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Snow White (aka Little Snow White)

Show White is a curious story because the two main characters live very far apart from each other. Each time the Evil Queen tries to harm Little Snow White, she has to travel over seven mountains. That's a long way to go just to bump off a little girl so you can be the fairest of them all. (And yes, the original name is Little Snow White. She was only 7 when she bit the apple.) This on-line script matches what you hear in the audio – a great way to learn English and how to read.

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Cast In Order Of Appearance:

Narrator
Queen
Evil Queen
Looking-Glass
Snow White
Dwarf
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Prince

NARRATOR

Once upon a time there was a Queen.

QUEEN

I wish I had a child as white as snow, that’s as red as blood and black as ebony.

NARRATOR

Soon after, the Queen gave birth to such a child. And then she died.

(audience laughed)

NARRATOR

The daughter she left behind was called Little Snow White. A year passed and the King took another wife who was beautiful, but proud and haughty.

EVIL QUEEN

I will have no one else surpass me in my beauty.
Looking-glass, looking-glass, on the wall,
Who in this land is the fairest of all?

LOOKING-GLASS

Thou, O Queen, art the fairest of all.

NARRATOR

But Little Snow White grew more and more beautiful each day. When she turned seven she was more beautiful than the new Queen.

EVIL QUEEN

Looking-glass, looking-glass, on the wall,
Who in this land is the fairest of all?

LOOKING-GLASS

Snow White.

NARRATOR

The Queen was furious to hear this and she called in a huntsman.

EVIL QUEEN

Take the child away and kill her. Bring back her lung and liver as a token.

NARRATOR

The huntsman pretended to kill Little Snow White –

(SNOW WHITE, contrary to script direction, shrieked)

NARRATOR

– but he killed a wild boar instead. He took its lung and liver back to the Queen as proof the child was dead. And the Queen ate them.

EVIL QUEEN

Yum!

NARRATOR

Little Snow White ran and ran until she spied a little cottage. Inside a table was set for seven. She ate and drank only a tiny bit from each plate and mug. Seven little beds were lined up against the wall and she fell asleep in the seventh. The owners of the cottage were dwarfs who dug for ore and they came home to the cottage soon after.

(DWARFS called out from backstage, except SEVEN)

DWARF

Who has been sitting in my chair?

TWO

Who has been eating off my plate?

THREE

Who has been eating my bread?

FOUR

Who has eaten some of my vegetables?

FIVE

Who has been using my fork?

SIX

Who has been using my knife?

SEVEN

Who has been drinking from my mug?

NARRATOR

Then the first one noticed that his bed was used.

DWARF

Who has been lying in my bed?

TWO

And mine!

THREE

And mine, too!

FOUR

And mine!

FIVE

And mine, too!

SIX

And mine!

SEVEN

And – wait a minute – there’s someone in mine!

NARRATOR

They went and got their seven little candles and crowded around the bed.

DWARF

Heavens! Oh heavens! What a lovely child! Why are you in our house?

NARRATOR

She introduced herself and told them her story.

DWARF

You can care for this house if you cook, clean, wash, sew and knit. You will want for nothing.

SNOW WHITE

Yes, thank you. That sounds like an excellent idea.

NARRATOR

Because she would be alone in the house all day, they warned her.

DWARF

But the Queen will soon know that you are here. Don’t let anyone into this house when we are away.

NARRATOR

Some weeks later, the Queen went back to her looking-glass.

EVIL QUEEN

Looking–glass, looking-glass, on the wall,
Who in this land is the fairest of all?

LOOKING-GLASS

Oh, Queen, thou art the fairest of all I see.
But over the hills, where the seven dwarfs dwell,
Snow White is alive and well,
And none is so fair as she.

EVIL QUEEN

Ha! So that huntsman betrayed me! Well, I shall paint my face and dress like an old peddler-woman.

NARRATOR

And this she did, so no one would recognize her. She went over the seven mountains to the home of the seven dwarfs and knocked on their door.

(three knocks)

EVIL QUEEN

Good things I sell, very cheap and very pretty.

SNOW WHITE

Good day to you, what have you to sell?

EVIL QUEEN

Pretty stay–laces for tying your corset.

SNOW WHITE

Oh my, those look lovely. You may come in.

EVIL QUEEN

Oh, but look at you! You look a fright! Come, let me lace you up proper.

NARRATOR

The Queen laced her up so quickly and so tightly that Little Snow White lost her breath and fell to the ground as if dead.

EVIL QUEEN

Fool! Now I am the most beautiful.

