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Winking Kat Tales

Winking Kat

Original musical audio plays and adaptations of classic stories for all ages. Each episode features a new story.

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Winking Kat turns Two
Oct 21 2020
2 mins
The Legend of Robin Hood
Mar 14 2022
49 mins
The Musicians of Bremen
GREEN SERIES (ages 4 & up)Copyright © 2021 by P. Haines-Ainsworth & Terence Alaric Levittproduced by Winking Kat BooksThe Musicians of Bremen  is a musical re-telling of the familiar story from Germany about a group of 'retired' animals who must find a new purpose in life.  Ida the donkey, Schnookie the Cat, and Red the Rooster have all been dismissed by their owners because they've grown too old to do the job they spent their lives doing.  They each search for a new purpose to find something they can do in spite of the physical restrictions age has handed them.  They find joy and camaraderie in making music together.  But that opportunity is threatened by a selfish and frightened thief who has taken over Red's house.  The friends work together to get Red's house back and even make a new, unexpected friend in the process. The book and lyrics for The Musicians of Bremen  were written by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music composed by Terence Alaric Levitt.  Characters voiced by:  Adrian Cerrato, Arwen Dewey, Harry Turpin, and Pat Haines-Ainsworth.  This episode was recorded at Top of the Hill Studios in Duvall, WA (sound engineer, Steven Bell)VISIT OUR COMPANION BLOG FOR FUN BEHIND THE SCENES, RECIPES, AND BACKGROUND INFO:The Tale Behind The Tale : the history and inspiration behind your favorite Winking Kat storiesTO FIND MORE AUDIO STORY EPISODES AND GENERAL INFO, CLICK ON THIS LINK:WINKINGKATTALES.COMWinking Kat Tales is a proud member of the Dramafy Audio Play (dramafy.com)  network.
Nov 11 2021
43 mins
Does It Ever Snow in New Orleans & Season 3 UpdateThe Scarecrow
THE SCARECROWRed Series (ages 7 & up)Copyright 2020 by  P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levittpublished by Winking Kat Books"The  Scarecrow" is a new musical adaptation of a short story by the popular American author, Washington Irving.  Like many of Washington Irving's stories, the Scarecrow is set in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains at the beginning of the 19th Century.  The main character  is a scarecrow constructed by the Widow DeWitt to help keep her company during her lonely exile.  She was kicked out of her home town of Delpton by the pompous mayor and his selfish and spoiled daughter, Susannah.  With the help of a magic pipe given to the Widow by the little ghosts of the mountains (think the little men of the hills from Rip Van Winkle), the Scarecrow comes to life.  The Widow sends the Scarecrow to Delpton as part of her plan to return to her home.   The mayor is fooled by the Scarecrow's fancy clothes and manners.  He thinks the Scarecrow is a rich stranger and works to unite the wealthy young 'man' to Susannah in marriage .  When the true nature of the Scarecrow is revealed, the mayor and his daughter are humiliated. It is they who leave Delpton in embarrassment making way for the Widow to return to her former home.The story is a light, farcical social satire about false pride and about not judging someone by what you  only see on the surface.   Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music by Terence Alaric Levitt.  Narrated by P. Haines-Ainsworth with vocals by Adrian Cerrato, Arwen Dewey, Tristan Carruthers, Krista Curry, Danny Miller, and Patricia Haines-Ainsworth.  Recorded at Top of the Hill Studios in Duvall, WA.VISIT OUR BLOG FOR FUN BEHIND THE SCENES, RECIPES, AND BACKGROUND INFO:The Tale Behind The Tale : the history and inspiration behind your favorite Winking Kat storiesTO FIND MORE AUDIO STORY EPISODES AND GENERAL INFO, CLICK ON THIS LINK:WINKINGKATTALES.COMWinking Kat Tales is a proud member of the Dramafy Audio Play network.
