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Original musicals and musical adaptations of classic stories for all ages.
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The Nightingale

The Nightingale

2020-11-1553:26

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 TalesBook and lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music by Terence Alaric LevittCast: Samuel Jarius Pettit, Adrian Cerrato, Rachel Rene Araucto, Arwen DeweyKeyboard: Terence Levitt,  Sound Engineer: Steven BellFor fun details about this recording and the cast, visit: winkingkattales.com.Let us know if you enjoyed this musical podcast.  If you have any comments or drawings of the characters you'd like to share, post them on Facebook and tag us (@WinkingKatTales or message us on Twitter.  We'd love to see them. Tags: #winkingkattales #childrensmusica l#originalsongs #radioplay
Winking Kat turns Two

Winking Kat turns Two

2020-10-2102:38

October 2020 marks the beginning of a second year of creating new musical stories for you.  We're excited to tell you about some of the stories, videos, and activities we have planned.
Treasure Island

Treasure Island

2020-09-0553:24

Purple Series (ages 7 and up)Copyright © 2020 by P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levittpublished by Winking Kat BooksTreacherous pirates, buried treasure, and a mysterious island have helped make Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure novel, "Treasure Island", one of the most re-told stories of all time.  In our Winking Kat adaptation of this wonderful story, we've added some humor and several fun songs while keeping the mystery, colorful characters, and adventure of the original novel.  And, of course, we couldn't leave out ol' Ben Gunn's love of melted cheese on toast.  So we invite you to join Jim Hawkins on his amazing voyage aboard the Hispaniola to Skeleton Island in the heart of the Caribbean Sea.  All aboard for adventure.Book and lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music by Terence Alaric LevittCast: Sanjaya Haritsa, David Bailey, Adrian Cerrato, Max Lopuszynski, Tristan Carruthers, Daniel Stoltenberg,  Tyler Miller, Danny Miller, Daniel Cords,  Patricia Haines-Ainsworth.Keyboard: Terence Levitt,  Violin: Teresa Jorgenson, Sound Engineer: Steven BellFor fun details about this recording and the cast, visit: www.winkingkatbooks.com.Let us know if you enjoyed this musical podcast.  If you have any comments or drawings of the characters you'd like to share, post them on Facebook and tag us (@WinkingKatTales or message us on Twitter.  We'd love to see them. 
Red Series (ages 6 and up)copyright © 2019 by P. Haines-Ainsworth & Terence Alaric Levitt    published by Winking Kat BooksWinking Kat presents a new, musical adaptation of the familiar tale of "Cinderella".  We've chosen Charles Perrault's sweet, romantic version of the story written in the late 1600's.  It is set in France and has new songs and fun characters (and a little less gore than the Grimm Brothers' version of the story).  Seven fresh new songs make this version something fun and special. Be sure to listen to the beginning chapter of this episode.  We have a brief history of this very old tale of a kind, young woman who overcomes hardship and her shyness to pursue her dream of attending a royal ball.  She finally stands up for herself and what she wants, and wins the heart of the prince in the process.Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music by Terence Alaric Levitt.  Narrated by P. Haines-Ainsworth with vocals by Morgan Dietkus, Nick Edmondson, Mary Hould, Jenna Jordan, Katie Moya, Kyla Roberts, and Samantha Victor.
GREEN SERIES (ages 4 & up)Copyright © 2020 by P. Haines-Ainsworth & Terence Alaric Levittproduced by Winking Kat BooksThis episode is the last in a series of several episodes that featured tales adapted from Aesop's fables.  In this fifth episode, we feature the fables of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "The Dog and His Bone".  "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" is the story of a shepherd boy, named Jacob, who wants to play a practical joke on his neighbors.  Twice he calls to them saying there is a wolf in the meadow and asking them for help.  There is no wolf and the townspeople are angry.   When a wolf does appear in the meadow, Jacob calls for help again.  This time no one believes him. He doesn't realize that the townspeople have their own trick that they have planned to play on the shepherd boy."The Dog and His Bone" is a musical adaptation about a dog that becomes jealous of his own reflection.  It is one of our favorite fables from Aesop's collection.Winking Kat Tales has produced two other episodes with collected fables from Aesop plus two individual episodes, "The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse" and "The Tortoise and The Hare".  We hope you enjoy listening to this special series of tales attributed to the ancient Greek storyteller, Aesop.
Like many of you we've been stuck inside for the last few months.  But that doesn't mean we haven't been busy.  We wanted to give you a brief update of what is happening here at Winking Kat.  We're having to adjust and do some things in different ways, but we've been working on new stories and songs to bring to you soon.  Check it out.
Blue Series (ages 5 and up)Copyright © 2020 by P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levitt    published by Winking Kat Books"The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse" is a new musical adaptation of the familiar fable by the famous Greek storyteller, Aesop.  It is the story of a city mouse, Maria, who is bored with her day to day life.  She invites her cousin, Marta, who lives in the country to come to visit.  Marta finds the city life too noisy and hectic.  She tells Maria to come back to the country with her to see why the country is so restful.  Between the weasels and the owl, Ernesto, Maria doesn't find the country life very restful at all.  In the end, both cousins learn to appreciate what they have in their own back yards.  Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music by Terence Alaric Levitt.Cast includes:  Adrian Cerrato, Arwen Dewey, Ellen Dessler Smith, Danny Miller, Samuel Jarius Petit, & Pat Haines-AinsworthFor fun details about this recording and the cast, visit: www.winkingkatbooks.com.Let us know if you enjoyed this musical podcast.  If you have any comments or drawings of the characters you'd like to share, post them on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag#winkingkattales.  We'd love to see them
Green Series (ages 4 & up)Copyright © 2018 by P. Haines-Ainsworth & Terence Alaric Levitt    published by Winking Kat BooksThe Lion & The Mouse is the first of three episodes dedicated to the fables of the Greek storyteller, Aesop.  Winking Kat has adapted this familiar fable into a short, musical, presentation for young audiences.  The story is about a lion who reluctantly makes friends with a little mouse.  The mouse, Tillie, promises that their friendship might be important someday, but Leonard, the lion, doesn't believe her.  When Leonard suddenly finds himself snared in a trap, Tessie steps in to help him as only she can.  Cast:  Danny Miller, Jen Makenas, Jenna Jordan, Kyla Roberts, Patricia Haines-Ainsworth.  Piano: Terry Levitt.
Season 2 Update

