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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While You’re Listening…

…I’ll add a bit more to your podcasty day. There’s a great interview on Pendragon Variety on writing and editing and sundries with my good friend Edmund Schubert, writer and editor of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. I highly recommend it. There are some good things in here. Plus, Edmund has a GREAT speaking voice. Hearing it just…

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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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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 8

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

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 7

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 day. And, as the…

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