Monday, October 20, 2014

DEAD AHEAD is DEAD AHEAD

First day of our upcoming Zombie Horror show DEAD AHEAD is in the can! This one is going to be quite frightening.... there were a couple of scenes tonight that were chilling (what I mean is, it's not often that things get scary watching the actors at the microphones) - I can only imagine how terrifying they will be once music and sound effects are added. The cast just knocked this one outta the park... some powerful performances.
I never thought we would do a Zombie feature - but being trapped with a thousand Zombies on an Ocean Liner out at sea was pretty hard to turn down. Can't wait for you all to hear it!! We are recording till Oct. 28th, and the release is planned for March. - JR


DEAD AHEAD 
cast:
Jack Peterson - JOSEPH ZAMPARELLI
Emile - ALLAN MAYO
Lisa Sanders - LEIGH BERRY
Mark Sanders - ROBIN GABRIELLI
Tony - DEREK AALERUD
Beau Chapman - ROBIN GABRIELLI
Jim - LINCOLN CLARK

Saturday, October 18, 2014

NEW RELEASE

POWDER RIVER - MORGAN'S TOWN. 



on Amazon

on Audible

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

THE STAR ANGEL - A New Musical

Jeff Gage and I have been re-working our musical THE STAR ANGEL for the stage. Here is a song from the show that "Sean" sings with "Pockets" - a tramp clown ornament (Sean finds himself with his sister ON the tree this particular Christmas Eve... long story). Sean is having a rough Christmas - the first since the death of his father. That's where the song comes in... as Sean sees an old car ornament that was his dads favorite. Will Fafard sings the role of Sean, and yours truly is filling in for Pockets until we can find someone good. Keep your fingers crossed that we get this on the stage for Christmas, 2015!

video

Sunday, September 21, 2014

TICONDEROGA Continues

Since its release in 2008, and re-release by Brilliance Audio in 2012, TICONDEROGA has become one of our most popular titles. Set in 1758 during the French and Indian War, the production featured fictional characters against the backdrop of actual events - including the epic battle of Fort Carillon (complete with bagpipes and drums).  We have received numerous requests to continue the story, which was released as a 9 hour audio drama feature.
We have listened - and we are going to produce a new series based on the characters we created. TICONDEROGA - The Series, will start at the same place the feature left us.Season 1 will have 12 half hour episodes.

Production begins Sept. 29th at CRT.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

OUR FAVORITE MARTIANS

COMING TO CD -   Our Audie Award nominated production ....


OCTOBER 7th  from BRILLIANCE AUDIO. 
PRE-ORDER CD HERE!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Making THE HALLOWEEN TREE


It was in early July, 2006, when Ray Bradbury asked us to do SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. I once again asked Nancy Curran Willis to direct (she had directed our first production for Ray, DANDELION WINE). Ray emailed me the script from his SWTWC's stage version, I made some sound and music tweaks, set a recording date for the end of August, and we had auditions in Ipswich. This is where we found Anastas Varinos and Matt Robertson. We cast them in the two leads - but the six other kids who showed up were really, really good as well. On the ride home from the audition, I remembered J.T. Turner a few weeks before, talking about Ray's book THE HALLOWEEN TREE - which I had never read. We had the right number of kids for that story.

I called Ray and asked him if he had a script for that one. I'll never forget him saying to me: "No - but this is what you do. Buy the book, get a red pencil, cross out everything but the character dialog, and you'll have your script!"  And that is exactly what I did.  This was August of 2006 when the script was completed, and on Dec. 2, 2006, we recorded THE HALLOWEEN TREE. The session took the entire day, and we were on the clock for it, as many of the boys were appearing in various Christmas shows in Boston and had to be downtown  for the evening curtains. Our cut off time was not negotiable - we had to finish on time - and it was a big script. Not an easy task - but the kids were pros and we got it done.


Nancy got some amazing performances out of the kids. I remember when (in the show) they introduce who they are to each other...  "MUMMY" "WITCH" "MR.DEATH"  - and Nancy's direction was "I want you to say who you are the way your character would say it."  And wouldn't you know, the kid who said "MUMMMY" sounded like a mummy!?  I know a mummy can't speak, but if he did, I bet it would sound like the kid you'll hear in the show!

The production did not go into editing until a year later. I wanted to wait till we could upgrade our music program. THE HALLOWEEN TREE needed an extensive score, and if there was a better music program out there - I wanted it.  So we saved for it, and got it. It was not easy sitting on it for a year; I knew we had something special.

There was some criticism when the show was released due to the fact that there are a few songs in the production. We always stick to book at CRT, and in the book THE HALLOWEEN TREE,  Ray writes how the tree sings - and he even wrote the lyrics in the book. Jeff used those same lyrics when he composed the songs (He was excited to see the sheet music "Music By Jeffrey Gage, Lyrics By Ray Bradbury."
THE HALLOWEEN TREE was released on October 1, 2008, two years after it was recorded, by Blackstone Audio. It won the Ogle Award for Best Fantasy production of 2008. Blackstone did not enter it for an Audie consideration, which was a shame. I think we had a chance that year.

Everything just came together on this one: the cast, the editing, the music. It continues to be a popular item each Halloween Season and a best seller for Bradbury audios - even after six years in release.

