The Best in Family Friendly Audio Drama of 2016

Looking back over the past year it is undeniable that there was a some spectacular audio drama that was created. 2016 saw new series created...

Looking back over the past year it is undeniable that there was a some spectacular audio drama that was created. 2016 saw new series created and veteran producers continuing to make strides in the world of family friendly audio drama.

We wanted to recognize some of the productions that we thought were exceptionally well done and give credit to the talented folks who were responsible for making them possible. Sort of like the Emmys or Oscars or Grammys for family friendly audio drama. (We're still working on a name so if you have any ideas let us know.) The following are Audio Theatre Central's picks for the top audio drama from the calendar year of 2016.

Best Feature Length Production

Beric The Briton from Heirloom Audio Productions

Beric is an outstanding audio drama in every aspect; superb acting, an engaging story with well-rounded characters, and top-notch production values.

Bill Heid - Executive Producer
John Fornof - Producer & Director
Nick Heid - Writer
John Campbell - Original Score
Todd Busteed, GAP Digital - Sound Design and Foley

Full Credits

Best Adventures In Odyssey Episode

"The Feud of Mason County"

A perfect example of the Odyssey that we all love. A great episode for the long-time fan and the newcomer alike. A solid moral lesson, classic Mr. Whittaker and fun new characters are the highlights of this episode.

Written by Bob Hoose
Directed by Bob Hoose
Executive Producer - Dave Arnold
Post-Production by Christopher Diehl
Engineered by Christopher Diehl
Music by John Campbell

Episode Listing on the AIO Wiki

Best Musical Score

Jared DePasquale's score for Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi

Jared's music for this production is phenomenal. It is stirring, beautiful, and it is seamlessly woven into the story the way a great score should be.

Best New Series

Iliad House

Phil Lollar and his team have a created a home run with this new series and we can't wait to hear what they have in store for future episodes. Likable characters, engaging story-line, great production quality, not to mention some of the best artwork, are the highlights of this series.

Best Actor

Joseph Timms as Francis in Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi
Timms performance in this production was simply outstanding! Some of the best acting I have ever heard.

Best Actress

Katie Foster-Barnes as Amelia in Beric The Briton

Katie's portrayal of this character was extremely well done. She embodied the various aspects of the character's personality flawlessly.

So there you have it! What we consider the best of 2016. Would you have made a different decision? Let us know in the comments below. And if you think we should have more categories next year let us know that too!

Here's to some more fabulous audio drama in 2017!


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