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Heirloom Audio’s drama, Captain Bayley’s Heir, has been nominated for eight Audio Theatre Central Seneca Awards.
The Senecas, which are named for Lucius Seneca, a Roman dramatist who is considered the father of audio drama, recognize excellence in family-friendly audio drama programs.
On June 18, a committee of industry experts revealed the award nominees in 11 categories for the calendar year of 2017. The committee will announce the winners on July 27 at 7 p.m. (Pacific) in a streaming audio podcast hosted by Audio Theatre Central (ATC) and Porchlight Family Media.
ATC, which was founded in 2010, defines audio drama (also known as radio drama, radio theater, and audio theater) as “a dramatic audio production comprised of a full cast of actors performing a story accompanied by sound design and music to create an immersive aural experience.”
Captain Bayley’s Heir Champions Honor And Heroism
Productions that range from the highly-produced with intricate sound design to live recordings with minimal sound effects are eligible for the Senecas. Also among the main criteria are the essential elements of acting and sound design. Moreover, an important requirement is that the dramas are family friendly. Consequently, they should not contain cursing, sexual content, off-color innuendo, gratuitous violence, or any other content that is not suitable for all ages.
Heirloom Audio’s Captain Bayley’s Heir is Executive Producer Bill Heid’s eighth installment of his “Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty.” People know English novelist George Alfred Henty (1832-1902) best for his historical adventure stories. In addition, his main characters exhibit honor and heroism.
“‘Captain Bayley’s Heir’ is a quintessential American adventure,” says John Fornof, the writer and director of the audio drama. “It takes place in England. It takes place in America. It’s got this epic kind of feel to it.”
Notably, the audio drama stars voice actor Brian Blessed as the narrator, G.A. Henty. Additionally, John Rhys-Davies is the voice of Captain Bayley. Jade Williams, Ian Porter, Finty Williams, David Shaw-Parker, and other experienced voice actors also join him on the cast.
Biblical Values Set In The Old West
The exciting story begins as 18-year-old Frank leaves England on a voyage to America during the time of the Gold Rush. Frank hopes that, by making the arduous journey, he will prove himself to his uncle, Captain Harold Bayley, and to himself. Along the way, Frank meets many interesting characters. Some of them help him find the peace of God as he struggles to find direction and freedom from his troubled past. He also encounters the rigors of America’s West in the 19th century.
“Captain Bayley’s Heir” provides more than two hours of wholesome entertainment that is perfect for a family that is at home or on the go in the car. Furthermore, Heirloom Audio Productions provides a study guide so that families can learn more about the history and the biblical truths found in the story.
Captain Bayley’s Heir Seneca Nominations
In summary, here are the award categories for which ATC has nominated “Captain Bayley’s Heir.”
• Best Long Form Audio Drama
• Best Leading Actor (Theo Maggs as Frank)
• Best Supporting Actor (David Shaw-Parker as Hiram Bosarge and Colin Stinton as Abe)
• Best Supporting Actress (Jade Williams as Alice)
• Best Script (Written by John Fornof)
• Best Original Score (Composed by John Campbell)
• Best Sound Design (Sound Design by Rob Jorgensen)
• Best Cover Art
For more information on The Senecas, visit https://www.facebook.com/audiotheatrecentral. Hearing a sample of the Captain Bayley’s Heir story is also possible. Finally, you can learn how to order the audio drama for your family by going to the Captain Bayley’s Heir website.
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