Welcome to Redge’s K.N.I.G.H.T. School, the Knowledgeably Noble Institution for Gallant Hero Training! Here Hedge Knights in training discover their own inner powers, cultivate their courage, celebrate everyone as they are, defend the realm from darkness, and BRAVELY bring about the light. Young Archie doubts he has the right stuff, afraid that he will never be worthy enough to take such a hedge pledge. He’s ready to leap when he learns that he already possesses exemplary knighthood qualities—a kind heart, the curiosity to learn, and the power of his own story!
This episode includes the song, Firefly Light, an anthem to our own heroic journeys and the importance of our communities and the stories we share together.
SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS: In our stories, we incorporate empowering messages and lessons for kids, especially those who are being marginalized and misunderstood. This is an important episode for our team because both of the voice actors are on the autism spectrum—one who is a seasoned professional and the other who is just beginning his acting career. They embody the themes in this story: to be yourself, share your gifts, empower others, and brave your fears to bring about the light. They are working together to find their places in a world that doesn’t always accept those who are different.
Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/redges-knight-school/
If you liked this story, you may also like Episode 32 The Princess and the Pincushion, a reimagined fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea,” a lesson on true friendship and more knights’ fun, Huzzah! https://jonincharacter.com/the-princess-and-the-pincushion/
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CREDITS: This episode has been a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written by Molly Murphy. Special thanks to Langston Sardella who voiced the character Archie, the young hedge knight in training. Mr. Reginald T. Hedgehog was performed by Jonathan Cormur. The song ‘Firefly Light’ was written and produced by Molly Murphy and performed by Monique Hafen Adams, Kristin Schmitz, and Molly Murphy. It features Phil Harris, guitar from E.W. Harris, and additional vocals from Jenni Messner and Dani Lencioni. It’s available at dorktalesstorytime.bandcamp.com. Sound recording and production for the episode by Jermaine Hamilton at Hamilton Studio Recordings.
Check out our friend, author Sivan Hong, and her book "Avery G. and the Scary End of School," a picture book that will help kids express their feelings about the end of school. Find it at SivanHong.com.
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