

Tammie Hood and Clair W. Kiernan. Hats? What hats?

We’ve talked before about how we don’t often do costumes, but every so often we just can’t help ourselves.

Tennille Clayton and Sonya at the Foley table.

High tech Foley. Squishiness comes at a price.

J. E. Hurlburt at the microphone for

Auditions for Lovecraft pieces sometimes consist of just a bunch of screaming.

Be sure to check out our performance calendar to see when you can see us next!

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31 Years of ARTC: Dragon Con 2008 part 2 – Not a Typo

We spent a good part of last year documenting our last 30 years through photographs of our live performances. But wouldn’t you know it, we ran out of year before we ran out of pictures! So we’re going to continue on! And don’t forget our Chronology for a look at our 30 (and counting!) years of live performance!

This week we bring you our second appearance at Dragon Con in 2008, which featured a number of short subjects that we dubbed Not a Typo. Check out all the pictures on our Flickr album.

David Benedict examines his script.

David Benedict looks for typos. Finding none, the show proceeds.

Scheduling difficulties had prevented us from having a second show at Dragon Con for a couple of years, but when we came back we knew we had to bring some great shows.

Bill Kronick expresses himself at the microphone.

Did someone say great shows??

So we trotted out A Ship Named Francis, Haunter Hunters, Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: The Atomic Graveyard, Wikihistory, and The National Endowment for Space Art.

Jayne Lockhart addresses the microphone.

Jayne Lockhart swoons over the quality selection of scripts.

And, if we do say so ourselves, we totally blew the audience away!

Daniel Taylor addresses the microphone.

“You probably shouldn’t say that in today’s geopolitical world. Things like that aren’t always funny.” — No One Ever.

And we’ve been doing two shows at that fine convention ever since! Stay tuned to see what’s in store for this year’s convention. In fact, you could even sign up for the newsletter to keep current!

Jonathan Strickland addresses the microphone

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