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A Peep Behind the Scenes Outreach

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As you probably already know, Lamplighter Theatre is offering the newest production, A Peep Behind the Scenes, as a free download to people who will commit to using it as a tool to spread the gospel. We’re calling it the Peep Behind the Scenes Outreach, and if you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so on the official outreach page.

On May 28th, 2010, we’ll be sending all of those who signed up an email with the information necessary to download the entire drama! That’s over 3 1/2 hours of remarkable story telling, original music scores, and the best sound design around. We’re making it available to you so that you can tell your friends, family, and the community-at-large about the redemptive hope that can be theirs through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Here are some of the ways you can do that:

  • Have a listening party and open the invitation to your unsaved friends and family
  • Make some copies and give them away to people you think might be in need
  • Make it available to local community groups like retirement homes
  • Invite a single friend over for some coffee or tea and listen with them.
  • Get in touch with your churches, homeschool groups, small, groups, and all of your friends to let

You can also help us spread the word by telling your church leaders, homeschool groups, small group members, etc. about this opportunity. We all know people who need to hear the Gospel and who need to know that they are not alone. We encourage you to take this opportunity to share A Peep Behind the Scenes with whoever you can think of.

Resources

On our official Outreach page, we’ve provided some downloadable resources for you to help in spreading the word. There you will find 2 versions of a beautifully designed full color poster which you can get printed and hang up in your church and around the community. There are also audio and video resources which you can use to give people a glimpse of what Lamplighter Theatre and A Peep Behind the Scenes are all about. Download them now, and get started!

Feedback

We want to hear your stories! There are many ways you can share your experiences with this outreach initiative. Here are a few ideas:

  • Write us a letter! It’s not old fashioned! And we love receiving mail with your stories of how God used a Lamplighter book or drama in your life. Mail it to Lamplighter Theatre, PO Box 777, Waverly, PA 18471.
  • Contribute to the Facebook Page. Become a fan and post your stories and photos of your efforts to deliver the Gospel message contained in A Peep Behind the Scenes.
  • Write a blog post and send us the link. We’d be happy to share it with others. Be sure to link the drama in the post!

A Peep Behind the Scenes is not just another story. And that’s a trait shared by all of the Lamplighter books. But A Peep Behind the Scenes has a special ability to convey the need we all have for a loving Saviour. It proves to us that behind every smiling face is a hurting heart and that for those things that appear to be glamorous, there is a high price to pay.   

So join us online or on the radio from April 10 – May 22nd for the 7-episode epic drama, A Peep Behind the Scenes! Don’t miss it!

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New Podcast Feature!

Interested in downloading some of the latest episodes, radio promos, behind the scenes videos, and more? Subscribe to the brand new Lamplighter Theatre Podcast on iTunes, or watch/listen right here on the Lamplighter Theatre Blog.

We’ve decided to make the first episode of EVERY audio drama we do available for free download all the time! So here is Episode 1 of The Basket of Flowers.

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Recording the Drama – A Peep Behind the Scenes

Coming up in March we will be airing the radio drama of one of our best known titles, A Peep Behind the Scenes. But long before the day of the first broadcast, much must be accomplished to get the drama produced. The script must be written, actors need to be hired, the studio needs to be booked, and travel arrangements must be made.

For most of our dramas we head across the Atlantic to record with one of the world’s most talented radio theatre producers, Phillip Glassborrow at SoundHouse Studios, London. In the future, we’ll tell you all about Phillip. But as a precursor to that, I’d like for you to see some of our actors and production staff in action with these “behind the scenes” (pun intended!) videos from the recording sessions for A Peep Behind the Scenes. Enjoy!

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Wrap Up: The Basket of Flowers

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Well, I hope you enjoyed our latest production, The Basket of Flowers, which aired its fourth and final episode over the course of the past week. If you haven’t heard it yet then get to our website before Friday to hear it. Come Friday, the first episode of Charlie’s Choice will take its place, so you better hurry! The 2-disc set, complete with beautifully illustrated, full color packaging is now available for purchase and will be shipping out starting October 30th, so get your copy today! Or, if you’re in a hurry, you can purchase the high quality MP3 version here. Either way, you’re bound to enjoy it over and over again!

