Stories Alive

The Stories Alive podcast is a partnership between JPR and Stories Alive. The podcast is a fun, unique audio theatre experience for all ages. Each episode features three to four amazing, original stories written by elementary students. Stories Alive brings them to life with professional actors, sound designers and musicians. Randall the Reading Rat is your host, along with his good friends, Nut, Bolt, and the Story Machine.

Episodes will be available here as they become available, or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by clicking here.   If you have feedback on the show, or would like to contact show producer Ana Byers, write to us at storiesalive@hotmail.com

Stories Alive is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit literacy instruction-performing arts organization based in Ashland, Oregon. The organization strives to empower children through their writing. They teach arts-integrated literacy instruction in schools and local libraries; publish all original student work in local libraries and schools; turn student writing into professional theatre performed in schools, public venues, and as podcasts. When children discover that their words and ideas have meaning and power beyond themselves, beyond a grade, and beyond the classroom, they seize the opportunity to create, imagine, and write.

You can find out more about Randall the Reading Rat, our young authors, and various Stories Alive programs at www.storiesalive.org

Today Caterpillar is afraid of a big change, and the Story Machine crew try to help. Listen in with Randal the Reading Rat, Cog and Gear as to one amazing story about a young boy who finds that he is the hero he needs in “The Black Tower” by Owen Johnson.

Milo McCraken, Sofia McCraken, and Miranda O’Brian

This time the Story Machine gang takes to the road in the Story Machine, but uh-oh, they break down! How will they get out of that situation? Listen in with Randal the Reading Rat, Cog, and Valve as we hear stories about people needing a little help, like an undercover police officer in “Baby Cop,” by Aiden Moriarty; a girl under an evil magic spell  in “Annabeth in Farensenda” by Naiya Gardiner; and a creature who can’t make a friend in “Scary” by Milo McCraken, Sofia McCraken, and Miranda O’Brian.

Gabriella Garlovsky, age 8

Spring is in the air, and the Story Machine gang found something exciting stuck in the Story Machine- a seed! Will it grow? What will it become? Listen in with Randal the Reading Rat, Gear, and Bolt as we hear stories about a farmer and a sunflower in El Girasol, by Christian Flores, 2nd grade; a unicorn searching for a magic plant in Rainy by Gabriella Garlovsky, age 8; and a platypus trying to save his forest in Diary of a Platypus by Sam Stiles, 5th grade.

Yasmin Perez

It’s Valentine’s Day, and the Story Machine crew are celebrating all of the different kinds of love!. Listen in with Randal the Reading Rat, Cog, and Bolt to hear stories about a monster finding her true love in The Monster and the Human, by Kora, age 9; love keeping a family strong in Mi Familia by Yasmin Perez, age 7; two friends saving the day in Dragon Fire by Khloe Gates, age 8; and a little dog with a huge heart in The Friend by Maille Damon-Tolleneare.

Elsa Finney, 2nd Grade

Sometimes in life something can be scary, and it is okay to be scared. Facing what is scary is being brave, and there are many different ways to be brave! Listen in as the Story Machine gang helps Puffy Tail the Squirrel change from a scary (and scared) bully to a kind and brave new writer.

Soren Carstenson, Kindergarten

It is officially winter, and we have a mystery episode sure to warm up a chilly day! Jack Frost is up to his old tricks, causing wintery mischief in the Story Machine. Help Randal the Reading Rat and Bolt solve the riddle before the Story Machine is covered in frost and ice!

Elsa Finney, 2nd grade

Oh no! The Story Machine is jammed with tons of stories, and Randal the Reading Rat and his friend Gear need help reading them all. Who will help?! In this episode we hear ninja dragons fighting crime in Electro the Ninja Dragon by Soren Vaughn-Brown, age 6; a tiny mouse go on an adventure in Dot and the Lump in the Rug by Elsa Finney, 2nd grade; and an alien searching the universe for a friend in Mr. Goo by Davis Willeby, age 8.

Sylvia Fox, Kindergarten

Halloween is just around the corner, and we have a spooky little mystery for you!  On this episode, you'll hear stories about all people, or creatures, helping each other! Listen in to group of pumpkins looking for a home in "The Pumpkin Patch" by 1st grader Bella Cureno; a puppy in need of help in "The Dog Who Got Lost In The Woods," by kindergartner Sylvia Fox; a Halloween poem read by our young author Sophia DiMaggio; and one creature's search for a magic cure in "The Colorless Unicorn" by Bella Jones, 2nd grade.

What happens to a man who can't stop pressing buttons?
Story Written by Zane Whitely, age 8.
Narrated by Caroline Shaffer.
Directed/Animated by Jeanne Renaux and Paul Cirzan.

Welcome to the first Stories Alive Podcast! Each episode features original stories written by young authors, transformed into audio-theater for you to enjoy!  On this episode, you'll hear stories about all types of adventures, including going to a new school! Listen in to a lizard saving the day in "Sean and the Lawnmower," by 2nd grader Madison Sink; a girl using her special magic as she enters a new school in "Sadie's Inner Magic," by 11 year old Fiona Cutler, and the amazing adventure of "Robo Trobo and the Talking Toilets," by 1st grader, Kechoa Pech.