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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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30 Years of ARTC – Decatur Arts Festival 1999

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.

ARTC has performed at the Decatur Arts Festival on five separate occasions. We loved our experiences there, but the fact of the matter is that outdoor venues aren’t kind to us from an acoustic point of view, and often from a weather point of view. Our 2004 Frontier Days performance was particularly memorable. Ask us about it sometime! You can see all of the photos in their full size on our Flickr album!

But, that said, we did get appreciative audiences. Here’s a few of our favorite moments from the show!

Trudy Leonard, Clair W. Kiernan, Tony Trauring, and Daniel Taylor perform.
Trudy Leonard, Clair W. Kiernan, Tony Trauring, and Daniel Taylor perform.

As you can see, we’re in a tent. It was a lovely sunny day and the tent helped keep the sun off our heads. Rain would have been a completely different story.

Bill Ritch and Thomas Fuller look over the technical side of things.
Bill Ritch and Thomas Fuller look over the technical side of things.

One of the great things about this festival was our opportunity to connect with some of our younger fans (and fans-to-be!).

Old tech helped make this show possible.
Check out the ancient technology!

Trudy Leonard, Daniel W. Kiernan, Clair W. Kiernan, Tony Trauring, and Daniel Taylor are on the stage playing to a decent audience, but what’s really interesting here is the tech in the foreground. Check that stuff out. An actual tape deck! And that laptop had to weigh ten pounds. Not pictured: A ton of other stuff we don’t have to use anymore thanks to modern technology. Now we lug around completely different (but equally heavy) stuff!

More older technology in use for the show
More ancient tech

Some of it is pictured here. But that’s still not all of it.

Foley table for the show
Foley work

Foley stays pretty much the same. I think we used some of those props at our last performance!

Brad Weage at the keyboard
Brad Weage at the keyboard

And what trip down memory lane would be complete without Brad Weage? Here he is right at home behind his keyboard.

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30 Years of ARTC – The Man Who Traveled in Elephants

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.

In 1998, ARTC experienced an important moment in its history as we unveiled the first in our Dean’s List series of Robert A. Heinlein adaptations, The Man Who Traveled in Elephants. And, boy, did we go all out. You can see all of the below photos at full size in our Flickr gallery.

First, if you’ve read the story, you may notice that it’s not quite like anything else that Heinlein wrote for the most part. In fact, Bill Ritch and Brad Linaweaver, who were instrumental in helping us get the rights from Virginia Heinlein to do this adaptation, described it as “Bradburyesque,” referring to legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Wouldn’t it be fun, we imagined, if we could get Ray Bradbury to introduce us?

Ray Bradbury introduces Atlanta Radio Theatre Company at Dragon Con 1998
Ray Bradbury introduces Atlanta Radio Theatre Company at Dragon Con 1998.

So that happened. You can even hear the recording of the introduction on our studio production of the script.* Then, how about a bunch of guest stars. Like maybe Anthony Daniels. Or even Harlan Ellison, a legendary writer in his own right!

Anthony Daniels and Harlan Ellison share a stage with Daniel Taylor of ARTC.
Anthony Daniels and Harlan Ellison share a stage with Daniel Taylor of ARTC.

So that happened, too. And then we’d cap the whole thing off by making it a tribute to the Dean of American Science Fiction himself.

A tribute to Robert A. Heinlein with Harlan Ellison, Brad Linaweaver, and William Alan Ritch.
A tribute to Robert A. Heinlein with Harlan Ellison, Brad Linaweaver, and William Alan Ritch.

The presence of scream queen Brinke Stevens in our opening piece, A Real Babe (by Brad Linaweaver, adapted for audio by William Alan Ritch) was just the icing on the cake.

Scream queen Brinke Stevens in
Scream queen Brinke Stevens in “A Real Babe”.

It was a performance for the ages. It was something nobody on the stage will ever forget.

*The Man Who Traveled in Elephants is currently available for sale exclusively at our live performances. We are hopeful to bring it back to general release in the near future through all of our digital and mail order distributors.

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221b Con

Come hear Holmes in an entirely new light – through the magnifying lens of the mind’s ear, where things might become a little distorted.  First, we’ll have another episode of Dr. Will Ward, Science Wizard: Sherlock Gnomes by Dave Schroeder, and then we’ll do our own take on one of the most famous duos in history with Dr. Geoffry Stanhope, Investigator of Occult Phenomena: The Maker of Dreams by Thomas E. Fuller.  And in between… a little from Mr. Doyle himself.  April 13-14, 2013.

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Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: The Murder of Skip Sagan

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This month we bring you Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: The Murder of Skip Sagan, performed live at LibertyCon, July 21, 2012