Show Notes: Prince Prigio

Having recently completed our production of “Prince Prigio,” we wanted to thank our Patreon subscribers by providing some additional information about the production.

“Prince Prigio” eyed for Adaptation from the Start

Besides original series like Rogue Tyger and Quorum, we knew we’d want to adapt some classic adventures for Jabberwocky Audio Theater: adventures and cliffhangers and fantastical tales being one of the general touchpoints of our productions.

So even before the idea of Through the Looking Glass took form, Bjorn knew he wanted to adapt “Prince Prigio,” since it was one of his favorite fairy tales growing up — and quite modern for being over 100 years old.

One idea was to make a full-cast audio production like our main shows, but both because of the pandemic precautions and the speed at which we needed to record, having an adaptation that was an almost straight reading of the text felt the most expedient.

As it happens, this approach of ‘a main narrator with other voices piping in’ worked very well for “Prince Prigio” and may work for other productions — though we may find a bit more adaptation will be needed (more on that below).

Creating the Script: Chapters vs. Parts

One of the first hurdles was how to break up the story for broadcast. “Prince Prigio” is over 18,000 words and we weren’t going to cut it down to fit into a single half-hour episode… or even a two-parter.

Moreover, our “half hour episodes” actually need to come in no longer than 28 minutes for radio broadcast, and of those 28 minutes, two or three should be devoted to opening and ending credits. So basically, we’re looking at about 25 minutes per episode tops.

Now one thing we’ve learned from working on Through the Looking Glass is to estimate a narrator’s speaking time. So far, it runs from about 130 words a minute to 150 words per minute, depending on factors such as the narrator’s default pace for the story, how many characters they voice, and the story action. For example, a chase scene will have a naturally more frantic pace then describing a feast.

We’ve learned to be cautious in our estimates and try for 130 words per minute. That means that “Prince Prigio” would be at least 5 parts. And to give us even more wiggle room –there might be musical transitions or sound effects to sell a scene– we were looking at a six-part series.

Meanwhile, “Prince Prigio” had 18 chapters, and a quick look at the chapters found that, like just about any chapters of a book, they’re uneven. At the 25-minute mark, we couldn’t easily end at the end of the chapter. Not only that, we couldn’t end at a chapter neatly and consistently at the 22-minute mark, the 23-minute mark, or the 24-minute mark.

So we had to make a choice of whether to follow the chapters and have episodes of wildly different lengths… or to follow our broadcast format and find a way to make the adaptation work.

Since we’re an audio production that’s broadcast on the radio in a very specific format, we decided to figure out a way to make the episodes work ending mid-chapter. Luckily, the source material provided a clue for how this could happen. The narrator, one can assume a somewhat silly avatar of author Andrew Lang himself, occasionally comments on the action of the story and his telling of it, not unlike how William Goldman talks about having to adapt the ficticious Simon “S.” Morgenstern’s Princess Bride: it’s all another droll layer to the meta fairy tale.

The trick then became to “hang a lantern” on the fact that the episodes were not ending neatly at the end of chapters in most cases, and have our fictitious narrator get rather fussy about it. We’re biased, but we think this adds a fun dimension to the production.

The rest of the show notes are available to our Patreon Subscribers.

Casting the Parts

Getting the Recordings and Editing

Generating Production Estimates for the Future

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Listen Online! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 16: Prince Prigio, part 6 of 6

We’re pleased as punch to present the sixth and final part of our six-part story for Through the Looking Glass featuring voices from across the company.

Need to catch up? Here’s Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4, and Part 5.

Cast: 

Announcer: Kim Davenport
Narrator: Bjorn Munson
Prince Prigio: Nick DePinto
King Grognio: Kevin Murray
Family Executioner: William R. Coughlan
Lady Molinda: Aimee Thibert
Lady Rosalind: Tara Garwood
Frank the Cat: Bjorn Munson
Prince Alphonso: Mike Bernal
Prince Enrico: Francis Abbey
Knights: Francis Abbey, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Bjorn Munson, Kevin Murray, Brooks Tegler, Joel Snyder
Lady Kathleena: Elizabeth Farrington
The Queen: Mary Lechter
Courtiers: Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Tara Garwood, Bjorn Munson, Brooks Tegler

Crew:

Recorded at Tulgey Wood Studios in Deepest Springfield, Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia, and other locations in Virginia, DC, and Maryland… including Hyattsville.

Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.

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

Post-production services provided by Tohubohu Productions, LLC

Length: 27:12
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains harumphs, tears, laugher, and fairy-tale style (vs. Lovecraft style) reanimation, which makes the death of a pet more palatable.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 16: Prince Prigio, part 6 of 6

We’re going to post this early just in case you want to binge-listen before the finale, but at 4pm ET, we’ll be broadcasting the mini-series finale of “Prince Prigio,” our six-part story for Through the Looking Glass featuring voices from across the company.

Need to catch up? Here’s Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4, and Part 5.

Cast: 

Announcer: Kim Davenport
Narrator: Bjorn Munson
Prince Prigio: Nick DePinto
King Grognio: Kevin Murray
Family Executioner: William R. Coughlan
Lady Molinda: Aimee Thibert
Lady Rosalind: Tara Garwood
Frank the Cat: Bjorn Munson
Prince Alphonso: Mike Bernal
Prince Enrico: Francis Abbey
Knights: Francis Abbey, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Bjorn Munson, Kevin Murray, Brooks Tegler, Joel Snyder
Lady Kathleena: Elizabeth Farrington
The Queen: Mary Lechter
Courtiers: Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Tara Garwood, Bjorn Munson, Brooks Tegler

Crew:

Recorded at Tulgey Wood Studios in Deepest Springfield, Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia, and other locations in Virginia, DC, and Maryland… including Hyattsville.

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 harumphs, tears, laugher, and fairy-tale style (vs. Lovecraft style) reanimation, which makes the death of a pet more palatable.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Online! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 15: Prince Prigio, part 5 of 6

Continue with the fifth and penultimate part of “Prince Prigio” our special multi-part, multi-voice fairy tale (that comments on fairy tales) for “Through the Looking Glass,” performed by Bjorn Munson and the JAT Players.

Catching up? Listen to Part 1Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

Cast: 

Announcer: Kim Davenport
Narrator: Bjorn Munson
Benson: Brooks Tegler
Ambassador Kelso: Joel Snyder
Prince Prigio: Nick DePinto
King Grognio: Kevin Murray
Courtiers: Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Tara Garwood, Bjorn Munson, Brooks Tegler
Lady Molinda: Aimee Thibert
Family Executioner: William R. Coughlan

Crew:

Recorded at Tulgey Wood Studios in Deepest Springfield, Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia, and other locations in Virginia, DC, and Maryland… including Hyattsville.

Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.

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

Post-production services provided by Tohubohu Productions, LLC

Length: 26:07
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains legal proceedings, people trying to better themselves, and several death threats to several different people.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 15: Prince Prigio, part 5 of 6

Join us right about now (at 4pm ET) and continue the adventure of “Prince Prigio,” our six-part story for Through the Looking Glass featuring voices from across the company.

Cast: 

Announcer: Kim Davenport
Narrator: Bjorn Munson
Benson: Brooks Tegler
Ambassador Kelso: Joel Snyder
Prince Prigio: Nick DePinto
King Grognio: Kevin Murray
Courtiers: Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Tara Garwood, Bjorn Munson, Brooks Tegler
Lady Molinda: Aimee Thibert
Family Executioner: William R. Coughlan

Crew:

Recorded at Tulgey Wood Studios in Deepest Springfield, Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia, and other locations in Virginia, DC, and Maryland… including Hyattsville.

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 legal proceedings, people trying to better themselves, and several death threats to several different people.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Online! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 14: Prince Prigio, part 4 of 6

Catching up? Listen to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Cast: 

Announcer: Kim Davenport
Narrator: Bjorn Munson
Prince Prigio: Nick DePinto
The Remora: Aimee Thibert
The Firedrake: Joel Snyder
Benson: Brooks Tegler
Lady Rosalind: Tara Garwood
Ambassador Kelso: Joel Snyder
King Grognio: Kevin Murray
William: William R. Coughlan

Crew:

Recorded at Tulgey Wood Studios in Deepest Springfield, Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia, and other locations in Virginia, DC, and Maryland… including Hyattsville.

Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.