Oct 1 2021
56 mins
Bayou Bug Tales
GREEN SERIES (ages 4 & up)Copyright © 2021 by P. Haines-Ainsworth, Terence Alaric Levitt, Larry Bridgesproduced by Winking Kat BooksBayou Bug Tales  is a musical re-telling of the familiar fable of "The Ant and The Grasshopper" set in Louisiana Bayou country.  The music is upbeat and fun, plus there are some fun new characters like Bertram, the tadpole, and Clarissa, a caterpillar, who transform into a frog and a butterfly respectively as the seasons pass.  Bayou Bug Tales is about being prepared for the challenging times, but it's also about change and growth.  Like Tilly the Ant says, 'no use worrying about what you're gonna look like in the end, because whatever it is, you know it's what nature intended - and inside you are still the same.'  We can give away what actually happens to Horatio the Grasshopper in the story, but we can tell you there is a happy ending to the show.Bayou Bug Tales'  book and lyrics were written by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music composed by Larry Bridges.  Additional music and musical arrangements by Terrence Alaric Levitt.  Characters voiced by:  Adrian Cerrato, Arwen Dewey, Danny Miller, Keiry Vida Valdez, and Pat Haines-Ainsworth.  This episode was recorded at Top of the Hill Studios in Duvall, WA (sound engineer, Steven Bell)VISIT OUR BLOG FOR FUN BEHIND THE SCENES, RECIPES, AND BACKGROUND INFO:The Tale Behind The Tale : the history and inspiration behind your favorite Winking Kat storiesTO FIND MORE AUDIO STORY EPISODES AND GENERAL INFO, CLICK ON THIS LINK: WINKINGKATTALES.COMWinking Kat Tales is a proud member of the Dramafy Audio Play (dramafy.com)  network.Tags: #winkingkattales #childrensmusic #musicaltheatre #audioplay
Aug 31 2021
42 mins
Purrlie's Mission to the Milky Way
PURRLIE'S MISSION TO THE MILKY WAYRed Series (ages 6 & up)Copyright 2020 by  P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levittpublished by Winking Kat BooksPurrlie, like most cats, is very curious about everything.  When her friends Bruno the Dog and Hermes the Owl tell her about the Milky Way in the sky, Purrlie is curious to know if the Milky Way is really made out of milk.  With the help of her engineering friend,  Catalina the Cat, Purrlie and her friends build a rocket ship out of  tuna cans, duct tape, hubcaps, and other things in the neighborhood yard.  Five. Four. Three. Two. One!  The homemade rocket blasts off and takes Purrlie on an outer space adventure.  She visits several of the planets in our solar system, flies through the asteroid belt, and even meets some new interstellar friends.  Is the Milky Way really made out of milk?  You'll have to listen to see if Purrlie's rocket ship makes it there to find out.Book and Lyrics for this original story  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-AinsworthVISIT OUR BLOG FOR FUN BEHIND THE SCENES, RECIPES, AND BACKGROUND INFO:The Tale Behind The Tale : the history and inspiration behind your favorite Winking Kat storiesTO FIND MORE AUDIO STORY EPISODES AND GENERAL INFO, CLICK ON THIS LINK: WINKINGKATTALES.COM or look for us on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHearRadio, Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.Winking Kat Tales is also proud to be a part of the Dramafy Network of Audio Plays and Audio Theatre.  Dramafy features a library of current and classic audio dramas and audio programs.Dramafy | Better Than AudiobooksIf 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
Aug 6 2021
37 mins
Arcani and the Tree of Dreams
Blue Series (ages 5 and up)Copyright © 2021 by P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levitt   published by Winking Kat Books"Arcani and the Tree of Dreams" is an original musical story inspired by a folktale from Bolivia.  It is about a boy who dreams about setting his own path in life instead of the road he is destined to travel.  The boy, Arcani,  falls asleep under a toborochi tree one day.   When he wakes he sees a strangely dressed man standing nearby.  At first, Arcani thinks the man is merely a dream - but he is not.  The man calls himself 'El Vagabundo del Mundo' and explains that he is a traveling healer.  The Vagabundo shares some of his healing lotions, tree bark, and knowledge with Arcani who uses them to help his mother's cough and sore hands caused by the exhausting work she does.  