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The Doom of the Mummy part 4 of 4

Size: 10.3M Duration: 17:37

And now we arrive at the conclusion of our 2008 Dragon Con performance of The Doom of the Mummy. At this time we felt it would be appropriate to highlight William Alan Ritch, the writer, producer, and director of this performance.

William Alan Ritch at the tech table.

William Alan Ritch at the tech table.

Bill (as he is commonly known) has been with ARTC for as long as anyone can remember. He is a tireless force in the organization, contributing time and money when necessary to ensure that shows go off without a hitch. He is a skilled director and has helmed the vast majority of ARTC productions, especially in recent years, and is also a competent technician, working in less-than-ideal conditions to give us the best sound we can get out of venues that aren’t designed for what we do (and let’s face it, very few venues are designed for what we do).

Bill Ritch takes the stage to read the credits for his play.

Bill Ritch takes the stage to read the credits for his play.

He writes, he directs, he soundscapes, he runs the mixing board…you name it, Bill has probably done it at one time or another. But he is more than that. He is one of the foundations upon which ARTC rests. He is a driving force and helps keep us on our path. And The Doom of the Mummy is destined to make its way into ARTC Studio so that it can take its place alongside our other classic monster stories…just as soon as he’s finished with one last rewrite.

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The Doom of the Mummy part 3 of 4

Size: 12M, Duration: 20:52

This month we continue with 2008′s presentation of The Doom of the Mummy by William Alan Ritch, performed live at Dragon Con.

Lori Emerson, Floor Manager extraordinaire.

Lori Emerson, Floor Manager extraordinaire.

We’d like to take a moment to highlight one of the roles in the company that isn’t often appreciated by the audience, but is crucial to a successful performance, and that is the role of Floor Manager/Stage Manager. These days that vital function is fulfilled by Patti Ward (who will get her own feature posting soon!), but in 2008 and for many years before and after it was Lori Emerson.

Lori’s moved on to bigger and better things, but she did a stellar job for us as Floor Manager.

For those of you who might not know, the Floor Manager’s job is to be the primary liaison between the actors, the director, and the technical staff. They herd cats (aka wrangle actors into position), convey messages between groups, do a little script supervision, and provide timing cues to actors.

The presence of a good Floor Manager can literally be the difference between an amazing show and a sloppy show and we’ve been very lucky to have several work with us over the years. The Doom of the Mummy has so much going on with so many different musical instruments, a Floor Manager was absolutely essential.

Thanks, Lori! You’re welcome back with us if your path ever brings you back to this neck of the woods! And thanks also to all the Floor Managers everywhere!

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The Doom of the Mummy part 2 of 4

Size: 8.5M Duration: 18:03

This month we continue with our presentation of 2008′s performance of The Doom of the Mummy, performed live at Dragon Con.

Regina Maniquis on cello for Dragon Con 2008

Regina Maniquis on cello for Dragon Con 2008

The music for this performance was particularly special. We had the incomparable Brad Weage, and we also added in the talents of Alton Leonard, who played the lyre and the ugab. But the star of this musical show was Regina Maniquis on the cello.

Bill Ritch wrote an ambitious script that called for all kinds of authentic Egyptian music with authentic Egyptian instruments, but integral to the plot was this all-important cello.

We hope you enjoy it!

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The Doom of the Mummy part 1 of 4

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Bill Kronick as Dr Creighton AlastairIn 2008 we performed The Doom of the Mummy at Dragon Con. The performance was dedicated to Thomas E. Fuller, who had already provided us with retellings of the classic monster stories The Passion of Frankenstein and The Brides of Dracula (not to mention an adaptation of The Invisible Man). Although he’d never really talked about it, it seemed natural to assume that he would follow those up one day with more audio dramas in the vein of the Universal Monsters by also retelling the time-honored tales of the wolfman, the mummy, and several others in that same vein.

Unfortunately, Thomas passed away in 2002 and we were never able to see what his vision for these classic monsters might have been. We are forced to fill the void ourselves, and have begun to do so with The Doom of the Mummy by William Alan Ritch and The Wood-Bound Werewolf by Kelley S. Ceccato.

Now, here in 2014, we dedicate this performance again, this time to Bill Kronick, himself recently passed away. Bill was a marvelous voice talent, a skilled improviser, and a great friend to all who knew him. We are proud to present his work here as Dr. Creighton Alastair.

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The War of the Worlds: The Untold Story part 3 of 3

Size: 8.7M Duration: 18:32

ARTC Studio in action!

