Anansi Storytime

Legendsmith Productions

Telling Fairy Tales and Folklore from cultures all over the world as audio plays. This show is part of the Story Forge Network.

S3: Famous Fairy Tales (Preview)
Trailer 48 sec

All Episodes

Culture: German Based on a story collected by: The Brothers Grimm Summary: A story about a girl who wheeled and dealed herself into a golden opportunity. Production: * Writer - LJ Donnell * Editors - Scooter Mann, Max Baskin, LJ Donnell * Director - Hank Romanesco * Producer - Scooter Mann * Engineer - David Allen * Engineer - Scooter Mann * Composer - Chris Robbins Players: * Scooter Mann - Storyteller * LJ Donnell - Alicia * Max Baskin - Rumpelstiltskin * William Wulf - King * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Father * Michelle Morrison - Frau Holda Special Guests: Chris Robbins, David Allen, Hank Romanesco, LJ Donnell, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Max Baskin, Michelle Morrison, and William Wulf.

Aug 2020

33 min 28 sec

Culture: German Based on a story by: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Summary: A story about the dangers of wolfing down your food. Production: * Writer - Amber Troska * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - David Allen * Engineer - Scooter Mann * Composer - Jonah Knight Players: * Chris G. - Grandmother * Lisa Watson - Storyteller * LJ Donnell - Little Red Riding Hood * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Wolf 2 * Max Baskin - Wolf 1 * Tara Griffiths - Mother * William Wulf - Huntsman Special Guests: Amber Troska, Chris G, David Allen, Hank Romanesco, Jonah Knight, Lisa Watson, LJ Donnell, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Max Baskin, Tara Griffiths, and William Wulf.

Jul 2020

11 min 37 sec

Culture: Danish Based on a story by: Hans Christian Andersen Summary: A story which reflects the cold truths about growing up and falling in love. Production: * Writer - Summer Blais * Writer - William Wulf * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - David Allen * Engineer - Scooter Mann * Composer - Diana Raynes Players: * Boston Moss - Storyteller * Michelle Morrison - Gerda * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Kay, Goblin * William Wulf - Grandfather * LJ Donnell - Grandmother * Tara Griffiths - Vain Woman * Max Baskin - Hairdresser * Lisa Watson - Snow Queen * Andrew Whitby - Raven Special Guests: Andrew Whitby, Boston Moss, David Allen, Diana Raynes, Hank Romanesco, Lisa Watson, LJ Donnell, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Max Baskin, Michelle Morrison, Summer Blais, Tara Griffiths, and William Wulf.

Apr 2020

19 min 3 sec

Come listen to a preview of our special Patreon Exclusive series, The Gilded Boot. Folklore characters start their own podcast and take a look at what it really means to be a living piece of modern fiction. Producer: Scooter Mann Director: Scooter Mann Audio Engineer: David Allen Rumplestiltskin: Max Baskin Puss: LJ Donnell Special Guests: David Allen, LJ Donnell, and Max Baskin.

Feb 2020

3 min 42 sec

Culture: Spanish Based on a story: The Ingenious Nobleman Mister Quixote of La Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra A story about the terrible and undreamt of adventures of a would-be knight errant and his errors on his errands. Production: * Producer - Scooter Mann * Writer - Thomas Sixten * Director - LJ Donnell * Lead Engineer / Sound Designer - David Allen * Engineer - Scooter Mann * Composer - Dayn Leonardson Players: * Chris G. - Don Quixote * Lynne Parsons - Squire * Max Baskin - Friar * Michelle Morrison - Lady * Thierry Barston - Storyteller * Verity Sainte Marie - Sancho Panza * William Wulf - Muleteer Special Guests: Chris G, David Allen, Dayn Leonardson, LJ Donnell, Lynne Parsons, Max Baskin, Michelle Morrison, Thierry Barston, Thomas Sixten, Verity Sainte Marie, and William Wulf.

Jan 2020

19 min 6 sec

Culture: European Based on a story collected by: Charles Perrault Summary: A story about a cat in a hat, and boots, who’s idea of fun was saying and doing whatever was needed to make his master’s fortune. Production: * Writer - Thierry Barston * Director - Max Baskin * Engineer - David Allen Players: * Boston Moss - Youngest Son * Lisa Watson - Storyteller * LJ Donnell - Puss * Lynne Parsons - Middle Son, Peasent 2 * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - King * Scooter Mann - Servant * Thomas Sixten - Ogre * William Wulf - Oldest Son, Peasant 1 Special Guests: Boston Moss, David Allen, Lisa Watson, LJ Donnell, Lynne Parsons, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Max Baskin, Thierry Barston, Thomas Sixten, and William Wulf.