However  when Arcani uses his new knowledge to help the mayor's wife, the mayor doesn't not approve.  He believes Arcani is incapable of knowing anything so important.  Arcani and his mother are exiled from their village.  But a poorly timed case of hiccups prompts the mayor's wife to bring them back to the village to help.The characters of "Arcani and the Tree of Dreams"  are voiced by Adrian Cerrato, Carolynne Wilcox, Harry Turpin, Cassandra León, and Josh Rodriguez.  Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music by Terence Alaric Levitt.   Sound Engineer: Steven Bell.  Recorded at Top of the Hill Studios in Duvall, WA.VISIT OUR BLOG FOR FUN BEHIND THE SCENES, RECIPES, AND BACKGROUND INFO:The Tale Behind The Tale : the history and inspiration behind your favorite Winking Kat storiesTO FIND MORE AUDIO STORY EPISODES AND GENERAL INFO, CLICK ON THIS LINK: WINKINGKATTALES.COMWinking Kat Tales is a proud member of the Dramafy Audio Play network.podchaser: iQohRDoSLMtAD9JKFttg
Jun 16 2021
40 mins
WK_Tale Behind The Tale of Mr. Popper's Penguins
The Tale Behind The Tale of Mr. Popper's Penguins Inspiration and PenguinsAge 7 - AdultWhat inspires an artist or an author to create?  In the case of the authors behind the creation of the classic story Mr. Popper's Penguins  inspiration happened when the family took a trip to the local movie house to see a newsreel about Admiral Byrd's trip to the Antarctic.  The penguins in the film sparked Richard Atwater's imagination and the book he wrote along with his wife, Florence, has entertained children for generations since.   In the first part of this episode Winking Kat describes the sometimes fun, sometimes tragic tale of how the book was written and the tenacity it took to get it published.But are all the tricks the penguins do in the book for real?  In the second half of this bonus Tale Behind The Tale episode, we interview, John Samaras, the lead zookeeper for penguins at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, to find out.  You'll be surprised at how similar and talented real penguins are to Captain Cook and Mr. Popper's other penguins in the story.  There are some things, however that real penguins cannot do.  Which tricks do you think they are?  If you ever enjoyed reading Mr. Popper's Penguins or are just a big penguin fan, you'll enjoy this episode of Winking Kat Tales.copyright©WinkingKatTalesThank you to Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and John Samaras for their time and help with this project.   For more information about the Woodland Park Zoo visit their website at:Woodland Park Zoo: All for Wildlife - Woodland Park Zoo Seattle WA
Apr 28 2021
33 mins
The Three Little Pigs
THE THREE LITTLE PIGSGreen Series (ages 3 & up)Copyright 2021 by  P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levittpublished by Winking Kat BooksSome stories have been told by almost every culture in every language for centuries.  No one is really sure when The Three Little Pigs was told for the first time.  Some think it might have even originated as an Aesop fable.  The only thing we do know for sure was that the first printed version appeared in a book in England around 1840.  Since then the story has been printed and shared around the world.There are many different endings for this story.  We've chosen one of the least brutal and most fun for this musical version of The Three Little Pigs.   We've also filled the play with lots of fun songs to sing along with.    We hope you will enjoy the show.  Be sure to subscribe and to write and let us know your favorite part of the story or favorite song.Narrated by P. Haines-Ainsworth with vocals by Adrian Cerrato, Arwen Dewey,  Samuel Jarius Pettit, and Patricia Haines-Ainsworth.  Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music by Terence Alaric Levitt.  Recorded at Top of the Hill Studios in Duvall, WA.VISIT OUR BLOG FOR FUN BEHIND THE SCENES, RECIPES, AND BACKGROUND INFO:The Tale Behind The Tale : the history and inspiration behind your favorite Winking Kat storiesTO FIND MORE AUDIO STORY EPISODES AND GENERAL INFO, CLICK ON THIS LINK: WINKINGKATTALES.COMWinking Kat Tales is a proud member of the Dramafy Audio Play network.
