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The Kelly Ventura

By Kelly Ventura

New audio plays based on classic stories and podcasts from thekellyventura.com! Each story and podcast episode is produced by Kelly Ventura. Kelly has performed in over 100 theatre productions over the last 30 years. Kelly lives in Central CA with his wife, daughter, and their rescue dog.
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Sweeney Todd “A String of Pearls”
Sweeney Todd “A String of Pearls”
An audio drama based on the public domain work “A String of Pearls” featuring the infamous Sweeney Todd, abridged and performed by Kelly Ventura. Before Sondheim, Tim Burton, or Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd lived in the pages of the “penny dreadful” stories. These serialized works were the pulp fiction of the mid 1800s and featured the infamous barber of Fleet Street “Easy shaving for a penny, as good as you will find any.”
11:36
March 22, 2022
Treasure Island Episode 4
Treasure Island Episode 4
Episode Four of "Treasure Island" based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Recorded Summer of 2020.
07:17
February 18, 2022
Treasure Island Episode 3
Treasure Island Episode 3
Episode Three of "Treasure Island" based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Recorded Summer of 2020.
10:19
February 18, 2022
Treasure Island Episode 2
Treasure Island Episode 2
Episode Two of "Treasure Island" based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Recorded Summer of 2020.
11:12
February 18, 2022
Treasure Island Episode 1
Treasure Island Episode 1
Episode One of "Treasure Island", the dramatized audio book based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Recorded Summer of 2020.
10:20
February 18, 2022
A Christmas Story The Podcast “Now In Hi Fidelity Cinema Scope!”
A Christmas Story The Podcast “Now In Hi Fidelity Cinema Scope!”
Episode Two: We caught up with actors Bob Simpkins, Henry Van Gemert, and Nicholas Simpkins. You’ll hear about their favorite scenes and they’ll let you know what audiences can expect when they come to see the show! Visit visaliaplayers.org for tickets and showtimes!
15:18
November 27, 2021
A Christmas Story The Podcast “Mr. and Mrs. Parker”
A Christmas Story The Podcast “Mr. and Mrs. Parker”
Episode One: “Mr. and Mrs. Parker” Go behind the scenes of The Visalia Players production of “A Christmas Story”. We’ll talk with the actors, directors, and crew and get their take on the classic show. In this episode, we’ll chat with Christa Reiber (Mrs. Parker) and Chris Brantley (Mr. Parker AKA “The Old Man). “A Christmas Story” runs December 3-19. Visit www.visaliaplayers.org for tickets and showtimes.
16:09
November 11, 2021
“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe
“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe
Ready for Halloween? We bring you “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, a fully dramatized version of the classic poem, read by Kelly Ventura.
09:49
October 12, 2021
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
Episode Three: “Revenge” Dr. Thomas Lanyon is the only one who knows the true relationship between Jekyll and Hyde. But this revelation may cost him his life. Jekyll begins to formulate a plan to destroy Hyde while Utterson pleads with Jekyll to find another way to deal with this monster. See the face behind the voice. Download our virtual program at www.thekellyventura.com and meet the cast! This story is experienced best on stereo headphones or speakers. If you enjoyed this show please rate us on Apple Podcasts. And for more shows like this, visit us at thekellyventura.com. Due to brief mild language and scenes of violence (including suicide) parental guidance is suggested for young listeners.
33:42
May 17, 2021
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
Episode Two: “Chief of Sinners” Gabriel Utterson uncovers more evidence to the murder of Sir Danvers Carew. The true identity of Mr. Hyde is finally revealed, sending Dr. Jekyll into a dark existence of extreme seclusion. Only his friend Gabriel Utterson can save him. See the face behind the voice. Download our virtual program at www.thekellyventura.com and meet the cast! Episode Three will be available May 17, 2021. This story is experienced best on stereo headphones or speakers.
27:04
May 10, 2021
Kelly Ventura Backstage “Guitar Hero”
Kelly Ventura Backstage “Guitar Hero”
Episode 5 of Kelly Ventura Backstage features Jack Patino. Jack escaped jury duty just for this show and Kelly and Lauren talk about Jack’s affection for guitars, his love of theatre, and his especially heartfelt advice for student actors.
41:23
May 04, 2021
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
Episode One: “Darkness Gathers” Gabriel Utterson embarks on an adventure that leads him to discover how much power Mr. Hyde has over his long time friend Henry Jekyll. What is this dark influence? A past sin? A private disgrace? Utterson will not rest until he saves his friend. See the face behind the voice. Download our virtual program at www.thekellyventura.com and meet the cast! Episode Two will be available May 10, 2021. This story is experienced best on stereo headphones or speakers.
25:44
April 27, 2021
Kelly Ventura Backstage “The Cow Was Spectacular!”
Kelly Ventura Backstage “The Cow Was Spectacular!”
In Episode 4 entitled “The Cow Was Spectacular” Kelly and Lauren talk with special guest Thomas Nance. They discuss Tom’s history in theater and how his experiences on stage have shaped him into the person he is today. You will enjoy his “behind the scenes” stories. (“Fight on, D’Artagnan!”) Tom is an exceptional individual who always puts a positive spin on life, and you will be inspired when you hear the reason why he loves performing.
38:25
April 19, 2021
Kelly Ventura Backstage “Mountain Dew and a Missing Necklace”
Kelly Ventura Backstage “Mountain Dew and a Missing Necklace”
In Episode 3 we chat with Isabella O’Keefe about what motivates her to excel and succeed at so many endeavors both on stage and off stage. We also talk about her work with the Kennedy Center on a regional and national level. Isabella is one of those actors who has done the work and is seeing the results of her efforts. You will be inspired by her advice for younger student actors.
37:00
April 05, 2021
Kelly Ventura Backstage “Thunder Clap Hap Hadden”
Kelly Ventura Backstage “Thunder Clap Hap Hadden”
In Episode 2, Kelly and Lauren talk with special guest Chris Lopez. Chris started in local theatre and has since appeared in prime time shows such as “Grownish”, “Criminal Minds”, “Lucifer”, and “Young Sheldon”. On this episode they discuss how hard work pays off no matter what the industry.
32:47
March 30, 2021
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
A trailer for the upcoming audio play “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” coming April 26, 2021. Everyone has two natures: good and evil. Which is yours?
01:08
March 26, 2021
The Legend of King Arthur Episode 2
The Legend of King Arthur Episode 2
In this episode, “Excalibur and The Lady of The Lake” Arthur is crowned King, faces his first enemy, and takes up the sword Excalibur for the first time!
10:43
March 26, 2021
The Legend of King Arthur Episode 1
The Legend of King Arthur Episode 1
Embark on an epic adventure as young Arthur becomes King of England! Based on the book “King Arthur And His Knights” by Maude L Radford. From modern day Super Heroes to Jedi Knights, they all share one thing in common: the classic Arthurian legend.  Visit our website www.thekellyventura.com for an online study guide for students.
15:21
January 08, 2021
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
Based on the original story by Charles Dickens. This audio play is abridged and performed by Kelly Ventura. Since 2005 Kelly has performed this as a one person performance piece across the U.S. This abridgment is based on that show. For young listeners, parental guidance is suggested due to some frightening moments.
49:11
December 29, 2020
The Dying Detective - A Sherlock Holmes Story
The Dying Detective - A Sherlock Holmes Story
Sherlock Holmes is near death from a highly contagious virus and Watson must race across London to secure the services of the only man in London who can save his friend!
34:06
December 16, 2020