Listen Online! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 8: Jack and the Beanstalk

Performer: 

Tom Kramer

Crew:

Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.

Sound effects editing and final mixing by William R. Coughlan.

Post-production services provided by Tohubohu Productions, LLC

Length: 24:07
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains a cruel and murderous giant, a conspiratorial and duplicitous giantess, and broken necks, which arguably might be the audio theater equivalent of villains falling from a great height.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Adapting Fairy Tales for Radio

Since we’re deep in the land of fairy tales with, it felt like a good time to some of the considerations we’ve had in adapting the stories you’re hearing on Through the Looking Glass.

For the most part, we’ve tried to keep to the straight text from a particular translation or version wherever possible. There’s two main reasons for this.

Firstly, it makes the production that much easier if we aren’t spending as much time adapting the work (if you’ve listened or read some of our other behind-the-scenes, you know some of our original series are written over the course of years). Now we do often need to examine several versions of a tale and sometimes synthesize a combination of versions, but that’s still less writing work than completely original scripts.

Secondly, we usually like the written version. It usually has more depth and more nuance than versions we may have seen adapted for the screen. There’s often darker tones here and there as the monsters can be truly monstrous, the heroes a bit more flawed, and the setbacks more charmingly convoluted.

That said, we have noticed a few issues that we have to look out for in every fairy tale as we set about adapting it.

For those of you who are backing us on Patreon, check out the full version of this post as this month’s bonus content!

Listen Live! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 8: Jack and the Beanstalk

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:00pm ET)  for the latest addition to our series Through the Looking Glass.

Note: for this afternoon’s broadcast, Bjorn Munson, artistic director for Jabberwocky Audio Theater has an additional message for our friends and neighbors in the DC region regarding the current protests going on in DC and the rest of the country. While our stories are often meant as a respite from the real world, we’re storytellers because we want to connect with one another — and in addition to any changes we want to see happen in our community, connection and reflection are part of that. In our message, we noted that there are many resources you can go to learn and reflect more, but one that some of us are using is the online “Talking About Race” site from the Smithsonian. Stay safe. Stay connected. And keep fighting giants when you need to.

Performer: 

Tom Kramer

Crew:

Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.

Sound effects editing and final mixing by William R. Coughlan.

Post-production services provided by Tohubohu Productions, LLC

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 28:00
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains a cruel and murderous giant, a conspiratorial and duplicitous giantess, and broken necks, which arguably might be the audio theater equivalent of villains falling from a great height.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Online! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 7: Hansel and Gretel

Performer: 

Tom Kramer

Crew:

Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.

Sound effects editing and final mixing by William R. Coughlan.

Post-production services provided by Tohubohu Productions, LLC

Discussion topics:

Things you may not have thought about when you first heard the tale, but think about now.

  1. Why is the stepmother so mean-hearted? Is she just the victim of being a stepmother in a fairy tale?
  2. What are the odds Hansel’s tactic of substituting bread crumbs for the white stones are mentioned as an example of failed process improvement in business school?
  3. Since when do witches have red eyes, to say nothing of bad eyesight? Is this confirmed in other fairy tales?
  4. Where did the witch get crabs in order to give Gretel only crab shells when she’s in the middle of a forest? How do supply chains work in fairy tales anyway?

Length: 21:45
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains a fearfully evil stepmother, arguably prejudiced ideas about witches and their eyesight, and lots of candy whose cleanliness is debatable since it’s being used a building materials.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 7: Hansel and Gretel

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:00pm ET)  for the latest addition to our series Through the Looking Glass.

Performer: 

Jasmine Curry

Crew:

Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.

Sound effects editing and final mixing by William R. Coughlan.

Post-production services provided by Tohubohu Productions, LLC

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 23:28
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains a fearfully evil stepmother, arguably prejudiced ideas about witches and their eyesight, and lots of candy whose cleanliness is debatable since it’s being used a building materials.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Online! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 6: The Snow Queen, Part 2 of 2

Performer: 

Marsha Rehns

Crew:

Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.

Sound effects editing and final mixing by William R. Coughlan.

Post-production services provided by Tohubohu Productions, LLC

Director’s Notes:

As referenced in part one of “The Snow Queen,” Han Christian Andersen’s version is very different from Disney’s “Frozen,” which is in part why we love bringing you the original versions (or very close to the original).

Here you’ll hear a whole host of interesting characters and situations that give the fairy tale its own distinct flavor, even as you get many familiar themes.

~Bjorn Munson

Glossary:

  • Bengal Lights: A type of firework candle historically used for signaling flares and illumination.
  • Muff: a handwarmer, usually made of fur.
  • Sledge: Any of several types of sled that can be used to transport a person or goods (Scandinavians are often utilitarian)
  • Stockfish: a type of dried fish.
  • Window Leads: parts of a window used to hold panes of glass together actually made of lead.

Length: 26:32
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains a robbers who kill secondary characters, threaten murder of the primary characters, and mysterious aging, which we’re pretty sure is symbolic in a Joseph Campbell kind of way.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 6: The Snow Queen, Part 2 of 2

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:00pm ET)  for the latest addition to our series Through the Looking Glass.

Performer: 

Marsha Rehns

Crew:

Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.

Sound effects editing and final mixing by William R. Coughlan.

Post-production services provided by Tohubohu Productions, LLC

Director’s Notes:

As referenced in part one of “The Snow Queen,” Han Christian Andersen’s version is very different from Disney’s “Frozen,” which is in part why we love bringing you the original versions (or very close to the original).

Here you’ll hear a whole host of interesting characters and situations that give the fairy tale its own distinct flavor, even as you get many familiar themes.

~Bjorn Munson

Glossary:

  • Bengal Lights: A type of firework candle historically used for signaling flares and illumination.
  • Muff: a handwarmer, usually made of fur.
  • Sledge: Any of several types of sled that can be used to transport a person or goods (Scandinavians are often utilitarian)
  • Stockfish: a type of dried fish.
  • Window Leads: parts of a window used to hold panes of glass together actually made of lead.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 28:00
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains a robbers who kill secondary characters, threaten murder of the primary characters, and mysterious aging, which we’re pretty sure is symbolic in a Joseph Campbell kind of way.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Online! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 5: The Snow Queen, Part 1 of 2

Performer: 

Marsha Rehns

Crew:

Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.

Sound effects editing and final mixing by William R. Coughlan.

Post-production services provided by Tohubohu Productions, LLC

Director’s Notes:

We offered our company members the opportunity to read one of their favorite folk takes and Marsha Rehns, whom many of you may recall is the narrator in Quorum, was the first to come back with a suggestion: “The Snow Queen,” by Hans Christian Andersen.

Many of you may know that Disney’s “Frozen” is based on this fairy tale, but I think you’ll find this worth a listen, not only from the verve Marsha brings in the telling, but because the story is so very different. One thread that remains, however, is the connection and love between the two siblings.

~Bjorn Munson

Glossary:

  • Sledge: Any of several types of sled that can be used to transport a person or goods (Scandinavians are often utilitarian)
  • Window Leads: parts of a window used to hold panes of glass together actually made of lead.

Length: 27:25
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains a hobgoblin who’s into Olympic-level mischief, mirror shards, roses, good witches, and very chatty crows.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')