Lights Out: Superhero Audio Drama Series

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What do you do when the lights go out? As we saw in “Lights Out at Whit’s End,” Adventures in Odyssey inspires you to not just be a consumer but also a producer. Lights Out posts get you thinking about how you can create.

I have an idea for an audio drama series I want to create. I haven’t thought of a title for the series yet, but it is going to be about superheroes. It will emphasis biblical truths like Adventures in Odyssey. Before I start recording it though, I want to invest in a pro mic for my computer. Here’s some notes I’ve worked up so far:

Series Details

Synopsis

The series is a family-friendly superhero comedy. Rather than focusing on fight scenes and villains, the series focuses on the lives of a brother and sister superhero team and how their relationship is upset by the arrival of a new superhero who the brother likes. It is a lighthearted look at the superhero genre similar to The Tick and Jack Staff. Unlike most superhero fiction that spends most its time with the hero suited up, this series attempts to answer the question, “What do superheroes do when they aren’t on duty?” Storylines will resemble sitcom plots more than typical genre plots.

Format

Each episode is thirty minutes. The series is comprised of six episode BBC-style seasons. The episodes can contain dialogue, sound effects, and music, but narration is to be avoided. Each episode is a self-contained story, but the character’s relationships develop over the course of the series.

Main Characters

Orange Soda a.k.a. Hannah Sassafras

“Asthmatic, mother…oh, and a superhero.” 36 years old. Blue Slush’s sister. Married to Thomas Sassafras. Mother of Tommy and Timmy.

Orange Soda has the ability to spit fireballs from her mouth. She is neither fast nor good when it comes to hand-to-hand combat, but her fireballs can be deadly from a distance. Her eyes glow orange as she spits fireballs.

Hannah’s parents discovered her power when she was only four and burped a fireball. They lived in a small community (that happened to be built near a nuclear power plant) and kept their daughter’s unnatural ability a secret lest their gossiping neighbors catch wind of it. Once her brother was born, their parents gave them up for adoption to a government laboratory. She has a close relationship with her brother and tends to be overprotective. They have been fighting crime together in Wittenville for six years. She is active at the First Baptist Church and serves as chairwoman of the Events Planning Committee. The first season story arc involves a series of arsons that are blamed on Orange Soda.

Blue Slush a.k.a. Samson Straw

“Security guard by night, superhero by day.” 28 years old. Orange Soda’s brother.

Blue Slush does not require sleep. While he does not possess super strength, he is trained in martial arts and effective at hand-to-hand combat. He stays physically fit and is often aided by an arsenal of experimental gadgets he is testing for the government. He works as a security guard at night and is able to superhero all day since he does not require sleep.

Samson’s parents learned early on that their son was unusual. While their baby did not require sleep, they did. They met with scientist Dr. Hank Fizzle who adopted their children and raised them in a laboratory with another superpowered child named Gill Girl who Samson dated in high school. Samson still returns to the lab monthly so Dr. Fizzle can perform additional tests (and occasionally supply him with an experimental gadget.) He uses his time as a security guard to read huge volumes (often theological works) and has consequently amassed a huge knowledge of mostly useless trivia. When Silver Strike arrives in town, he falls in love with her, which causes tension in his relationship with his sister.

Silver Strike a.k.a. Anastacia Styles

24 years old. Silver Strike is extremely fast and agile, but it is unclear what her super powers are (or if she even has any). She’s very secretive about it, and evades the question or changes the subject when super powers are brought up.

Anastacia arrives in Wittenville and starts stealing attention from the town’s current superhero duo. Blue Slush immediately wants to team up, but his sister is more reluctant. When she discovers her brother is attracted to Silver Strike, she gets quite upset. Anastacia is mysterious about her background. She is embarrassed she used to be a jewel thief. She calls Hannah and Samson by the nicknames she gave them both in and out of costume. The nicknames are Fireball and Blue, respectively.

Minor Characters

Thomas Sassafras, Orange Soda’s Husband

Thomas met Hannah at college. They dated all four years and got married shortly after graduating. He learned of Hannah’s super alter ego during their junior year and remains supportive of her superhero work. He is a meteorologist at a local TV station.

Tommy and Timmy Sassafras, Orange Soda’s Sons

Tommy, 12, is Hannah and Thomas’ oldest son, and Timmy, 9, is their youngest. Neither have displayed any signs yet that they have inherited any unusual powers from their mother. Nor do they know their mother and uncle are superheroes. Their parents made the decision not to tell them until they turned thirteen, an age deemed old enough to keep their mother’s important secret.

Frank, Proprietor of The Fountain

Frank is the proprietor of The Fountain, an old fashioned ice cream shop frequented by Orange Soda and Blue Slush. This acerbic old man often offers frank and witty commentary on town events whether his patrons request it or not.

Dr. Hank “Pops” Fizzle

Dr. Hank Fizzle is the government scientist who adopted Hannah and Samson along with another unusual girl named Sally. He was kind and prevented the military from ever performing cruel experiments on his superpowered wards. He served as a father figure to all three, and they affectionately address him as “Pops.” Samson visits the lab monthly, so Dr. Fizzle can continue to study his anatomy in hopes of developing a pill that would allow soldiers to go weeks without sleep.

Gill Girl a.k.a. Sally Danforth

Born in the same small town as Hannah and Samson, Sally’s parents turned her over to the government when she was born with gills. She is the same age as Samson, and they dated in high school. She went off to college when Samson did an earned a degree in marine biology. Unlike Samson, she returned to the government lab where they were raised and does research with Dr. Fizzle now. She is extremely self-conscious of her gills (located on her forearms) and wears long sleeves year round to conceal them. She can only go a couple hours without needing to submerge her gills in water. When out with friends, she frequently uses the restroom “to wash her hands.”

Settings

Wittenville

A moderately-sized, nondescript North American town. It is pronounced Vittenville. It has been the home to Orange Soda and Blue Slush since they graduated college. They have been the town’s super duo for the last six years.

The Fountain

Old fashioned ice cream shop in Wittenville. It is frequented by Hannah and Samson and is where most of their serious conversations are held. The ice cream shop sells Orange Soda and a Blue Slush named after the town’s superheroes. The two always order the drink named after their alter ego. After the arrival of Silver Strike, The Fountain adds a milkshake by the same name to their menu aggravating Hannah.

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This sounds awesome!! I say go right ahead! Maybe a radio station will want to air it. I'm not real experienced with audio engineering, but I'm hear to help in any way I can.

It sounds great! If its only available for download, I wouldn't be able to listen to it.

Wow, that is so cool!
It's funny 'cause I've kinda been wanting to make an audio drama myself.
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