Nov 2019

19 min 58 sec

Culture: French Based on a story by: Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve Summary: A story about a beautiful girl falling in love with a cursed prince, and helping uncover the beast in both of them. Production: * Writer - LJ Donnell * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - David Allen Players: * Andrew Whitby - Reynard * Chris G - Maximilian * Keith Riley - Albert * Lisa Watson - Beggar Woman * LJ Donnell - Storyteller * Lynne Parsons - Cosette * Max Baskin - Beast * Tara Griffiths - Rose Special Guests: Andrew Whitby, Chris G, David Allen, Hank Romanesco, Keith Riley, Lisa Watson, LJ Donnell, Lynne Parsons, Max Baskin, and Tara Griffiths.

Oct 2019

31 min 8 sec

Come and enjoy this sneak peak into our third season. This time we present less commonly known versions of famous fairy tales. Please Enjoy. Special Guest: Max Baskin.

Oct 2019

48 sec

Culture: Uncultured An Original Story, based on classic characters (and wacky parodies) Summary: Hi! I'm Coyote and I'm... Gonna step in for a second to talk about what happened. You see, I was trying to come talk to my friend Anansi when... well then after that you see... then... oh! A radio! When I turned it on... Oh... yeah I probably shouldn't have done that. Production: * Writer - Scooter Mann, LJ Donnell, Max Baskin, Thomas Sixten * Director - Hank Romanesco * SFX, Master - David Allen * Rends Music - Joe Griffin Players: * Matt “Olaf” Hinton - Commericals Voices, Narrator * Andrew Whitby - Coyote, Commericals Voices * Kjatar Tavishen - Anansi, Commericals Voices * LJ Donnell - Commericals Voices, Sin-derella * Max Baskin - Commericals Voices, Lost Boy * Lynne Parsons - Commericals Voices * Erik Van Der Geotz - Commericals Voices * JC Lira - Merry Man * Scooter - Commericals Voices * Shannon Woods - Siren * Thomas Sixten - Commericals Voices Special Guests: Andrew Whitby, David Allen, Erik van der Goetz, Hank Romanesco, JC Lira, Joe M. Griffin, Kjatar Tavishen, LJ Donnell, Lynne Parsons, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Max Baskin, Shannon Woods, and Thomas Sixten.

Sep 2018

20 min 9 sec

Culture: Celtic Based on a story collected by: Joseph Jacobs Summary: A story about a man who abandoned his search for wealth, when he discovers it’s all a crock. Production: * Writer - Will Burghart * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - David Allen * Engineer - Brandon Strader Players: * Patrick Kempter - Leprechaun * Thomas Sixten - Tom * Verity Sainte Marie - Narrator Special Guests: Brandon Strader, David Allen, Hank Romanesco, Patrick Kempter, Thomas Sixten, Verity Sainte Marie, and Will Burghart.

Aug 2018

6 min 45 sec

Culture: Persian Based on a story translated by: Hartwell James Summary: A story about a clever fisherman who nets a quick profit with a minnow-mum of effort. Production: * Writer - Sam Tynes * Director - Hank Romanesco * SFX / Final Cut Engineer - David Allen * Mixing Engineer - Erik Schmall * Mixing Engineer - Kelly Oostman Players: * Chris G - Narrator * Don Davenport - King * Tara Griffiths - Sherem * Thomas Sixten - Fisherman Special Guests: Chris G, David Allen, Don Davenport, Erik Schmall, Hank Romanesco, Kelly Oostman, Samantha Tynes, Tara Griffiths, and Thomas Sixten.

Jul 2018

5 min 35 sec

Culture: Celtic Based on a story by: Joseph Jacobs Summary: A story about two greedy farmers, who reaped what they sowed, when their neighbor milked them for all they were worth. Production: * Writer - Samantha Tynes * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - Tim Peterson * Mixer - Brandon Strader Players: * Boston Moss - Narrator * Chris G - Donald O'Neary * Keith Riley - Hudden * Kjatar Tavishen - Farmer, Cobbler * Matt Hinton - Dudden * Thomas Sixten - Innkeeper, Tanner Special Guests: Boston Moss, Brandon Strader, Chris G, Hank Romanesco, Keith Riley, Kjatar Tavishen, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Samantha Tynes, Thomas Sixten, and Tim Peterson.

