Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 18

Episode 18: “Sweetheart Roland” (8:58) Imagine, after escaping from certain death and all you had been through together, that your sweetheart leaves you for another woman. At the end of the story it sounds like Roland had been put under a spell by this woman, but I didn’t really get that while I was reading it. See what you…

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 17

Episode 17: “The White Snake” (9:35) Whenever I read this type of story I always wonder who it was that first ate a white snake and realized he could suddenly hear animals speak. For that matter, I would love to see a fairy tale version of Chopped. “In your entree basket: “Whole duck, leg of Horse, White Snake, and…

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 16

Episode 16: “The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean” (3:07) This little tale reminds us that busting a gut while laughing is a time-honored tradition. It also tells us why all beans have black seams. I must say, though…I have never felt bad for a bean in my entire life. That must have been one very unique tailor.  …

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 15

Episode 15: “The Little Folks’ Presents” (5:41) Yet another cautionary tale about the dangers of greed. You know, I really wish karma worked this well and this swiftly in real life.  

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 14

Episode 14: “Cinderella” (16:20) I meant to post this famous fairy tale last week for Mother’s Day. Of all the fairy tales, I feel this one most epitomizes a mother’s love for her daughter. (If it hadn’t been for those angelic pigeons, Cinderella would have been royally screwed.) Upon reading it again, I noted two things: 1.) Cinderella is…

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 13

Episode 13: “Old Rinkrank” (4:47) Since I had Kassidy and Ariell with me for Take Your Princess-in-Training to Work Day, they joined me for this particular fairy tale podcast. We had a great time, so they might be joining me for podcasts in the future…watch for it!  

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 12

Episode 12: “Clever Gretel” (5:22) If you’re ever in the market for a peaceful servant, never hire a woman wearing red heels. Watch Princess Alethea’s Rant about this fairy tale here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2yl-Vby7Ts

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 11

Episode 11: “Fitcher’s Bird” (8:07) Known also as “Fitcher’s Brides” and “Bluebeard,” this is the infamous fairy tale about a serial killer. Fair warning: the story does contain scenes where maidens are hacked to bloody pieces. But worry not, for everything turns out okay in the end…if mass-murderous revenge is your idea of “okay.” What lessons do we take…

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 10

Episode 10: “The Crumbs on the Table” (1:18) This tale is far more like one of Aesop’s Fables than a traditional fairy tale…if Aesop’s Fables were about jerks who hated puppies and played tricks on innocents. PETA would have had a field day with this guy. Moral of the story? Be smart. And trust no one.  

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 9

Episode 9: “The Old Woman in the Wood” (5:27) This is a really fabulous tale–it’s a wonder why it’s not more popular. It’s got all the great elements: a stranded serving girl, murdering thieves, benevolent wild birds with keys, trees full of food and clothes and beds, and an old witch that the serving girl must defeat by following…

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