Hello, there! I’m Christopher, which you should have known if you saw my cute little green logo. So, let me not distract you from the following post. I hope you like it! I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’re done reading it! Enjoy!
In 2013, Robert Thacker won CreationWork’s “The Quest for the Golden Script” contest and his script became the dramatized, half-hour audio drama “A Search for Truth.”
Zac wants to go on a missions trip with his parents to Australia, but he is too young and is sent to stay with his uncle and his farm. Zac puts on an attitude that shows that he doesn’t want to be there. So Penelopie shows him around the farm and they do chores together. As time goes on, Penelopie and Zac starts to disagree about the creation of the world, so Penelopie starts to show Zac many examples as proof showing God as Creator.
I did enjoy the audio drama. Robert did a fine job writing it. Jumping into it, I knew Robert wrote it, but it sounded like a Jonathan Park episode because of all the scientific facts. Even so, it was like a condensed version. But the script had too many characters, and it doesn’t make sense why Zac wanted to go to Australia in the first place because he wasn't a Christian.
Besides this episode, the two other productions from CreationWorks I have heard are Jonathan Park #1 and Journey to Novarupta And I have noted that they have never excelled in quality. They have not really gotten “better.” I mean, the Ceiling Fan sounds better in all aspects: acting, sound design, and they even have original music! It’s a bit sad.
First off, I felt like Penelopie was the best actor in the room. Zac was okay, his uncle Pete had a few lines that were a bit off. And at times, the sound effects turned my imagination the wrong way or was overdone. And I do wish they could hire a composer, some pieces I recognized from Jonathan Park #1!
But I love the mission of CreationWorks! They’re helping Christians to “prove their religion.” I’ve heard that, because people listen to JP, people have been able to stand up for their faith as a result. So I guess Penelopie was listening to Jonathan Park.
Overall, I did enjoy the drama. It is not the most amazing thing in the world, just to let you know. It’s short, only less than 30 minutes long.
But why was it called “A Quest For Truth?” Zach wasn’t searching for anything. Maybe “A Discovery of Truth” but that gives the ending away. I learned that from Kevin McCreary. How about “An Encounter of the Truth?” Eh, I don’t know.
I was able to ask Robert a few questions!
Q: How did you find out about the contest?
A: My brother first saw the announcement on the Audio Theatre Central website. He mentioned it to me, and I thought it was very intriguing.
Q: Where did you get the idea for the script?
A: After signing up as quick as I could (which I was very excited to do), it suddenly dawned on me that I needed to write a script. And fast. The deadline was in a month, and I hadn't even a vague idea of what to write. But I sat down anyway. And the first thing that came to me was . . . "But, dad!" And as I began to write, the story of a troubled and questioning teenager unfolded literally before my fingertips. I didn't have any plans or plots or an outline, and it was without my own ideas for the story to muddle the path that God gave me the insight, word by word, of the story. I didn't know where I was going, and so I was able to let God lead the story right where he wanted it. Of course, later I did spend some time editing and refining the plot after I finished the first draft.
Q: How many entries were there?
A: There was room for 25 contestants, and about half a dozen scripts were completed and entered.
Q: What was your reaction when you heard you won?
A: It was about two weeks after I sent my script in that we got a phone call. I was handed the phone and it was then dramatically announced that my script had come in first place! I remember the day distinctly (it was Summer, and really blue skies). I was ecstatic! I could hardly believe that I had won. And, like anyone in shock, it took me a while to grapple the reality of it all. There were a lot more surprises that would arise further along, too.
Q: What was it like hearing your script dramatized?
A: About one year after I sent in the script, it had been voiced, mixed, edited and mastered. I didn't have any part in this, so when the audio drama was sent to me after it was all done, I heard it for the very first time. It was brilliant. The actors and sound effects blew me away. In sum it was better than I had ever imagined it as. I experienced then just how audio drama is so much more than just a boring old script.
"Thanks for having me, Christopher!"
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