Through the Looking Glass

From “once upon a time” to before time began, enjoy an anthology of dramatic readings and other adaptations based on folklore and classic fairy tales from around the world.

“Hansel and Gretel” by the Brothers Grimm

Hansel and GretelThe classic German fairy tale of a brother, a sister, and a witch’s house in the deep, dark woods.


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Rated AD-G (Audio Drama “G”)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 as building materials.

Cast (in order of speaking)
Announcer: Kim Davenport
Tom Kramer
Recorded at an as-yet-undisclosed location in Michigan
Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde
Sound effects editing, mastering and final mixing by William R. Coughlan
Postproduction services provided by Tohubohu Productions, LLC
Additional Notes

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?

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