And, at last, we reach the third and final installment of this retelling of the classic science fiction story that has inspired so many others throughout the ages.  Except…

There’s one more chapter left to go. And that’s the one where we go into the studio and make this sound as good as we possibly can. ARTC’s Podcast is a fine example of our work – as one of the few audio drama companies that we know of to perform live, we take pride in this work and want it to have a life beyond the one or two performances we are normally allowed to give it. It’s also a great example of what we do for people who may not be familiar with us.

But it’s just a sample. In the studio we can get rid of feedback, get the exact right inflection, eliminate awkward pauses, make sure the effects are at the correct levels, and the music can really soar!

So if your only exposure to ARTC is our podcast, why not try out a studio production? You can get them here on this website or at Audible.com or Audiobooks.com. We thank you for listening, and we’ll be back next month with another example of the excitement of live audio theatre!

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The War of the Worlds: The Untold Story part 2 of 3

Size: 8.5M Duration: 17:58

Foley for War of the Worlds: The Untold StoryWe ended up performing The War of the Worlds: The Untold Story twice in 2013. The debut performance was, of course, Dragon Con, which is where this podcast performance came from.

But the second time was at the Marcus Jewish Community Center, and it was a blast. We cooked up a bit of new Foley since we weren’t going to have to work around convention crowds, and the MJCC sports a top-notch theatre space. We hope to get back there again some time!

In this photo, you can see Foley mixer Larrie Fisher (left), and Foley artists Anthony Fuller, Beth Braunstein, and Jason Boldt (left to right), plus cast member Clair W. Kiernan (downstage). Society has somehow come to the conclusion that the actors are the ones in a performance to be celebrated, but the fact is that without Foley, audio drama isn’t quite as magical and we spend a ton of time developing ours to be as good as we possibly can.

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The War of the Worlds: The Untold Story part 1 of 3

Size: 8.1M Duration: 17:23

The War of the Worlds: The Untold StoryThis month we bring you The War of the Worlds: The Untold Story by Ron N. Butler, based on the original novel by H. G. Wells, performed live at Dragon Con, September 1, 2013.

Making the decision to commission Ron to write this adaptation wasn’t easy. We’d sworn for years that despite our many adaptations, including a bunch by H. G. Wells, that we would never do this one. It seemed too risky to try to follow in the footsteps of St. Orson Welles.

But in the end, the allure of commemorating the 75th anniversary of the most famous radio broadcast of all time proved too much for us, and so we went for it. We think the result was very much worth it. Be sure to let us know what YOU think!

 

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Dr. Will Ward, Science Wizard: Sherlock Gnomes

Size: 7.7M Duration: 16:30

A fan con for all things Sherlock Holmes

Performed live at 221B Con! Yet another installment in this ongoing serial. Like it? Want more? Let us know!

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Dr. Geoffry Stanhope: The Maker of Dreams

Size: 15.6M Duration: 33:20

A fan con for all things Sherlock Holmes

Performed live at 221B Con! We had the media come in to cover this one, but we never saw the footage. If you saw news coverage of this convention and saw us, let us know!

 

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The Time Machine, part 4 of 4

Size: 5.86M, Duration: 12:48

The Time Machine - small poster

Welcome back to the podcast!

It’s hard to pin down which was the first time travel story (if you know, be sure to let us know or post about it in the forums!) but it’s undeniable the influence and effect that H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine has had on the general idea. Having the Time Traveller go so far into the future avoids the temptation to try to guess at what today’s modern trends and fashions would have evolved into in favor of exploring a completely alternate reality, while also taking a stab at the ultimate fate of mankind.

This installment of the podcast, The Time Machine, will be presented in four parts.  Written by H. G. Wells and adapted by Thomas E. Fuller, The Time Machine is one of the most well-known examples of classic science fiction.

The original playbill for the performance.  Illustration by Lindsay Archer!

Atlanta History Center logo

The Time Machine was performed live at the Academy Theatre on March 3 and 4, 2012, as a benefit for the Atlanta History Center.

The Atlanta History Center is a unique campus that houses the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm, six historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center. The Atlanta History Center also includes the Margaret Mitchell House, located off-site at our Midtown campus.

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The Time Machine, part 3 of 4

Size: 8.2M Duration 17:33

The Time Machine - small poster

Welcome back to the podcast!

The Time Machine has been adapted for audio at least 5 times, including our own rendition, by various companies around the world since 1948. There have also been no fewer than 4 movies or teleplays and it has inspired countless other media, including books, television shows, movies, comics, animation, and much more! If you like ours, be sure to let us know or post about it in the forums!