Season 2 Update

2020-01-1201:17

Season One of Winking Kat Tales is up and ready for listening, but we're not taking timeto 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.
Green Series (ages 4 and up)copyright © 2019 by P. Haines-Ainsworth & Terence Alaric Levitt    published by Winking Kat BooksThis 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 overconfident and impulsive, Tortoise wins the race.  This podcast musical is intended for audiences age 3 to adult.  Cast includes: Adrian Cerrato as Hare, Patricia Haines as Tortoise, Arwen Dewey as Hedgehog, and David Bailey as the Sun and Aesop.  Composer Terence Alaric Levitt is on Keyboard.  Music and Lyrics for this adaptation by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  For fun details about this recording and the cast, visit: www.winkingkatbooks.com.Let us know if you enjoyed this musical podcast.  If you have any comments or drawings of the characters you'd like to share, post them on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag#winkingkattales.  We'd love to see them.  
Purple Series (for ages 7 and up)copyright © 2019  by P. Haines-Ainsworth & Terence Alaric Levitt  published by Winking Kat BooksCalliope 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 apples?  What does he do about Hera's hundred-headed dragon?  You'll have to listen to find out.Original book and lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music by Terence Alaric LevittCast: Jennifer Makenas, Adrian Cerrato, Arwen Dewey, Daniel Stoltenberg, Max Lopuszynski, David Bailey, Patricia Haines-Ainsworth. For fun details about this recording and the cast, visit: www.winkingkatbooks.com.Let us know if you enjoyed this musical podcast.  If you have any comments or drawings of the characters you'd like to share, post them on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag#winkingkattales.  We'd love to see them. 
Purple Series (for ages 7 and up)copyright © 2019 by P. Haines-Ainsworth & Terence Alaric Levitt    published by Winking Kat BooksWinking 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 thwart 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 believes Hercules will never be up to the task and will fail.  But with help from his half-sister, Athena, the nymphs, and the Greek chorus, our hero might just succeed.Original book and lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music by Terence Alaric LevittCast: Jennifer Makenas, Adrian Cerrato, Arwen Dewey, Daniel Stoltenberg, Max Lopuszynski, David Bailey, Patricia Haines-Ainsworth. For fun details about this recording and the cast, visit: www.winkingkatbooks.com.Let us know if you enjoyed this musical podcast.  If you have any comments or drawings of the characters you'd like to share, post them on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag#winkingkattales.  We'd love to see them. 
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.
Green Series (for ages 5 and up)copyright © P. Haines-Ainsworth"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.For fun details about this recording and the cast, visit: www.winkingkatbooks.com.Let us know if you enjoyed this podcast.  If you have any comments or drawings of the characters you'd like to share, post them on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag#winkingkattales.  We'd love to see them. 
Purple Series (for ages 7 and up)copyright © 2019 by P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levitt    published by Winking Kat Books"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 goes out to find her and bring her back to Dodge.Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth; Music by Terence Alaric LevittCast: Jennifer Makenas, Adrian Cerrato, Arwen Dewey, Tristan Carruthers, Danny Miller, Patricia Haines-AinsworthFor fun details about this recording and the cast, visit: www.winkingkatbooks.com.Let us know if you enjoyed this musical podcast.  If you have any comments or drawings of the characters you'd like to share, post them on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag#winkingkattales.  We'd love to see them. 