Jun 2018

10 min 54 sec

Culture: German Based on a story by: Unknown Summary: A story about a traveling troublemaker who, kneading money, bought a breadmaker’s ire with some half-baked shenanigans. Production: * Writer - Thomas Sixten * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - David Allen * Engineer - Brandon Strader Players: * LJ Donnell - Baker * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Narrator * Thierry Barston - Till Special Guests: Brandon Strader, David Allen, Hank Romanesco, LJ Donnell, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Thierry Barston, and Thomas Sixten.

May 2018

6 min 28 sec

Culture: Brittish Based on written by: Rudyard Kipling Summary: A story about how a Jinn sends a lazy camel Alpaca-ing. Production: * Writer - Thierry Barston * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - David Allen * Engineer - Brandon Strader Players: * Boston Moss - Narrator * Don Davenport - Horse * Kjatar Tavishen - Jinn * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Ox * Max Baskin - Man * Sara Davenport - Dog * Thomas Sixten - Camel Special Guests: Boston Moss, Brandon Strader, David Allen, Don Davenport, Hank Romanesco, Kjatar Tavishen, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Max Baskin, Sara Davenport, Thierry Barston, and Thomas Sixten.

Apr 2018

6 min 13 sec

Culture: Japanese Based on a story collected by: Yei Theodora Ozaki Summary: A story based on a Japanese Fable of a tricky monkey's attempt to continue usefulness to their human master. Production: * Writer - Sam Tynes * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - David Allen, Brandon Strader Players: * Andrew Whitby - Narrator * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Boar * Max Baskin - Trainer * Morgan Hazelwood - Wife * Thierry Barston - Monkey Special Guests: Andrew Whitby, Brandon Strader, David Allen, Hank Romanesco, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Max Baskin, Morgan Hazelwood, Samantha Tynes, and Thierry Barston.

Mar 2018

6 min 48 sec

Culture: Norse Based on a story by: Unknown Summary: A story about a nightmare of a deal that goes rough shod when horsing around gets in the way. Production: * Writer - Lisa Watson * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - David Allen * Engineer - Brandon Strader * Foley - Joe M. Griffin Players: * Jackie Aceto - Narrator * Joe Kubinski - Odin * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Builder * Tara Griffiths - Freyja * Thomas Sixten - Loki Special Guests: Brandon Strader, David Allen, Hank Romanesco, Jackie Aceto, Joe Kubinski, Joe M. Griffin, Lisa Watson, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Tara Griffiths, and Thomas Sixten.

Feb 2018

11 min 55 sec

Culture: Yoruba Based on a story by: Traditional African tale of the Orishas. Summary: A story about how Orunmila helped a mother protect her son from Iku, the incarnation of death. Production: * Writer - Thierry Barston * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - David Allen * Engineer - Brandon Strader Players: * Don Davenport - Orunmilla * LJ Donnell - Iku * Max Baskin - Narrator * Sara Davenport - Woman Special Guests: Brandon Strader, David Allen, Don Davenport, Hank Romanesco, LJ Donnell, Max Baskin, Sara Davenport, and Thierry Barston.

Dec 2017

5 min 14 sec

Culture: Japanese Based on a story by: Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, Lord Redesdale Summary: Today we have a story about how everything comes up tails when a man is outfoxed on a wager. This episode contains descriptions of torture. Viewer discretion is advised. Production: * Writer - Max Baskin * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - Brandon Strader * Engineer - David Allen Players: * Keith Riley - Villager * Lisa Watson - Daughter * Lynne - Anrakuji * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Father * Max Baskin - Narrator * Thierry Barston - Mother * Thomas Sixten - Tokutaro Special Guests: Brandon Strader, David Allen, Hank Romanesco, Keith Riley, Lisa Watson, Lynne Parsons, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Max Baskin, Thierry Barston, and Thomas Sixten.

Nov 2017

11 min 24 sec

Culture: Caddo (Native North American) Based on a story by: Unknown Summary: A story about how Coyote, despite dogged determination, was left lupining for his friends gifts. Production: * Producer - Scooter * Writer - LJ Donnell * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond * Engineer - David Allen Players: * Andrew Whitby - Coyote * Chris G - Raven * LJ Donnell - Narrator * Max Baskin - Woodpecker * Thomas Sixten - Bear Special Guests: Andrew Whitby, Chris G, David Allen, DJ Drummond, Hank Romanesco, LJ Donnell, Max Baskin, and Thomas Sixten.