This installment of the podcast, The Time Machine, will be presented in four parts.  Written by H. G. Wells and adapted by Thomas E. Fuller, The Time Machine is one of the most well-known examples of classic science fiction.

The original playbill for the performance.  Illustration by Lindsay Archer!

Atlanta History Center logo

The Time Machine was performed live at the Academy Theatre on March 3 and 4, 2012, as a benefit for the Atlanta History Center.

The Atlanta History Center is a unique campus that houses the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm, six historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center. The Atlanta History Center also includes the Margaret Mitchell House, located off-site at our Midtown campus.

 

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The Time Machine, part 2 of 4

Size: 9.7M Duration: 20:50

The Time Machine - small poster

Welcome back to the podcast! A bit of trivia about this performance…

The Time Machine was part of ARTC’s cassette catalog for a long time. When we started the process of converting our offerings to CD, however, we decided that this piece needed a new treatment in the studio. Thomas Fuller had done a rewrite of the script after the original cassette had been released and had considered the new script to be the superior version. So, at the moment, The Time Machine is considered out of print, but we have big plans to bring it back into the studio! Also on that out of print version was Brad Strickland’s A Glitch In Time. We’ll be bringing that back, too, possibly sooner rather than later.

This installment of the podcast, The Time Machine, will be presented in four parts.  Written by H. G. Wells and adapted by Thomas E. Fuller, The Time Machine is one of the most well-known examples of classic science fiction.

The original playbill for the performance.  Illustration by Lindsay Archer!

Atlanta History Center logo

The Time Machine was performed live at the Academy Theatre on March 3 and 4, 2012, as a benefit for the Atlanta History Center.

The Atlanta History Center is a unique campus that houses the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm, six historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center. The Atlanta History Center also includes the Margaret Mitchell House, located off-site at our Midtown campus.

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The Time Machine, part 1 of 4

Size: 8M Duration: 17:05

The Time Machine - small poster

Welcome to the very first podcast published here at ARTC.org!  If you’ve been visiting us on the blog page at podcast.artc.org, we’ll be phasing that out over time.  The podcast will continue to be hosted at the same location and we’ll be making sure everyone’s RSS feeds continue to work, but here’s where all the info is going to be.

This installment of the podcast, The Time Machine, will be presented in four parts.  Written by H. G. Wells and adapted by Thomas E. Fuller, The Time Machine is one of the most well-known examples of classic science fiction.

The original playbill for the performance.  Illustration by Lindsay Archer!

Atlanta History Center logo

The Time Machine was performed live at the Academy Theatre on March 3 and 4, 2012, as a benefit for the Atlanta History Center.

The Atlanta History Center is a unique campus that houses the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm, six historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center. The Atlanta History Center also includes the Margaret Mitchell House, located off-site at our Midtown campus.

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Dr. Geoffry Stanhope: A Vision of Vampires

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Size: 16.4M Duration: 36:01

This month we bring you Dr. Geoffry Stanhope, Investigator of Occult Phenomena: A Vision of Vampires, by Thomas E. Fuller, performed live at Anachrocon, February 22, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Geoffry Stanhope currently appears in 5 episodes of this short-running series. Drawn from the journals of Colonel Horatio Fitzwilliams, the adventures detail Dr. Stanhope’s quest to uncover the dark places in the world and bring them to light. It’s a bit like Holmes and Watson meet Mulder and Scully.

In this episode, Dr. Stanhope and Col. Fitzwilliams have traveled to the island of Antigua,where they are told of a number of mysterious deaths. Is it voodoo? And can Baron Samedi help them solve the mystery?

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Nairobi Jack Rackham: The Lost Gold of the Atlantimengani – Parts 1 and 2

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Welcome again to the ARTC Podcast, your monthly source for free, original audio drama!

Size: 18.3M Duration: 39:14

This month we bring you Nairobi Jack Rackham: The Lost Gold of the Atlantimengani, parts 1 and 2, by Thomas E. Fuller, performed live at Anachrocon, February 22, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thomas E. Fuller wrote The Lost Gold of the Atlantimengani in the early days of ARTC in 13 episodes. In this podcast, we present parts 1 and 2. At this time, we don’t have any of the rest of the episodes recorded, but if we hear from our listeners that they like it, we can be sure to put it on the schedule for upcoming shows and studio time!

Incidentally, Thomas also wrote a full treatment for a second set of 13 episodes for Nairobi Jack Rackham, so if you really like it, there’s more where this came from!

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