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 performed by two adult actors who portray all 14 characters, sometimes at the same time or switching mid-sentence! Actors use costumes and props to change characters at the drop of a hat.
- The show is 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.
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! These photos are from the perspective of the ceiling of the Cargill Stage - the leaf arbor will not obstruct any views in the house.
Joy Dolo | Snow White
Joy Dolo is back in the house! At CTC, she has performed in The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats; Pinocchio; The Last Firefly; and The Hobbit. She is an actor, improvisor, and founder of Blackout Improv Comedy, and Host of American Public Media’s podcast “Forever Ago.” Enjoy the show!
Dean Holt | Four
Dean is a member of CTC’s Acting Company (1994 – present), appearing in more than 100 memorable productions in his time at CTC. He is a two-time Ivey Award winner (Reeling and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) and the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from St. John’s University for outstanding work in his field.
C. Michael Menge | Snow White
C. Michael (they/them) is an actor-improvisor excitedly making their Children’s Theatre Company debut. Prior, they’ve enjoyed roles in Little Women; and Hand to God (Jungle Theater); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Black Ensemble Players); and more at theatres across the Twin Cities. They were named “Best Actor” by City Pages in 2019.
Maxwell Collyard | Four
Maxwell Collyard (he/him/his/they/them/ theirs) is an interdisciplinary theatre/film artist working in performance and content creation. He has performed at Jungle Theater, Park Square Theatre, and Mixed Blood Theatre. Maxwell is a Park Square design fellow and designed projections for Frank Theatre, Theatre Novi Most, Turtle Theater Collective, and Playwrights’ Center.
Playwright and Director
Previous productions for Children’s Theatre Company include adaptations of Antigone; Huck Finn; Romeo and Juliet; Robin Hood; Pinocchio; The Jungle Book; and The Hobbit. He also directed Sleeping Beauty; A Wrinkle in Time; and Charlotte’s Web. Still based in the U.K., Greg is very happy to be back with his brand new adaptation of Snow White.
Composer and Sound Designer/Musician
Victor (he/him/his) is credited with approximately 300 productions as Composer, Musical Director, and Sound Designer throughout the country and around the world, winning many awards and honors. Victor often composes for orchestras, choirs, films, and for NPR. This is Victor’s 30th season as Music Director/Composer at CTC. victorzupanc.com
Mikhail has worked at Arena Stage, Asolo Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Court Theatre, Filarmónica de Jalisco,
The Kennedy Center, Olney Theatre Center, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Rep, Signature Theatre, Syracuse Stage, The Wilma Theater, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, among many others. mishakachman.com
Annie’s CTC credits include The Hobbit; The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats; and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Other credits include Ananya Dance Theater, Artistry, Commonweal Theatre, History Theatre, Jungle Theater, Park Square Theatre, Ten Thousand Things Theatre, and Yellow Tree Theatre. Annie is a faculty member and designer at Normandale Community College.
Jensen Lighting Designer
Rebecca enjoyed 13 seasons as Lighting, Sound, and Video Director at CTC. Her design credits include: Pinocchio; Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat; Pippi Longstocking; A Wrinkle in Time; Robin Hood; The Iron Ring; Romeo and Juliet; The Magic Mrs. PiggleWiggle; and Dr. Seuss’s The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.
Miriam was previously Senior Vice President at the Araca Group (Broadway) and Associate Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth (Washington, D.C.). Additional credits: New York Theatre Workshop, American Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville. M.F.A., ART/Moscow Art Theatre Institute at Harvard University. Adjunct faculty, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Associate Sound Designer
Selected credits: Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical; Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical; and Last Stop on Market Street (CTC); Tony®-nominated HAIR (Broadway, West End, National Tour); Drama Desk-nominated The Merchant of Venice (Broadway); Audelco Award-winning The Total Bent (Public Theater); Much Ado About Nothing (The Old Globe); and Into the Woods (Delacorte Theater).
Stage Manager (Rehearsal/Performance)
Chris has been at CTC for 18 seasons. She has worked across the country from NYC to Alaska, including Arena Stage, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, New Victory Theater, Alpine Theatre Project, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, and Perseverance Theatre. She graduated from Northwestern University and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia.
Stage Manager (Performance)
Stacy is in her 22nd season at Children’s Theatre Company, where she has managed over 70 productions. She has also worked at the Guthrie and Illusion Theaters in Minneapolis, Marin and Willows Theatre Companies in San Francisco, The Old Globe in San Diego, and New Victory and Cort Theatres in New York City. She stage managed the NHL Stadium Series and events for Super Bowl LII. She would like to thank her biggest accomplishments, Henry and Emmet. Stacy is a Minneapolis Theatre Award recipient.
Assistant Stage Manager
This is Shelby’s (she/her/hers) second season with Children’s Theatre Company. She has worked with many organizations around the Twin Cities and Minnesota including Mixed Blood Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Jungle Theater, and Stages Theatre Company. Shelby is a graduate of St. Olaf College.
Assistant Stage Manager
Josh (he/him/his) has directed The Importance of Being Earnest (Bad Mime Productions); The Wedding Reception (Farmington High School); and Tom Sawyer (Prairie Fire Children’s Theater). He has performed film, theatre, and original work at the National Theatre for Children, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and beyond. This is his first production at CTC.
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