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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre

Princess Alethea Reads “Tatterhood” – Thursday, November 10, 2016

In honor of the completion of my makeshift in-home audio recording booth–and the fact that we all need a little light in the darkness today–I have recorded a fairy tale for you all to enjoy. This one is dedicated to my dearest fairykin Shveta Thakrar, who suggested “Tatterhood,” a Norwegian fairy tale I was unfamiliar […]

Princess Alethea Reads “The Three Little Birds” – Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Here it is, folks — the first milestone goal, as promised! I sequestered myself in my parents’ closet and turned the AC off (true love, because it is GROSS HOT in FL right now) to record a new Grimms’ fairy tale for you! This was a LOT of fun…and reminded me just how rusty my […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 25 – Saturday, March 29, 2014

Episode 25: “The Marvelous Minstrel” The Marvelous Minstrel…or perhaps the PSYCHOPATH MINSTREL, because seriously…this guy is a jerk. The ASPCA would *not* approve. And, quite frankly, neither do I. Check out Princess Alethea’s Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 24 – Saturday, February 8, 2014

Episode 24: “The Companionship of the Cat and The Mouse”   A fairy tale in which…well…cats will be cats and mice will be mice, and that’s just the way of the world. Check out Princess Alethea’s Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 23 – Friday, May 11, 2012

Episode 23: “The Foundling” This fairy tale (also known as “Fundevogel”) is the basis for the origin of Trix Woodcutter’s character in Enchanted. If you prefer to listen on YouTube you can here, courtesy of The Book Rat: Also, be sure to check out Princess Alethea’s YouTube Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

A Very Special Video – Monday, May 7, 2012

When you’re done watching this exclusive excerpt of Enchanted on YouTube today, click over to the TotallyBooksessed (and totally cute) Gabrielle as she reads “The Twelve Apostles” by the Brothers Grimm for Fairy Tale Fortnight. It’s a short tale that I haven’t done yet for Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre, but Gabrielle does a lovely […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 22 – Thursday, October 20, 2011

Episode 22: “Tom Thumb” (13:47) Here’s a treat after last week — the infamous tale of tiny hero Tom Thumb. This tale is his origin story and only some of his adventures — the tale is continued in “Tom Thumb’s Travels,” which is a separate piece. I had a lot of fun with the voices […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 21 – Thursday, October 13, 2011

Episode 21: “The Golden Key” (1:16) This should hardly qualify as an episode of the podcast, as the tale of The Golden Key is little over a minute long. The tale itself is just as disappointing…with sort of a “Lady and the Tiger” ending. It makes me wonder why the Grimm Brothers would have included […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 20 – Thursday, August 11, 2011

Episode 20: “Mother Hulda” (7:18) Mother Hulda, or Frau Holle, is possibly the goddess of Hell, a goddess of marriage, and/or goddess of the weather. Prompted by a footnote in my book, I looked up Mother Hulde on Wikipedia: The legend itself, as it was eventually passed to the Grimm Brothers, originates from oral traditions […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 19 – Thursday, August 4, 2011

Episode 19: “The Three Spinners” (6:11) I’d almost say this tale was a retelling, if I hadn’t read it from The Brothers Grimm with my own eyes. “The Three Spinners” is a…well..spin on “Rumplestiltskin,” starring a girl as clever as she is lazy. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I have a feeling that […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 18 – Thursday, June 30, 2011

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 […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 17 – Thursday, June 23, 2011

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 […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 16 – Thursday, June 16, 2011

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 […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 15 – Thursday, May 19, 2011

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.  

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 14 – Thursday, May 12, 2011

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 […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 13 – Friday, April 29, 2011

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!  

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 12 – Thursday, April 21, 2011

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

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 11 – Thursday, April 14, 2011

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 […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 10 – Saturday, April 9, 2011

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 […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 9 – Thursday, March 31, 2011

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 […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 8 – Friday, March 25, 2011

Episode 8: “The Nail” (1:40) The moral of this story is: “Make Haste Slowly.” Also, don’t be a jerk.  

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 7 – Thursday, March 17, 2011

Episode 7: “Rumplestiltskin” (6:30) Lucky Number Seven and St. Patrick’s Day can only mean one thing: today’s the day for our favorite little fairy tale elf, Rumplestiltskin. For once, the original version of this tale is pretty much the version everyone knows. I have, however, given Rumpy a bit of brogue in honor of the […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 6 – Thursday, March 10, 2011

Episode 6: “Rapunzel” (8:20) In which the prince is blinded, Rapunzel gets knocked up, and the tears of true love save the day. “Rampion” is indeed another word for rapunzel. It is a flowering plant native to Europe and western Asia. Its flowers are usually purple, but can also appear blue, white, or pink. The […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 5 – Thursday, March 3, 2011

Episode 5: “The Frog Prince” (8:23) If you don’t know who Faithful Henry is, then you’ve never heard the original Grimms’ version of “The Frog Prince.” In this tale there are about 724 instances of the word “and.” There is also little explanation of how the prince came to be a frog, or why he […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 4 – Thursday, February 24, 2011

Episode 4: “The Giant and The Tailor” (4:42) One of the less-popular Giant Tales, those of you with difficult employers will definitely appreciate this one. It also illustrates one of my favorite writing quotes from author James Maxey: “Swagger when you lie.”  

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 3 – Thursday, February 17, 2011

Episode 3: “Sweet Porridge” (1:34) The moral of this story is that you should always read the instructions first. Especially when dealing with an Enchanted Object. Hope you’re hungry! Check out Princess Alethea’s YouTube Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 2 – Thursday, February 10, 2011

Episode 2: “Sharing Joys and Sorrows” (2:30) This is a great anti-Valentine’s Day tale about a tailor who’s a complete jerk to his wife. I imagine if the Grimms had email in their day, this would be one of those humorous tales that got forwarded to all their coworkers. The only change I would make […]

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 1 – Thursday, February 3, 2011

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 1 “The Fox and the Geese”