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30 Years of ARTC: Costume Con 2004

This being our 30th anniversary, we thought we’d dip back into the past and recap some of our previous performances, triumphs and tragedies, in a series of posts. And don’t forget our Chronology! It’s not as detailed, but it really shows the growth of ARTC over the years. You can see all of the photos in their full size on our Flickr album!

Y’know, a few posts ago we said that we didn’t do shows in costume very much. But the 2003-2004 time period was an exception to this rule, as Costume Con 22 was hosted in Atlanta. And when you perform at Costume Con…you gotta be in costume!

This year we performed Fiona K. Leonard’s play, Kissed by a Stranger.

Phil Carter, Megan Tindale, and Geoffrey Brown in Kissed by a Stranger

Phil Carter, Megan Tindale, and Geoffrey Brown in Kissed by a Stranger

When you’re in a radio group, you don’t always think about costumes. But sometimes you do. We’ve got a wide range of talents in ARTC and costuming is a passion for several of our members. Others, not so much. So what you get is a fairly diverse selection in terms of quality of workmanship. The above picture represents three of the really good ones.

David Benedict and Clair W. Kiernan

David Benedict and Clair W. Kiernan

This performance also represented one of our best audiences. They really got into the performance, even going so far as to hiss at the villain.

Sonya with Sarah Taylor at the Foley table.

Sonya with Sarah Taylor at the Foley table.

In some of our horror and science fiction pieces, we rely fairly extensively on recorded sound effects to achieve a certain atmosphere. People often ask us how we decide, and it’s a bit of a process, actually. First we decide what kind of piece are we doing and how much realism we need the audience to experience. Comedies use more Foley, serious horror uses more recorded SFX. But we also look at how much is going on at the Foley table at any given time. Already doing footsteps, dropping some tin cans, and opening the door? That thunder is more likely to be recorded. If nothing else is going on and the piece calls for it, we might use the thunderball (a punch balloon filled with BBs).

In Kissed by a Stranger Foley played a big role.

Joel Abbott and Bill Ritch at the tech table.

Joel Abbott and Bill Ritch at the tech table.

If you were at this show, you may remember a recorded sound effect that went off at the wrong time. Let’s just say a clock chiming creates a much different effect than a gunshot! But the correct effect was triggered and all was well.

Alton Leonard, Clair W. Kiernan, and Megan Tindale address the microphones.

Alton Leonard, Clair W. Kiernan, and Megan Tindale address the microphones.

This convention was a ton of fun. If they ever come back to Atlanta, we’d be glad to perform for them again!

Fiona K. Leonard and Jack Mayfield demonstrate the gravity of the situation.

Fiona K. Leonard and Jack Mayfield demonstrate the gravity of the situation.

Joel Abbott and Megan Tindale.

Joel Abbott and Megan Tindale.

Be sure to see the rest of the pics on Flickr!

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