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a podcast of and for original musical stories for young audiences

a podcast of and for original musical stories for young audiences
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a podcast of and for original musical stories for young audiences






Season 2 Update

Season One of Winking Kat Tales is up and ready for listening, but we're not taking time to celebrate. The Winking Kat is busy getting everything ready for Season 2 and more new story episodes. Plus, we're planning interviews with storytellers, our talented actors, teachers, scientists, and more who can give us fun facts and details about the history and origins of the stories we tell.


Winking Kat Tales: The Tortoise and the Hare

This new musical adaptation of Aesop's familiar fable of "The Tortoise and the Hare", is full of new songs and fun characters. As in the original story, Hare challenges Tortoise to a race to see who is fastest. Hare, of course, is confident that he will win so he takes too much for granted and makes some bad decisions. Tortoise, with the help of her friend and coach, the Hedgehog, stays the course. As she says, 'one foot in front of the other'. By being careful, slow, and steady instead of...


Winking Kat Tales: Hercules and the Golden Apple_part 2

Purple Series (for ages 7 and up) Calliope and the other muses continue the story of "Hercules and the Golden Apple". Based on the advice from Hemmingway, the Old Man of the Sea, our hero travels to Egypt to find instructions for the next part of the journey to the Garden of Hesperides. But to get those instructions he has to ask the great Sphinx three riddles. Her riddles are never easy, but the Greek Chorus travels with him to help him out. Does he get to the Garden? Can he retrieve the...


Winking Kat Tales: Hercules and the Golden Apple_part 1

Purple Series (for ages 7 and up) Winking Kat has adapted the famous myth of "Hercules and the Golden Apple" into a fun and silly musical full of colorful characters from Greek mythology. The focus is on one of Hercules' twelve labors. Hera, wife of Zeus and always a nemesis of Hercules, constantly tries to twart Hercules' quest to fulfill his many labors needed to free his soul from guilt. She even suggests that he retrieve two golden apples from her special golden apple tree because she...


Introducing Winking Kat Tales

What is this podcast about? And what can you expect from future episodes? Here is a quick summary of the history behind the Winking Kat Tales podcast any why we decided to offer these fun and original radio plays to you.


The Underground Mouse

Green Series (for ages 5 and up) "The Underground Mouse" is an original story about a young girl, Daisy Whistlewhite, who spies a little mouse playing in the discarded papers at the Underground station in London. Soon all the waiting passengers begin watching the mouse, too. As the train approaches the station, everyone worries the mouse will not survive. For a short time all the strangers waiting for the station unite and become friends as they cheer for the little mouse.


The Day Zero Left Dodge; a musical, mathematical Western

Purple Series (for ages 7 and up) "The Day Zero Left Dodge" is an original musical adventure from the Old West. Every number in Dodge City has a value, or so it seemed. When Crazy Eight and his gang arrive and steal some of Seven's sheep, Zero volunteers to join One and his posse. One explains that it doesn't matter if Zero joins or not. Insulted and hurt, Zero leaves Dodge. Zero's absence creates chaos and more problems than you can count. One realizes the town really needs Zero, so he...


Balfour and The Magic Hat

Green Series (for ages 5 and up) Balfour and The Magic Hat is an original musical for ages 3 and up. Balfour wants to see the world and go on a journey. His Grandmother makes a special hat for him to wear. It's special because he can twist it, button it, or pull it into all kinds of different shapes. On his journey, Balfour travels to a small island. The people on the island live in three different groups on three different parts of the island. The people in each group are afraid to talk...


Charles Perrault and Mother Goose

Charles Perrault wrote "Puss 'n Boots" and versions of several other very famous fairy tales, but who was he? And why did he title his book, "Tales of Mother Goose"? In this brief overview of his life and stories, we talk about the times he lived in and how he turned old folktales into the famous stories we know today.


Puss 'n Boots adapted from the story by Charles Perrault

Purple Series (for ages 7 and up) An original, musical adaptation for young audiences by P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levitt. Based on the classic story by Charles Perrault. "Puss 'n Boots" is set in France. Philippe, the youngest son of a wealthy farmer, inherits only two things from his father - an envelope with five silver coins and a tabby cat named, Puss. Little does Philippe know that Puss is much more valuable than he seems. Puss sets out to make Philippe wealthier and...