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

Post-production services provided by Tohubohu Productions, LLC

Length: 27:29
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains monstrous fights resulting in fairy tale-related deaths, charges of treason, and diplomatic complications.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 14: Prince Prigio, part 4 of 6

Join us right about now (at 4pm ET) and continue the adventure of “Prince Prigio,” our six-part story for Through the Looking Glass featuring voices from across the company.

Cast: 

Announcer: Kim Davenport
Narrator: Bjorn Munson
Prince Prigio: Nick DePinto
The Remora: Aimee Thibert
The Firedrake: Joel Snyder
Benson: Brooks Tegler
Lady Rosalind: Tara Garwood
Ambassador Kelso: Joel Snyder
King Grognio: Kevin Murray
William: William R. Coughlan

Crew:

Recorded at Tulgey Wood Studios in Deepest Springfield, Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia, and other locations in Virginia, DC, and Maryland… including Hyattsville.

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: 27:59
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains monstrous fights resulting in fairy tale-related deaths, charges of treason, and diplomatic complications .

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 13: Prince Prigio, part 3 of 6

Join us right about now (at 4pm ET) and continue the adventure of “Prince Prigio,” our six-part story for Through the Looking Glass featuring voices from across the company.

Cast: 

Announcer: Kim Davenport
Narrator: Bjorn Munson
King Grognio: Kevin Murray
Prince Alphonso: Mike Bernal
Courtiers: Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Tara Garwood, Bjorn Munson, Brooks Tegler
Prince Prigio: Nick DePinto
Everyone: Francis Abbey, Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Bjorn Munson, Brooks Tegler, Joel Snyder
Lady Rosalind: Tara Garwood
Old Lady: Aimee Thibert
The Queen: Mary Lechter
Musicians: Elizabeth Farrington, Brooks Tegler
The Firedrake: Joel Snyder
The Remora: Aimee Thibert

Crew:

Recorded at Tulgey Wood Studios in Deepest Springfield, Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia, and other locations in Virginia, DC, and Maryland… including Hyattsville.

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: 27:59
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains mean-spirited comments, the power of love (sans Huey Lewis), magic objects, monsters, and an eagle cut down before its time .

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Online! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 13: Prince Prigio, part 3 of 6

Cast: 

Announcer: Kim Davenport
Narrator: Bjorn Munson
King Grognio: Kevin Murray
Prince Alphonso: Mike Bernal
Courtiers: Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Tara Garwood, Bjorn Munson, Brooks Tegler
Prince Prigio: Nick DePinto
Everyone: Francis Abbey, Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Bjorn Munson, Brooks Tegler, Joel Snyder
Lady Rosalind: Tara Garwood
Old Lady: Aimee Thibert
The Queen: Mary Lechter
Musicians: Elizabeth Farrington, Brooks Tegler
The Firedrake: Joel Snyder
The Remora: Aimee Thibert

Crew:

Recorded at Tulgey Wood Studios in Deepest Springfield, Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia, and other locations in Virginia, DC, and Maryland… including Hyattsville.

Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.

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

Post-production services provided by Tohubohu Productions, LLC

Length: 29:43
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains mean-spirited comments, the power of love (sans Huey Lewis), magic objects, monsters, and an eagle cut down before its time .

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 13: Prince Prigio, part 3 of 6

Join us right about now (at 4pm ET) and continue the adventure of “Prince Prigio,” our six-part story for Through the Looking Glass featuring voices from across the company.

Cast: 

Announcer: Kim Davenport
Narrator: Bjorn Munson
King Grognio: Kevin Murray
Prince Alphonso: Mike Bernal
Courtiers: Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Tara Garwood, Bjorn Munson, Brooks Tegler
Prince Prigio: Nick DePinto
Everyone: Francis Abbey, Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Bjorn Munson, Brooks Tegler, Joel Snyder
Lady Rosalind: Tara Garwood
Old Lady: Aimee Thibert
The Queen: Mary Lechter
Musicians: Elizabeth Farrington, Brooks Tegler
The Firedrake: Joel Snyder
The Remora: Aimee Thibert

Crew:

Recorded at Tulgey Wood Studios in Deepest Springfield, Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia, and other locations in Virginia, DC, and Maryland… including Hyattsville.

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: 27:59
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains mean-spirited comments, the power of love (sans Huey Lewis), magic objects, monsters, and an eagle cut down before its time .

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')