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30 Years of ARTC: Dragon Con 2005 part 1

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!

We’re still on a Dragon Con high (or still getting over con crud, your choice), so this week we bring you the 2005 edition! Hey, they’re our biggest audiences of the year, I think we can be forgiven for spending some extra time on these great fans!

If there’s one thing we know for sure at ARTC it’s that we’re nothing without our writers, and we’ve been very lucky to have worked with some of the best. Writing audio drama isn’t done much anymore, and finding someone who can write it well is uncommon. We have an extensive workshopping process to make sure that our scripts are their very best before we present them to our listening audience.

At this Dragon Con, we featured several of our newer writers, who have since gone on to write some really incredible stuff!

Jonathan Strickland
Jonathan Strickland

Jonathan Strickland has written a lot, but for this performance we featured an episode from his Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment (META) series.

Sketch MacQuinor
Sketch MacQuinor

Sketch MacQuinor seems to write all the time, although sometimes he only writes it in his head. For this performance we showcased the Brotherhood of Damn Sassy Mutants (work out that initialism on your own, kids), but he’s also created The Game is Afoot!, Blue Hannukchristmas Carol, and lots of other stuff too numerous to mention here.

We also performed Rory Rammer, Space Marshal and The Adventure of Brave Ragnar, but somehow managed not to get a picture of Ron N. Butler or Kelley S. Ceccato this year.

Brad Strickland
Brad Strickland disapproves of this egregious oversight.

And after the writing is done, it’s time for the rest of the team to swing into action!

The cast warms up for the performance.
First, warmups.

Vocal warmups are vital to a good performance. Here you can see the ‘huddle’ style.

Brad Weage and Joel Abbott go over the musical score before the show.
Music is important, too.

Music and tech work closely together to ensure everything is plugged in and functional.

Foley artists creating live sound effects.
Foley gets into the mix.

It’s not a radio show without Foley!

David Benedict and Jack Mayfield perform.
And then it’s showtime!

We still aren’t sure what Jack Mayfield is looking at in this picture.

We’ll be back next week with part 2 of Dragon Con 2005!

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Dr. Will Ward, Science Wizard: Sherlock Gnomes

Size: 7.7M Duration: 16:30

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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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Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: Set Loose the Dogs of Time

Size: 4.7M, Duration: 10:03

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This month we bring you another episode from our longest-running most requested serial, Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: Set Loose the Dogs of Time! by Ron N. Butler, recorded live at TimeGate 2008.

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Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: Enemies Within!

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Another part of our 2 performances at DragonCon 2009, we present Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: Enemies Within! Written by Ron. N Butler, directed by Neil Butler.

This episode draws heavily from a previous episode of Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: Luna Shall Be Dry!

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Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: Luna Shall Be Dry!

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Hello and welcome again to the Atlanta radio theatre company’s podcast, your monthly source for the best in free, original audio drama.

This month we bring you another episode of Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: Luna Shall Be Dry! by Ron N. Butler, performed live at Sci-Fi Summer in June 2004. The studio version of this piece is available as the “B-side” of The Menace From Earth.

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Terra Tarkington, Interstellar Nurses’ Corps: Bitch on the Bull Run

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This month we bring you another episode of Terra Tarkington, Interstellar Nurses’ Corps: Bitch on the Bull Run by Sharon Webb, adapted for audio by Wendy Webb, performed live at Sci-Fi Summer in June 2004.

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Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment: Baby Boom

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This month we bring you an episode of Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment: Baby Boom by Jonathan Strickland along with a song from one of our favorite guest musicians, Juliana Finch!

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Bumpers Crossroads: ‘The Traffic Light’ and ‘The Developer’

Size: 8M – Duration: 17:19

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This month we go all the way back to 1993 and the Little Five Points community coffeehouse where our listeners enjoyed monthly performances from ARTC.  Many of our most memorable series were born here as the writers frantically tried to keep up with this breakneck pace in live performance, including the Adventures of the Crimson Hawk, Rory Rammer Space Marshal, and Bumpers Crossroads.  We bring you now two episodes of daniel taylor’s gripping serial of the little town that time forgot, beginning with The Traffic Light and concluding with The Developer.