The Online Stage heard but not seen

Children's Literature

Five Children and It

While exploring the beach, four adventurous children make the acquaintance of a very odd creature: a sand fairy. When they have adapted to the brusque and forthright demeanour of the fairy they discover that he has unusual powers, which he can be persuaded to demonstrate. As a result the children enjoy many bizarre adventures, some of which are dangerous, but all of which are entertaining.

Five Children and It is the first volume of a trilogy. The later escapades of the children are described in the succeeding volumes, The Phoenix and the Carpet and the Story of the Amulet.

Narrated by Cate Barratt.

Jane - Charlotte Duckett
Anthea - Libby Stephenson
Cyril - Amanda Friday
Robert - Becca Maggie
Psammead - John Burlinson
Martha – K.G.Cross
The Lamb - Amanda Friday
Cook - Jennifer Fournier
Rebecca - Cate Barratt
Mother - Elizabeth Klett
Amelia - Maureen Boutillier
Jessie - Leanne Yau
Little Girl - Miranda Hodges
Mr Beale - Denis Daly
Mr Crispin – tovarisch
Mr Peasmarsh - Alan Weyman
Beale the Gamekeeper - David Prickett
Pharaoh - Brett Downey
Levi - Brian Mansi

Audio edited by Michele Eaton.

Link to audio: Five Children and It

Alice in Wonderland

“Curiouser and curiouser!” Join 7-year-old Alice as she tumbles down the rabbit hole to have an adventure in Wonderland, in Lewis Carroll’s classic novel beloved by children and adults alike. Alice encounters many strange and curious creatures in Wonderland, including the anxious White Rabbit, the rather unhelpful Caterpillar, the disappearing Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and his guests at the tea party, and the horrible Queen of Hearts.

Featuring the voices of Noel Badrian, Miranda Hodges, Joseph Tabler, Leanne Yau, Susan Iannucci, Chyanne Donnell,
Andrew Coleman, Ben Stevens, Lee Ann Howlett, Anastasia Durning, Richard Andrews, Caprisha Page, Jennifer Fournier, Linda Barrans, Denis Daly, Erin Louttit, Brett Downey,
Elizabeth Klett, Charlotte Duckett, PJ Morgan, Garrison Moore, Amanda Friday, K.G.Cross, Brett Downey, John Burlinson, Maureen Boutilier, Jeff Moon, Michele Eaton, Marty Kryz, Carol Box, Alan Weyman, and Bob Gonzalez.

Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett.

All proceeds from the sale of this audiobook will be donated to Charity Water, a non-profit organization which is dedicated to the building of sustainable, community-owned water projects around the world.

Link to audio: Alice in Wonderland

The Phoenix and the Carpet

This book is the continuation of the adventures of the children in Five Children and It.    They are given a carpet which, unknown to their parents, contains a magic egg which hatches into a phoenix.  Like the Psammead in the first book the carpet has the power to grant wishes. After a  series of hectic escapades, the phoenix announces that the end of his lifespan is approaching and lays a egg from which his future self will be born in 2000 years time.  The carpet,  which is now worn out through continual use, is entrusted with the mission of conveying the egg to its resting place.

Narrated by Cate Barratt

Jane - Charlotte Duckett
Anthea   - Libby Stephenson
Cyril - Amanda Friday
Robert - Becca Maggie
The Phoenix  - Ben Lindsey-Clark
Mother - Elizabeth Klett
Father - Peter Tucker
The Lamb and Henri – Ollie and Izzy Lindsey-Clark
Cook, French Lady and Crowd Voice - Jennifer Fournier
Eliza, Miss Peasmarsh and Crowd Voice - Leanne Yau
Indian Queen and Miss Amelia – K.G.Cross
Mrs Biddle - Linda Barrans
Miss Selina - Carol Box
Burglar and Porter - David Prickett
Rev. Blenkinsop  and Clerk – Alan Weyman
Urb,  Carpet Seller, Curate and and Theatre Attendant - Brett Downey
Ike, Islander, Indian, Uncle Reginald and Crowd Voice - John Burlinson

Audio edited by Michele Eaton

Link to audio: The Phoenix and the Carpet

 Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass
By Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll's delightful sequel to Alice in Wonderland finds seven-year-old Alice off on another exciting adventure into Looking-Glass World. On her journey, she meets life-size chess pieces, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Humpty Dumpty, and a host of fairy-tale creatures. 

Performed by a splendid cast, this Online Stage production will charm listeners of all ages. 

Narration by Noel Badrian.

Featuring Miranda Hodges as Alice.

Also featuring the voices of Linda Barrans, John Burlinson, Elizabeth Chambers, Denis Daly, Brett Downey, Michele Eaton, Jennifer Fournier, Amanda Friday, K.G Cross, Bob Gonzalez, Andy Harrington, Marie Hoffman, Lee Ann Howlett, Kalynda, Elizabeth Klett, Arielle Lipshaw, Ben Stevens, Joseph Tabler, and Alan Weyman.

Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett.

All proceeds from the sales of this audiobook will be donated to Action Against Hunger, an organization that saves the lives of severely malnourished children while helping vulnerable communities become self-sufficient.


Little Women

First published in 1869, Little Women is the story of four sisters growing up against the background of the American Civil War.   Alcott wrote the book at the urging of the publisher, Thomas Niles, who was seeking a story about girls that would have popular appeal.  Although it was commenced essentially as a children’s book, it developed into something of a bildungsroman,  which touches on more serious issues such as the difficulties faced by single parent families, death of a sibling and fractured relationships.

The book was an immediate success at publication and has become a classic of young adult fiction.  It has been adapted numerous times for presentation both on stage and on film.

Narration by Lee Ann Howlett.

Also featuring the voices of Amanda Friday, PJ Morgan, Tiffany Halla Colonna, Becca Maggie, Elizabeth Klett, Andy Harrington, Ron Altman, Ben Lindsey-Clark, Glenn Hascall, Nancy German, Maureen Boutilier, Jeff Moon, Jennifer Fournier, Miranda Hodges, Izzy Lindsey-Clark,  Rebecca Thomas, Brett Downey, Sarah Hulslander, Chris Marcellus, Leanne Yau, Cate Barratt, Libby Stephenson, Marty Krz and David Prickett.

Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett and Michele Eaton.

Click here to return to Catalogue main page