Green Series (ages 4 and up)copyright © 2018 by P. Haines-Ainsworth & Terence Alaric Levitt     published by Winking Kat BooksBalfour 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 anyone from another group.  They know someone belongs to a different group because each group wear a special kind of hat.  Innocently, Balfour changes his magic hat to fit the weather and surroundings on the different parts of the island he visits.  As he travels across the island the shape of his magic hat coincidentally matches the hats belonging to the different groups.  Because his hat looks like theirs, the island people aren't afraid to talk with him and he makes friends with people from each group.  As he talks with his new friends on the island, Balfour finds they all have a lot in common in spite of the strange ideas they have about the people who don't belong to their group.  He finally gets his new friends to meet and talk with each other.  The meeting is not going well, when suddenly something happens to Balfour's magic hat that makes the islanders come together to help Balfour. Book and lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth with music by Terence Alaric Levitt.  Cast: Jennifer Makenas, Adrian Cerrato, Tristan Carruthers, Danny Miller, Patricia Haines-Ainsworth. For fun details about this recording and the cast, visit: www.winkingkatbooks.com.Let us know if you enjoyed this musical podcast.  If you have any comments or drawings of the characters you'd like to share, post them on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag#winkingkattales.  We'd love to see them. 
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.
Purple Series (for ages 7 and up)copyright©2019 by P. Haines-Ainsworth & Terence Alaric LevittAn 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 happier than the boy's wildest dreams, but the cat will have to use all his cleverness to succeed.  (Cast includes: Adrian Cerrato as Philippe; Laura McFarlane as Puss; David Bailey as Msr Pompeux, the lawyer, and Olivier, the ogre; Jennifer Makenas as Princess Anne; Ellen Dessler Smith as the mayor and Theo, the ogre's servant; Tristan Carruthers as the tailor and Georges, the ogre's servant; and Patricia Haines-Ainsworth as Queen Claudia). For fun details about this recording and the cast, visit: www.winkingkatbooks.com.Let us know if you enjoyed this musical podcast.  If you have any comments or drawings of the characters you'd like to share, post them on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag#winkingkattales.  We'd love to see them. 
Green Series: Ages 4 and UpCopyright © 2018 by P. Haines-Ainsworth & Terence Alaric LevittProduced by Winking Kat Books 2020This episode is the second in our series of short musical adaptation of popular Aesop Fables.  This episode features two fun tales, "The Sun, The North Wind, & The Man"  and "The Crows & The Pitcher".  "The Sun, The North Wind, & The Man" tells about a contest long ago between the Sun and the cold and blustery North Wind.  The North Wind bet the Sun that he was stronger and more powerful.  When they saw a man in a field below them, the North Wind bet the Sun that he could make the man lose his coat and hat.  He tried to force the coat off the man by bullying the poor shepherd by blowing his cold winds at the man.  The Sun, instead sent her warm rays down upon the man.  Which one do you think makes the man lose his coat?"The Crows & The Pitcher" is an adaptation of the fable of the clever crow who uses his ingenuity to get water from deep inside a pitcher on a hot and sunny day.  It's not easy because the water is at the very bottom of the pitcher.  But the crow uses a little science to help himself and his thirsty friends to the cool water.Book & Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth   Music by Terence Alaric LevittCast: Patricia Haines-Ainsworth, Danny Miller, Adrian Cerrato, Jenna Jordan, Kyla Roberts.Piano: Terence Alaric Levitt
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