Circle Round is a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4 to 10. Created and produced by parents of young children, Circle Round tells carefully-selected folktales from around the world. Stories are adapted for today's families into 10 to 20 minute diverse episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity.
Notable voices from the stage and screen bring these stories to life with the help of narrator and veteran public radio host/reporter Rebecca Sheir. Eric Shimelonis, composer for the stage and screen, creates original music for each story. Episodes are adapted and written specifically for Circle Round by executive producer Jessica Alpert and Rebecca Sheir. Casting by Amy Lippens, CSA.
Rebecca Sheir has brought thousands of stories to life as a public radio reporter and host, appearing on such shows as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Splendid Table and Marketplace. She's helmed several weekly news programs, including AK (Alaska Public Radio Network) and Metro Connection (WAMU 88.5), and has hosted podcasts for the Folger Shakespeare Library ("Shakespeare Unlimited") and Slate Magazine ("Placemakers"). Rebecca has also done voiceover work for film, television and dozens of audio books.
Eric Shimelonis is a composer, musician and audio producer whose work has been heard on stage, screen and over the airwaves. Most recently, he scored and mixed the “Placemakers” podcast for Slate Magazine. He has performed in venues from CBGB to the Kennedy Center, and audiences have enjoyed his classical compositions at the Juilliard School, the Rattlestick New Music Series, and at a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. With more than 300 sound designs in the theater, Eric has won a Helen Hayes Award, and has been nominated for Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Big Easy and Henry Hewes Design Awards. Film highlights include the feature “Winter Passing,” for which he performed a duet with Will Ferrell.