Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Whitsend.org feature called the Odyssey Times. Originally published around February of 2002.
The latest album from the series of radio shows based on our town will be released next month. Nathaniel Graham interviewed some of the citizens of Odyssey who played themselves in the show.
The Cover Art
The latest album features a very interesting cover with Whit looking at a map. I talked to Whit about posing for the cover. “It looks like an easy cover to photograph, but it wasn’t,” said Whit. “It took a long time to get the lighting just exactly right so the shadow from his finger would fall across the town of Odyssey. It’s subtle, but I think it really added to the cover.”
Sarah Prachett remembers, “My favorite episode was “Slumber Party” because it was so much fun working on the show. The writer, Kathy Wierenga, interviewed all of us about our slumber party experiences and wove them together into an episode. I think it did a very good job showing what can happen at a Slumber Party.”
The Great Wishy Woz
The Great Wishy Woz was taken from an actual Kids’ Radio broadcast written and directed by Mandy Straussberg. “I was a bit nervous directing my first show,” says Mandy, “but seeing how well it turned out, I’m very glad that they decided to put it into an Odyssey album.”
The title of the album came from a rather interesting source. Two of the producers of the show were arguing over what the title should be. One was firmly set on calling the album “The Adventures in Odyssey shows that come after In Your Wildest Dreams,” a reference to the previous album. Another was completely convinced that the album should be called “An Opportunity to see the Best and the Worst of the Big Deal about Impossible Trials that you Wish would happen as you Slumber while the Red Sun Rises,” a title which incorporates all the names of the episodes in the album. They got to yelling and one said to the other, “You’re not seeing the big picture!” Both of them paused. They threw their hands in the air. That was it! The title of the album should be, “You’re Not Seeing!” (They later changed the title to “The Big Picture.”)