NARRATOR

When the dwarfs returned later, they saw that her stay–laces –

(audience coughed)

NARRATOR

– were too tight, so they cut them off.

(snip sound)

NARRATOR

Little Snow White began to breathe again and told them what had happened.

DWARF

That was no old woman. That was the wicked Queen! Don’t let anyone into this house while we are away.

NARRATOR

When the Queen arrived back at the palace, she went over to her looking-glass.

EVIL QUEEN

Looking–glass, looking-glass, on the wall,
Who in this land is the fairest of all?

LOOKING-GLASS

Oh, Queen, thou art the fairest of all I see,
But over the hills, where the seven dwarfs dwell,
Snow White is alive and well,
And none is so fair as she.

NARRATOR

The Queen was furious!

EVIL QUEEN

With the help of witchcraft, I shall make a poisonous comb. That should put an end to her!

NARRATOR

So she disguised herself to look like a different old woman and again went over to the seven mountains to where the seven dwarfs lived and knocked on their door.

(three knocks)

EVIL QUEEN

Pretty things I sell, very pretty, very cheap.

SNOW WHITE

Go away. I’m not supposed to let anyone in.

EVIL QUEEN

Well just look, then.

SNOW WHITE

Oh my, that’s very pretty. You may come in.

EVIL QUEEN

Oh, let me comb your hair for you all proper.

NARRATOR

As soon as the comb was placed in her hair, Little Snow White fell down senseless.

EVIL QUEEN

Ha! At last you are done for, you little beauty.

NARRATOR

Fortunately, the dwarfs arrived home early and removed the poison comb. Little Snow White told them what happened.

DWARF

That was the wicked Queen again! Don’t let anyone, I repeat, anyone into this house while we are away.

NARRATOR

Back at the palace, the Queen went to the looking-glass once more.

EVIL QUEEN

Looking–glass, looking-glass, on the wall,
Who in this land is the fairest of all?

LOOKING-GLASS

Snow White!

(EVIL QUEEN inhaled and exhaled loudly, audience laughed)

EVIL QUEEN

Snow White shall die, no matter what it takes! Even if it costs my life!

NARRATOR

This time she made a poisonous apple, disguised herself as a farmer’s wife, and knocked on the door.

(three knocks)

SNOW WHITE

Go away! I am not to let anyone in, the seven dwarfs have forbidden it.

EVIL QUEEN

That’s all the same to me because pretty soon I’m gonna be rid of my pretty apples. Here, I’ll give you one to try.

SNOW WHITE

I shouldn’t take anything.

EVIL QUEEN

Do you think it might be poisoned? Here, I’ll have the white part and you can have the sweet red cheeks.

NARRATOR

The Queen’s part had no poison, so Little Snow White took a bite of her piece and fell down dead.

EVIL QUEEN

Ah ha ha ha ha! White as snow, red as blood, black as ebony – the seven dwarfs will not awake you!

NARRATOR

The dwarfs came home that evening and found Little Snow White no longer breathing.

DWARF

Well, we can’t bury her in the dark cold ground. We shall put her in a coffin made of glass and write her name upon it in gold letters so that everyone will know she was the King’s daughter.

NARRATOR

They carried this coffin up to the top of their mountain and one of the dwarfs always stayed with it to guard her. A long, long time passed and she looked as though she were asleep. One day, a Prince from another kingdom came to the mountain and saw the coffin with Snow White.

PRINCE

Please let me have this coffin as a gift. I cannot live without seeing Snow White. I promise I will honor and treasure her.

NARRATOR

The dwarfs took pity on the Prince and let him have the coffin.

DWARF

Okay. You can have her.

(audience laughed)

NARRATOR

As the coffin was jostled, the poisonous piece of apple popped out of her throat and out of her mouth.

(SNOW WHITE spat, audience laughed)

SNOW WHITE

My goodness! Where am I?

PRINCE

You are here with me! I love you more than anything. Please come to my father’s palace and be my wife.

SNOW WHITE

Okay.

(audience laughed)

NARRATOR

And so she went with the Prince. The wicked Queen was invited to their wedding. She didn’t want to go to this wedding, but she had to see this beautiful young queen for herself.

EVIL QUEEN

Oh my goodness! It’s Snow White!

NARRATOR

Iron slippers had been put in the fire and were brought to her. She was forced to put on these red–hot shoes and dance until she dropped down dead.

(audience laughed)

NARRATOR

The End.

©2007-2014 Lishka DeVoss/Kranky Kids®

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