Listen Online! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 11: Prince Prigio, part 1 of 6

Dive in to the first part of a new six-part story for Through the Looking Glass featuring voices from across the company.

Cast: 

Announcer: Kim Davenport
Narrator: Bjorn Munson
Prince of Old: Francis Abbey
Dragon: Tara Garwood
Courtiers: Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Tara Garwood, Bjorn Munson, Brooks Tegler
King Grognio: Kevin Murray
The Queen: Mary Lechter
The Last Fairy of All: Elizabeth Farrington
Prince Prigio: Nick DePinto
All the World: Francis Abbey, Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Tara Garwood, Bjorn Munson, Joel Snyder, 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: 27:39
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains dragons, firedrakes, and mention of how impolitic the Crusades were. Really nothing offensive, except for grownups who take things too seriously.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 11: Prince Prigio, part 1 of 6

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:00pm ET)  for a new six-part story of Through the Looking Glass featuring voices from across the company.

Cast: 

Announcer: Kim Davenport
Narrator: Bjorn Munson
Prince of Old: Francis Abbey
Dragon: Tara Garwood
Courtiers: Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Tara Garwood, Bjorn Munson, Brooks Tegler
King Grognio: Kevin Murray
The Queen: Mary Lechter
The Last Fairy of All: Elizabeth Farrington
Prince Prigio: Nick DePinto
All the World: Francis Abbey, Mike Bernal, William R. Coughlan, Kim Davenport, Elizabeth Farrington, Tara Garwood, Bjorn Munson, Joel Snyder, Brooks Tegler

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: 27:59
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains dragons, firedrakes, and mention of how impolitic the Crusades were. Really nothing offensive, except for grownups who take things too seriously.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Online! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 10: Two Shoemaker Tales

Stories: 

“The Elves and the Shoemaker”
by the Brothers Grimm, from their collection Kinder und Hausmärchen (1812)
translated by Edgar Taylor and Marian Edwardes (1823)
performed by Kim Davenport.

“The Cunning Shoemaker”
A tale from Sicily
Included in Andrew Lang’s collection The Pink Fairy Book (1897)
performed by 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: 22:44
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains nought but whimsy in the first tale (okay, that and some nakedness), but does contain some death in the second one… but it does happen to bad people and is quite in line with fairy tale karma.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 10: Two Shoemaker Tales

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

Stories: 

“The Elves and the Shoemaker”
by the Brothers Grimm, from their collection Kinder und Hausmärchen (1812)
translated by Edgar Taylor and Marian Edwardes (1823)
performed by Kim Davenport.

“The Cunning Shoemaker”
A tale from Sicily
Included in Andrew Lang’s collection The Pink Fairy Book (1897)
performed by 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: 23:44
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains nought but whimsy in the first tale (okay, that and some nakedness), but does contain some death in the second one… but it does happen to bad people and is quite in line with fairy tale karma.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Online! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 9: Cinderella

Performer: 

Jasmine Curry

Crew:

Recorded at the Room of Requirement

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

  1. At what point do you think you would Kirk out and just give a flying leg kick to the stepsisters?
  2. Did you know that rats can have beards? How does this change your worldview?
  3. How does the villainy of the stepmother and stepsisters in this tale compare to the Disney animated version? How much does the villainous cat add to the animated version?

Length: 22:55
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains thoughtless stepsisters and a rather cavalier attitude towards transmogrifying rodentia to be used as servants, but other than that, it’s pretty untroubling.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Through The Looking Glass – Episode 9: Cinderella

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:

Recorded at the Room of Requirement

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!

Discussion Topics

  1. At what point do you think you would Kirk out and just give a flying leg kick to the stepsisters?
  2. Did you know that rats can have beards? How does this change your worldview?
  3. How does the villainy of the stepmother and stepsisters in this tale compare to the Disney animated version? How much does the villainous cat add to the animated version?

Length: 22:55
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains thoughtless stepsisters and a rather cavalier attitude towards transmogrifying rodentia to be used as servants, but other than that, it’s pretty untroubling.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

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')