The kids are all grown up now. Four of them that I am still in contact with are in college, another went on to star in movies and TV... the others I have lost contact with.

Ray Bradbury was an incredible friend to Colonial - and he trusted us with four of his most iconic works - to which I am forever grateful.

And I still have the book - with all the red lines through it.
Onward!
Jerry R

RAY BRADBURY'S THE HALLOWEEN TREE on iTunes

RAY BRADBURY'S THE HALLOWEEN TREE on CD - Amazon

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

SGT. BILLY AND CORP. SAM

CRT WELCOMES SGT. BILLY! We are VERY happy announce that SGT. BILLY O'BRIEN is coming to CRT for a six episode western comedy series, SGT. BILLY AND CORP. SAM - with "Sam" being CRT favorite Sam Donato. Both appeared on the hit WBZ TV show BOOMTOWN starring Rex Trailer - with Billy as Rex's side-kick for many years. There's not a kid who grew up in New England from the 1960s to the early 1980's who does not know Sgt. Billy! He and Sam played the miners who had a poor sense of direction in our 2007 production POWDER RIVER AND THE MOUNTAIN OF GOLD. Bill is also a world class banjo player who recorded for MGM records - and of course we'll have some fancy pickin' and singin' in each episode.
In real life - Bill was a member of the U.S. Cavalry and rose to the rank of Sergeant,-just like his character on the Boomtown show. Bill was also a member of The Honor Guard at his Fort.
SGT. BILLY AND CORP. SAM records next week and will be released in 2015. These are going to fun programs!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ALL HAIL!

Need a laugh this Labor Day Weekend as we say good-bye to summer? Download CRT's non-political political comedy, HAIL ON THE CHIEF! Jerry Robbins and J.T.Turner (who is hilarious as King Palamoa) will surely make you LOL - or as we said in the old days, LAUGH OUT LOUD in this fun comedy by Michael B. Druxman.  




 HAIL ON THE CHIEF on iTUNES

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CRT RETURNS TO OZ

A big thanks to Jarred Davis who gave our PATCHWORK GIRL OF OZ script a once over, and found we had left our a key element! Jarred is all knowing of all things OZ (not just the movie, but the original books as well!) - so thanks, Jarred! We appreciate it! Production begins Oct. 6th.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

CD's and Downloads Around The World Today



C-R-T's TOP TEN CD's on Amazon USA today:
#1: Powder River  Season 9 Vol.1
#2: OZ Family Collection
#3: The Red Badge Of Courage
#4: Ticonderoga
#5: Powder River Season 2
#6: Beacon Hill Series 1
#7: Treasure Island
#8: The Father Brown Mysteries Vol. 1
#9: The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
#10: Perry Mason And the Case Of The Velvet Claws

C-R-T's TOP TEN on Audible USA today
#1: Powder River Season 9 Vol. 1
#2: Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles
#3: Powder River Season 8 Vol. 2
#4: Perry Mason And The Case of the Curious Bride
#5: The Canterville Ghost
#6: Perry Mason And The Case of the Velvet Claws
#7: The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
#8: Perry Mason And The Case of The Howling Dog
#9: Perry Mason And The Case of The Sulky Girl
#10: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

C-R-T's TOP TEN on Audible UK
 #1: Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles
#2: Gettysburg
#3: The Canterville Ghost
#4: Barrymore
#5: Perry Mason And The Case Of The Howling Dog
#6: Perry Mason And The Case Of The Sulky Girl
#7: Perry Mason And The Case Of TheLucky Legs
#8: Zorro Rides Again
#9: Zorro And The Pirate Raiders
#10: Logan's Run - Aftermath

C-R-T's TOP TEN Amazon Japan
#1: Charles Dickens Christmas Collection
#2: Oz Collection
#3: Jeeves And Wooster Vol. 2
#4: Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles
#5: The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
#6: The War Of The Worlds
#7: Agent 13 And The Invisible Empire Part 1
#8: The Innocence Of Father Brown Part 1 (Release Date Dec. 9)
#9: The Innocence Of Father Brown Part 2 (Release Date Dec. 9)
#10: Powder River Season 8 (Release Date Dec. 8)

C-R-T's TOP TEN Amazon Australia
#1: Powder River Season 9 Vol. 1
#2: Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine
#3: Powder River Season 7
#4: OZ Family Collection
#5: The Red Badge Of Courage
#6: Ticonderoga
#7: Powder River Season 2
#8: Beacon Hill Series 1
#9: Treasure Island
#10: The Father Brown Mysteries, Vol. 1

C-R-T's TOP TEN Amazon Germany
#1: Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles
#2: Vincent Price Presents Vol. 1
#3: Captain Blood
#4: The Father Brown Mysteries Vol. 2
#5: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
#6: Powder River Season 4
#7: Return To Treasure Island
#8: Wrath Of The Titans
#9: The Canterville Ghost
#10: King Solomon's Mines

C-R-T's TOP TEN Amazon Spain
#1: Agent 13 And The Invisible Empire Part 1
#2: The Alamo
#3: The New Dibble Show (Dibble's farewell to Satellite Radio)
#4: Beacon Hill Series 3
#5: Beacon Hill Series 4
#6: The Black Arrow
#7: The Blockade Runners
#8: The Bozeman Trail
#9: Bunker Hill
#10: The Burglars' Club Vol. 2