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Written and Directed by Greg Banks
Original Music by Victor Zupanc

Best enjoyed by everyone 5 and up
Lap passes will be available for children 18 months of age and younger.
Run time: 75 minutes, with no intermission. Run time and other details are subject to change during rehearsal process.

This is not your usual "Once Upon a Time." Classic? No. Wild? Yes! To start with, it’s a two-person play. Do the math. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves? Two fabulous, whip-smart, super-fast actors play Snow White, the huntsman, the prince, and all seven dwarves! And it’s funny. Really, really funny. So expect the unexpected in this fabulous fairy tale with a (spoiler alert) you-won’t-see-it-coming twist.

Things to Know About the Show

  • This show is a play with music performed by two adult actors who work together to portray all characters in the story, performed on a super-thrust stage, with the audience surrounding three-quarters of the set. Director Greg Banks chose this layout so the audience could see each other engaging and reacting to the story!
  • This show closely follows the Brothers’ Grimm fairy tale, and contains some moments that may frighten young children, such as Snow White’s flight from the Huntsman through the woods.
  • Playwright and Director Greg Banks has over 18 years of history developing and directing new plays for multigenerational audiences at Children’s Theatre Company. Snow White will be his 14th production on CTC’s stage.
Snow White Calendar

Please Note: This production uses two actors who play all roles. One actor is named “Snow White” and the other is name “4” however, for the purpose of telling the story, the two switch roles frequently.

Snow White enters lamenting that it is so cold outside. 4 enters and is clearly upset that Snow White has started the show. It becomes clear that some of the actors are missing. 4 wants to wait for the actors to arrive before they start the show, but Snow White wants to start, assuring 4 they can tell the story on their own.

Snow White begins the story by becoming the Queen who dreams that her child will have a “heart as pure as snow, hair as black as the trees, and lips as red as (her) blood.” A time later, the Queen has a baby girl who she names Snow White. She dies shortly after Snow White is born and a year later, the king married another woman, the Evil Queen. She was beautiful, but proud and arrogant. The Evil Queen has a magic mirror to which she asks “Mirror on the wall, who in this land is the fairest of all.” The mirror answers that the Evil Queen is the fairest of them all. Anytime she asks, the answer is always the same. But, as Snow White grows up, her beauty grows as well. One day, the Evil Queen asks the mirror her daily question and the answer is different. The mirror declares that Snow White is the most beautiful of all.

The Evil Queen calls the Huntsman. She orders him to take Snow White into the forest, kill her, and bring back her lungs and liver as proof. The Huntsman takes Snow White into the woods, but is clearly upset with his task. The Huntsman can’t bring himself to kill her. He orders Snow White to run away and never come back. He sees a pig and decides to bring back the pig’s organs to the Evil Queen instead.

Meanwhile, Snow White runs through the forest, where she stumbles upon an empty, little house. She opens the door and lets herself inside. She finds a bed and falls asleep.

Later that day, seven little men come home after a long day’s work to find Snow White in one of their beds. We learn that the little men do not have names but are numbered 1 – 7. The men debate whether or not to kick the girl out of their house, which wakes her up. She introduces herself and recounts her story of what brought her to the forest. The men are saddened and declare that they need to look after her. Snow White and the men play games but before long, the men need to go back to work. Snow White begs to go with them, but they insist she stays home. The men remind her not to wander too far from the house or answer the door if a stranger comes. The men leave for work.

Back at the castle, the Evil Queen asks her mirror who is the fairest in the land. The mirror tells her that Snow White lives. The Evil Queen realizes that she has been tricked and becomes angry. She vows to find Snow White and kill her. She disguises herself as an old peasant woman selling corsets and sets off, eventually happening upon the little house where Snow White is staying. The Evil Queen tries to convince Snow White to open the door and let her into the house by promising her free ribbons and bonnets. Snow White opens the door and the Evil Queen convinces her to try on a corset. She pulls the laces tighter and tighter until Snow White cannot breathe. She faints to the floor and the Evil Queen leaves.

The men return from work to find Snow White on the floor. They think she is dead, but one of them notices the corset and cuts her free. She tells the men that there was a peasant woman and they begin to panic. They know it was the Evil Queen, but are confident she won’t return if she thinks Snow White is dead. Back at the castle, the Evil Queen looks into the mirror and asks her burning question. She is furious to learn that Snow White is alive and well with the little men. Just then, she has the idea to poison Snow White.

In the raining woods, the men leave for work and Snow White promises to not open the door to anyone. She hears someone yelling for help outside. The Evil Queen has disguised herself as a traveler who broke a wheel in the rain. She asks Snow White to let her into the house to dry off. Snow White gives in and lets the woman into the cabin. To thank her for her kindness, the old woman hands Snow White an apple. Snow White takes a bite of the poisoned apple and collapses. The Evil Queen celebrates and immediately takes out her mirror and asks her question. The mirror sadly reports that she is, in fact, the fairest of them all.

The little men return to find Snow White on the floor. The men discover that she is cold and not breathing. They build her a glass coffin where she stays for years.

A few years later, a prince arrives and notices the glass coffin. He describes his journey around the world trying to find a princess to rescue. The little men inform the Prince that Snow White is dead. The Prince is confident that his kiss will wake her. He kisses Snow White, and she wakes up. The Prince introduces himself as her handsome savior who will be taking her home as his bride.

Both Snow White and 4 break character and begin to laugh. They explain that this version of the story is what the Prince told everyone, but it is not what really happened. They rewind the play to explain exactly what happened.

Snow White goes back into the coffin and the Prince once again kisses her, and nothing happens. The Prince begins to throw a tantrum and demands to bring Snow White in her coffin back to the palace, so he can at least look at her. The men protest, but decide to give her to the Prince. They carry her coffin to his carriage, but jostle her in the process. Snow White coughs up a piece of the apple that was lodged in her throat and begins to breathe again.

The Prince is excited that Snow White has awoken and informs her that she will be his bride. Snow White explains there is no way she will do that. The Prince begins to beg and the more she protests, the bigger tantrum he throws. The Prince eventually runs off, disappointed.

The little men celebrate, but it isn’t long before the Evil Queen realizes that Snow White is alive and returns to the cabin, ready to slit Snow White’s throat. They battle and eventually kill the Evil Queen.

At the end of the story, 4 is ecstatic that they were able to tell the story with only two actors. He runs off to tell his friends. Snow White bids the audience good bye.

The photos below illustrate our set designer’s renderings of how the stage integrates with the super thrust seating layout. This seating layout has never been done in the Cargill Theatre before—enjoy these bird’s eye views!

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