Oct 2017

10 min 28 sec

Culture: Akan Based on a story by: Farida Salifu Summary: A story about a spider whose eyes are too big for his stomach and his legs. Production: * Writer - Thomas Sixten * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond * Engineer - David Allen Players: * Boston Moss - Hog * Killian Saylor (Credited as David Saylor) - Child Monkey * Don Davenport - Father Monkey * Kjatar Tavishen - Anansi * LJ Donnell - Rabbit * Thomas Sixten - Narrator Special Guests: Boston Moss, David Allen, DJ Drummond, Don Davenport, Hank Romanesco, Killian Saylor, Kjatar Tavishen, LJ Donnell, and Thomas Sixten.

Jul 2017

3 min 46 sec

Culture: Polynesian Based on a story by: W.D. Westervelt Summary: A story of when Maui unlocked the underworld’s door to the heavens, he thought he was doing a great good for his people. But when the sun, a thoughtless creature of heat and light, brings calamity to his people, Maui finds his work is far from finished. Production: * Writer - LJ Donnell * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond Players: * Chris G. - Mother * Greg Zumbrook - Villager 3 * Lisa Watson - Vatea, Villager 1 * LJ Donnell - Sun * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Maui * Max Baskin - Tonga-Iti, Villager 2, Grandmother * Thierry Barston - Narrator * Thomas Sixten - MoeMoe Special Guests: Chris G, DJ Drummond, Hank Romanesco, Lisa Watson, LJ Donnell, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Max Baskin, Thierry Barston, and Thomas Sixten.

Apr 2017

12 min 48 sec

Culture: Greek Based on a story by: Ovid Summary: A story about the troubles caused by a slighted goddess who uses a golden apple to avenge herself when she was kept out of a feast. Production: * Writer - Thierry Barston * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond Players: * Andrew Whitby - Narrator * Chris G - Paris * Don Davenport - Agelaus * Kjatar Tavishen - Zeus, Aesacus * LJ Donnell - Aphrodite * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - King Menelaus, Priam * Morgan Hazelwood - Eris * Thierry Barston - Hera * Sara Davenport - Athena * Scooter - Hermes, Ares * Thierry Barston - Hecuba Special Guests: Andrew Whitby, Chris G, DJ Drummond, Don Davenport, Hank Romanesco, Kjatar Tavishen, LJ Donnell, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Morgan Hazelwood, Sara Davenport, and Thierry Barston.

Feb 2017

8 min 17 sec

Summary: A story about a boy who leaves home for fame and glory and returns with what really matters. Production: * Writer - Anansi Storytime * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond Players: * Don Davenport - Wind * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Boy * Max Baskin - Wisewoman * Sara Davenport - Narrator Special Guests: DJ Drummond, Don Davenport, Hank Romanesco, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Max Baskin, and Sara Davenport.

Dec 2016

4 min 16 sec

Culture: Germany Based on a story by: Brothers Grimm Summary: A silly story about a very fortunate peasant. Production: * Writer - John Bachman * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond Players: * Brannen - Servant 2 * Chris G - Narrator * LJ Donnell - Servant 1 * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Crabb, Servant 5 * Morgan Hazelwood - Lord, Servant 4 * Thierry Barston - Servant 3, Doctor Special Guests: Brannen, Chris G, DJ Drummond, Hank Romanesco, John Bachman, LJ Donnell, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Morgan Hazelwood, and Thierry Barston.

Sep 2016

5 min 30 sec

Culture: Middle East Based on a Story by: Sir Richard Burton  Summary: A story about a poor man who finds himself in an unexpected turn of fortune. Production: * Writer - John Bachman * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond Players: * Andrew Whitby - Emir * Chris G - Narrator * John Donnell - Sweep * Lisa Watson - Slave Girl * LJ Donnell - Lady * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Lord * Will Burghart - Eunuch Special Guests: Andrew Whitby, Chris G, DJ Drummond, Hank Romanesco, John Bachman, John Donnell, Lisa Watson, LJ Donnell, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, and Will Burghart.

Sep 2016

10 min 21 sec

Culture: North American Native American Based on a Story by: Margaret Compton Summary: A story about how a young boy’s kindness helps him to overcome adversity. Production: * Editor: LJ Donnell * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond Players: * Aine Connelly - Giant 1 * Don Davenport - The Man * John Donnell - Red Shell * LJ Donnell - The Skeleton * Marcia Litt - Narrator * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Giant 2 * Sara Davenport - Big Wave * Scooter - Wild Sage Special Guests: Aine Connelly, DJ Drummond, Don Davenport, Hank Romanesco, John Bachman, LJ Donnell, Marcia Litt, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, and Sara Davenport.