As you may know, the Basket of Flowers was the first book published by Lamplighter Publishing. Just like Finnian Jones told Jessica in the story, it was first written in 1878 by Christoph von Schmid. Originally written in German, then translated into French, and then into English, this book is the cornerstone of our Lamplighter Rare Collector Series.  What a picture of mercy, thankfulness, honesty, and integrity it paints for us in fundamental truths like “It is better to die for the truth than to live for a lie,” or “The worst pillow to sleep on is the pillow of a guilty conscience.”

What are some of the truths that stood out to you as you listened? What were your favorite parts of the story? We’d love to hear from you! Post a comment below and share your thoughts.

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Headed for the Airwaves

One of the biggest challenges in producing an audio drama intended for radio is actually getting it on the airwaves. Thankfully, we have had interest in our project from radio stations before we even began. We knew that when we had a finished product, we had a place to put it. And for us, that is just more evidence that God is in this and that He is directing our steps according to His plans. Here is a brief note from Rick Snavely, CEO and Network Manager of Family Life Network in Bath, NY after receiving “Defy the Darkness” and the accompanying promotional materials:

Mark,

Wow – I’m impressed! That’s quite a promotional package that you put together. How far along are you with the video concept? Will you have a video for each audio story that you produce? It looks like your going full-speed ahead with multiple engines. I’m excited for you!

Rick Snavely
CEO / Radio Network Manager
Family Life Network
  

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We Have Something Wonderful In Store for You

WOW! I wasn’t expecting to be able to publish a preview of what we’re working on quite this early. But here it is! As I mentioned in the previous post, our team was working feverishly to produce a five minute demo for a foundation who is meeting to discuss funding for Lamplighter Theatre. When I got into the office this morning, the first thing I heard from a co-worker was “Did you hear the audio yet?” Immediately I sat down and and listened to the demo… and it would be fruitless to try to explain to you in words what the experience was like. So without further ado, Lamplighter Theatre presents, Sir Malcom and the Missing Prince (Demo)!


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A Story of Perseverance and Sacrifice

This past weekend a great effort was underway to produce a five minute excerpt of the new Sir Malcom and the Missing Prince Dramatic Audio to send to a very important meeting. Both our audio engineer and music composer spent their weekend working on this, and they did it free of charge. Once the sound designer completed the final mix of this demo, our producer John Fornoff raced around trying to find an open courier who could deliver the demo overnight to the meeting. No one was open, and he had just missed FedEx by five minutes. John was ready to book a flight to Texas in order to deliver the demo in time, but in a moment of wisdom, his wife urged him to contact a recording studio near where the meeting was to take place to see if they could help. Thankfully, a studio employee was working and was not only willing to receive the demo over the internet and record it to a cd, but to ensure it’s delivery to the meeting by 9 a.m. the next morning.

One of the most extraordinary things about working in ministry, is seeing God use people in ways you might never expect. The people that God has raised up to be a part of Lamplighter and Lamplighter Theatre are people of passion and vision, and the years they have spent in cultivating their skills have not blinded their eyes and ears to God’s call for sacrifice and faithfulness.

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Buckle Up!

Here is a short note we received from a valued member of the Lamplighter family:

Hi Mr. Hamby,

We were in the car today, and [my sister] was reading the script for Sir Malcolm aloud to us. Very soon after she started to read, the car was quiet, all of us listening. My 8 year old brother, sitting there with rapt attention, suddenly said, “Turn it up!” We all burst out laughing because we knew he meant the volume, and she was only reading it! Thought you might like to hear that…we can’t wait to hear the audio version!!! We were very sorry when she came to the end of part 1. As Adventures in Odyssey fans, and already Lamplighter Theatre fans, we’re very excited to see this! (This looks like it might turn out even better than Odyssey!)

-Esther

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Welcome!

Today is a big day for us at Lamplighter! I just received word that the first episode of our first radio drama is being recorded today! And with the release of our promotional short film “Defy the Darkness,” the launch of a newly designed and upgraded webstore, as well as the launch of this blog, the word “busy” becomes rather inadequate! God has opened many doors, and windows, over the past few months and much has happened. Mark Hamby, the president of Lamplighter, has accounted for much of it in his blog and I would encourage you to take a look at what’s been happening.

If you’re not already on our Prayer Partners e-mail list, please considers signing up to offer your support in prayer. I’d also like to recommend that you subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed to receive the most up-to-date news and info about Lamplighter Theatre. More info on RSS and other auto-update options here. Please check back often for news, images, and video from the journey with Lamplighter Theatre.

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