Apr 4 2021
28 mins
WK_ Tale Behind The Tale- Trickster TalesTale Behind the Tale Series - IntroductionThe Dancing Princess
THE DANCING PRINCESSRed Series (ages 6 & up)Copyright 2020 by  P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levittpublished by Winking Kat Books"The Dancing Princess"  is an original story based on a folktale from Eastern Europe.  It is about a princess named Yulia who loves to dance so much that she is always wearing out her shoes.   She is afraid her father will be upset, so she doesn't tell him why her shoes are wearing out.   Her father, King Valentine, decides to sponsor a challenge.  Any young man who can find out Princess Yulia's secret within three days will win her hand in marriage and half of the kingdom.  The contest is not going well.  No one can stay awake long enough to discover the princess' secret until a stranger named Anatoly Padin arrives into the kingdom.  He has a secret, too.  It is a secret cape given to him by an old conjurer in the woods.  It can make him invisible to the princess so he can follow her unseen - that is if he can stay awake long enough to see where she goes.If this sounds familiar, this story was probably the basis for similar stories about twelve dancing princesses.  Versions of that story were recorded by the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen.    We hope you enjoy this musical adaptation from Winking Kat.Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music by Terence Alaric Levitt.  Narrated by P. Haines-Ainsworth with vocals by Adrian Cerrato, Arwen Dewey, Max Lopuszynski, David Bailey, and Patricia Haines-Ainsworth.  Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Recorded at Top of the Hill Studios in Duvall, WA.VISIT OUR BLOG FOR FUN BEHIND THE SCENES, RECIPES, AND BACKGROUND INFO:The Tale Behind The Tale : the history and inspiration behind your favorite Winking Kat storiesTO FIND MORE AUDIO STORY EPISODES AND GENERAL INFO, CLICK ON THIS LINK: WINKINGKATTALES.COMWinking Kat Tales is a proud member of the Dramafy Audio Play network.
Jan 19 2021
1 hr 4 mins
The Nightingale
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 BellVISIT OUR BLOG FOR FUN BEHIND THE SCENES, RECIPES, AND BACKGROUND INFO:The Tale Behind The Tale : the history and inspiration behind your favorite Winking Kat storiesTO FIND MORE AUDIO STORY EPISODES AND GENERAL INFO, CLICK ON THIS LINK: WINKINGKATTALES.COMWinking Kat Tales is a proud member of the Dramafy Audio Play network.Tags: #winkingkattales #childrensmusica l#originalsongs #radioplay
Nov 15 2020
53 mins
Winking Kat turns TwoTreasure Island
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 BellVISIT OUR BLOG FOR FUN BEHIND THE SCENES, RECIPES, AND BACKGROUND INFO:The Tale Behind The Tale : the history and inspiration behind your favorite Winking Kat storiesTO FIND MORE AUDIO STORY EPISODES AND GENERAL INFO, CLICK ON THIS LINK: WINKINGKATTALES.COMLet 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.
Sep 5 2020
53 mins
Winking Kat Tales: CinderellaWinking Kat Tales: Aesop's Boy Who Cried Wolf & The Dog and His Bone
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.VISIT OUR BLOG FOR FUN BEHIND THE SCENES, RECIPES, AND BACKGROUND INFO:The Tale Behind The Tale : the history and inspiration behind your favorite Winking Kat storiesTO FIND MORE AUDIO STORY EPISODES AND GENERAL INFO, CLICK ON THIS LINK: WINKINGKATTALES.COMCast:  Adrian Cerrato, Jen Makenas, Danny Miller, Pat Haines-AinsworthPiano: Terence Levitt      Sound Engineer: Steven Bell
May 18 2020
18 mins
Winking Kat Tales: Aesop's The Sun, The North Wind, & The Man
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.FOR MORE INFORMATION, ACTIVITIES, AND FUN BEHIND THE SCENES NEWS, BE SURE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE, WINKING KAT TALES.COM, AND SUBSCRIBE.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
Apr 18 2020
19 mins
Winking Kat: The Town Mouse & The Country Mouse
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-AinsworthVISIT OUR BLOG FOR FUN BEHIND THE SCENES, RECIPES, AND BACKGROUND INFO:The Tale Behind The Tale : the history and inspiration behind your favorite Winking Kat storiesTO FIND MORE AUDIO STORY EPISODES AND GENERAL INFO, CLICK ON THIS LINK: WINKINGKATTALES.COMWinking Kat Tales is a proud member of the Dramafy Audio Play network.Tags: #winkingkattales #childrensmusica l#originalsongs #radioplayLet 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
Apr 4 2020
43 mins
Winking Kat Tales: Aesop's Fables -The Lion & The Mouse