Edge of Faith July 2017 - Page 20

It is hard to answer because every production has things about it that are either challenging or fun or creatively invigorating and they are all over the place. We did all seven Chronicles of Narnia, which I can look back and say, “That was incredibly satisfying to do,” but it was really hard work. It was invigorating. It was all of those things and I have great memories of that; posi- tive and negative. I do remember at one point, I think we were recording the voice tracks for both Prince Caspian and Dawn Treader back to back because we were afraid the kids would grow up in the interim and their voices would change. So, we said, “We better get all of this in one go.” I do remember in the middle of those sessions just thinking, “Oh, I really would like to go home now. I really would like to stop. I’m exhausted.” But I can look back on everything that we did and say, “Well, I think we did a pretty decent job of capturing those seven stories dramatically in an audio setting.” Each one is like that. On that one, by the way, I have great affection for the time that we had to work with Paul Scofield, who was our storyteller. He was just such a remarkable man and I think back with great fondness for that and working with Dave Suchet who was our Aslan; and the hundreds of other actors that we got to work with. So, that one comes to mind; probably because of the size and scope of it. Then you have within that the Father Gilbert Mysteries, which I, for obvious reasons, have great affection for. Then the most recent things produced, which would be the Brother Francis audio drama and the new one about St. Patrick. Father Gilbert is a favorite of mine. I love that. In closing, are there any final thoughts you’d like to leave for the reader? I would love to think that readers would engage in the audio realm. I know that audio drama can be a bit of a niche experience for some people, and I understand that. But it is worth trying, if they haven’t tried; beyond just narrated books, audio books, that kind of thing. The full-blown experience of drama and sound effect and music at that level, especially while you are driving or sitting at home or whatever. I am a big advocate for all of us, as believers, to use whatever tools are at our disposal, artistically and otherwise, to proclaim Christ and to do that and to do it well.