Sep 2016

14 min 57 sec

Culture: Swahili Based on a story by: Andrew Lang Summary: A story about a boy’s misadventures with the King of the Snakes. Production: * Writer - LJ Donnell * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond Players: * Andrew Whitby - King of the Snakes * Don Davenport - Woodcutter 1 * George Neff - Hassebu * John Donnell - Woodcutter 2 * LJ Donnell - Mother, Soldier 2 * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Soldier 1, Vizir * Thierry Barston - Wise Man * Will Burghart - Narrator Special Guests: Andrew Whitby, DJ Drummond, Don Davenport, George Neff, Hank Romanesco, John Donnell, LJ Donnell, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Thierry Barston, and Will Burghart.

Sep 2016

12 min 2 sec

Culture: Yoruba Based on a Story by: M. I. Ogumefu Summary: A tale about a clever Tortoise and his efforts to marry the king’s daughter. Production: * Writer:  Will Burghart * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond Players: * Brannen - Elephant * Chris G - Narrator * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - King * Morgan Hazelwood - Tortoise * Thierry Barston - Farmer Special Guests: Brannen, Chris G, DJ Drummond, Hank Romanesco, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Morgan Hazelwood, Thierry Barston, and Will Burghart.

Sep 2016

4 min 54 sec

Culture: Germany Based on a Story by: The Brothers Grimm Summary: The story of a boisterous tailor’s adventures. Production: * Writer - Scooter * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond Players: * Aine Connelly - Queen * Andrew Whitby - Soldier 2 * Brannen - Giant 2 * Chris G. - Soldier 1 * LJ Donnell - Giant 1 * Matt Hinton - Tailor * Morgan Hazelwood - Narrator * Scott Smith - Giant 3 Special Guests: Aine Connelly, Andrew Whitby, Brannen, Chris G, DJ Drummond, Hank Romanesco, LJ Donnell, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Morgan Hazelwood, and Scott Smith.

Sep 2016

18 min 45 sec

Culture: Aboriginal Based on a story by: Unknown Summary: A story about how a family can live in peace if they just listen to their mother. Production: * Writer - John Donnell * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond Players: * Don Davenport - Narrator * Matt “Olaf” Hinton - Goonur’s Son * Morgan Hazelwood - Guddah * Sara Davenport - Beereun * Thierry Barston - Goonur Special Guests: DJ Drummond, Don Davenport, Hank Romanesco, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Morgan Hazelwood, Sara Davenport, and Thierry Barston.

Sep 2016

9 min 56 sec

Culture: Norway Based on a Story by: Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe Summary: The tale of two brothers' misadventure with a magical handmill. Production: * Writer: Scooter * Director: Hank Romanesco * Engineer: DJ Drummond Players: * Aine Connelly - Poor Brother's Wife * Andrew Whitby - Poor Brother * Brannen - Narrator * Chris G - Rich Brother * Matt “Olaf” Hinton - Skipper * Morgan Hazelwood - Rich Brother's Wife * Scott Smith - Old Man Special Guests: Aine Connelly, Andrew Whitby, Brannen, Chris G, DJ Drummond, Hank Romanesco, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Morgan Hazelwood, and Scott Smith.

Sep 2016

9 min 36 sec

Culture: Inca Based on a Story by: Sir Clements Markham Summary: A shepherd and a princess’s pursuit of forbidden love. Production: * Writer - John Donnell * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond Players: * John Donnell - Narrator * Andrew Whitby - Guard 2 * Chris G - Acoya-Napa * Lisa Watson - Chuqui-Llantu * LJ Donnell - Fountain/Bird * Matt "Olaf" Hinton - Guard 1 * Morgan Hazelwood - Acoya-Napa's Sister * Thierry Barston - Mother Special Guests: Andrew Whitby, Chris G, DJ Drummond, Hank Romanesco, John Donnell, Lisa Watson, LJ Donnell, Matt "Olaf" Hinton, Morgan Hazelwood, and Thierry Barston.

Sep 2016

11 min 35 sec

Culture: Ashanti, Ghana. Based on: African Storybook Initiative. Summary: The story of how the Spider god Anansi brought stories to humankind. Production: * Writer - Scooter Mann * Director - Hank Romanesco * Engineer - DJ Drummond Players: * Aine Connelly - Narrator * Chris G. - Nyame * LJ Donnell - Snake * Morgan Hazelwood - Aso * Scooter Mann - Anansi Special Guests: Aine Connelly, Chris G, DJ Drummond, Hank Romanesco, LJ Donnell, and Morgan Hazelwood.

Sep 2016

4 min 38 sec