Original musicals and musical audio plays of classic stories for all ages. Plus the stories behind the tales and famous storytellers who first shared them.
WK_Tale Behind The Tale of Mr. Popper's Penguins
The Tale Behind The Tale of Mr. Popper's Penguins
Inspiration and Penguins
Age 7 - Adult
What inspires an artist or an author to create? In the case of the authors behind the creation of the classic story Mr. Popper's Penguins inspiration happened when the family took a trip to the local movie house to see a newsreel about Admiral Byrd's trip to the Antarctic. The penguins in the film sparked Richard Atwater's imagination and the book he wrote along with his wife, Florence, has entertained children for generations since. In the first part of this episode Winking Kat describes the sometimes fun, sometimes tragic tale of how the book was written and the tenacity it took to get it published.
But are all the tricks the penguins do in the book for real? In the second half of this bonus Tale Behind The Tale episode, we interview, John Samaras, the lead zookeeper for penguins at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, to find out. You'll be surprised at how similar and talented real penguins are to Captain Cook and Mr. Popper's other penguins in the story. There are some things, however that real penguins cannot do. Which tricks do you think they are?
If you ever enjoyed reading Mr. Popper's Penguins or are just a big penguin fan, you'll enjoy this episode of Winking Kat Tales.
Thank you to Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and John Samaras for their time and help with this project. For more information about the Woodland Park Zoo visit their website at:
Woodland Park Zoo: All for Wildlife - Woodland Park Zoo Seattle WA
The Three Little Pigs
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS
Green Series (ages 3 & up)
Copyright 20201 by P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levitt
published by Winking Kat Books
Some stories have been told by almost every culture in every language for centuries. No one is really sure when The Three Little Pigs was told for the first time. Some think it might have even originated as an Aesop fable. The only thing we do know for sure was that the first printed version appeared in a book in England around 1840. Since then the story has been printed and shared around the world.
There are many different endings for this story. We've chosen one of the least brutal and most fun for this musical version of The Three Little Pigs. We've also filled the play with lots of fun songs to sing along with. We hope you will enjoy the show. Be sure to subscribe and to write and let us know your favorite part of the story or favorite song.
Narrated by P. Haines-Ainsworth with vocals by Adrian Cerrato, Arwen Dewey, Samuel Jarius Pettit, and Patricia Haines-Ainsworth. Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth. Music by Terence Alaric Levitt. Recorded at Top of the Hill Studios in Duvall, WA.
WK_ Tale Behind The Tale- Trickster Tales
TBT SERIES - Episode 2
Ages 7 to Adult
Every culture in the world has a rich tradition of telling trickster tales. The main character of these stories is not a brave hero. Instead, the main character is a clever and sometimes not-so-nice person or animal who likes deceiving the other characters or causing trouble.
Using "Puss 'n Boots" as an example of a Trickster Tale, we illustrate how it is possible to like a trickster without approving of what they do. This episode also gives a number of examples of tricksters from ancient mythology and other cultures.
We ask the question, 'Can a Trickster be a hero if they do good things even if they do bad things to accomplish their goal?'
Tale Behind the Tale Series - Introduction
Intro to The Tale Behind the Tale Series
What is the inspiration behind some of our favorite stories? Who are the storytellers that shared them with the world? Why do we love telling stories?
In this series of mini-episodes, we will play detective and find out the answers to these questions and more. This first episode is an introduction to these special bonus episodes and an invitation to ask your questions about the origin of your favorite stories and storytellers. We'll also feature some fun activities and recipes to go with our audio musical episodes.
Join us on this fun storytelling journey.
The Dancing Princess
THE DANCING PRINCESS
Red Series (ages 6 & up)
Copyright 2020 by P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levitt
published by Winking Kat Books
"The Dancing Princess" is an original story based on a folktale from Eastern Europe. It is about a princess named Yulia who loves to dance so much that she is always wearing out her shoes. She is afraid her father will be upset, so she doesn't tell him why her shoes are wearing out. Her father, King Valentine, decides to sponsor a challenge. Any young man who can find out Princess Yulia's secret within three days will win her hand in marriage and half of the kingdom. The contest is not going well. No one can stay awake long enough to discover the princess' secret until a stranger named Anatoly Padin arrives into the kingdom. He has a secret, too. It is a secret cape given to him by an old conjurer in the woods. It can make him invisible to the princess so he can follow her unseen - that is if he can stay awake long enough to see where she goes.
If this sounds familiar, this story was probably the basis for similar stories about twelve dancing princesses. Versions of that story were recorded by the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. We hope you enjoy this musical adaptation from Winking Kat.
Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth. Music by Terence Alaric Levitt. Narrated by P. Haines-Ainsworth with vocals by Adrian Cerrato, Arwen Dewey, Max Lopuszynski, David Bailey, and Patricia Haines-Ainsworth. Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth. Recorded at Top of the Hill Studios in Duvall, WA.
Blue Series (ages 5 and up)
Copyright © 2020 by P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levitt
published by Winking Kat Books
"The Nightingale" is adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's story by the same name about an Emperor and a plain Nightingale who become friends. Published in 1843, "The Nightingale" quickly became one of his most well-known stories. It is about an Emperor who is lonely and often sad. His trusted Counselor doesn't know what to do to cheer him up, when a servant tells him of a beautiful music box that would certainly make the Emperor happy. The Counselor presents the Emperor with the music box who is very pleased until he hears something even more beautiful - the song of the nightingale singing in his garden.
With the help of the same servant girl, the Counselor finds the nightingale and brings her to the Emperor to sing for him. He is unimpressed with the plan-looking bird until she begins to sing. He tells the nightingale she must stay in the palace and sing for him always, but the nightingale refuses saying she would prefer to live in the garden where she can fly freely. The Emperor doesn't trust her and, after an argument, the nightingale flies away.
The Emperor decides to go back to playing his music box, but in his anger and frustration he breaks it. He begins to cry and returns to being the lonely and desolate man he was before. The Counselor and the servant girl work together once again to see if they can mend the situation and bring about a happy ending.
"The Nightingale" Copyright © 2020 by Winking Kat Tales
Book and lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth. Music by Terence Alaric Levitt
Cast: Samuel Jarius Pettit, Adrian Cerrato, Rachel Rene Araucto, Arwen Dewey
Keyboard: Terence Levitt, Sound Engineer: Steven Bell
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