Scene One

the castle
ENSEMBLE stands in a semi-circle around the stage, facing outwards (backs to the audience). NARRATORs 1 & 2 stand DCS. The GOOD QUEEN stands slightly behind them, the KING behind her. When anyone good speaks, NARR. 1 stands behind/beside them, holding the microphone for them. NARR. 2 does the same for anyone bad.

NARR. 1: This is a story of happiness, loyalty, and the ultimate true love...
NARR. 2: And dwarves. And death.

They split. NARR. 1 goes DSR, NARR. 2 goes DSL.

NARR. 1: (aside) Glad to see someone's providing an optimistic view... Anyway. Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there lived a good and wise king, with his good and wise queen.
NARR. 2: However, they were both very sad.
NARR. 1: A bit of an over-exaggeration, but yes.
NARR. 2: Because they couldn't have kids.
NARR. 1: But! One day, the queen wished for a daughter...
GOOD QUEEN: I wish for a daughter with hair as black as ebony, skin as white as snow, and lips as red as blood...
NARR. 2: She was a little morbid.
NARR. 1: But, luckily, she got her wish, and gave birth to a beautiful baby daughter, whom she named Snow White.

SNOW WHITE enters from UCS. She kneels by her mother, who takes her hand and walks forwards slowly.

NARR. 1: For three glorious years, the family lived in blissful happiness...
NARR. 2: Until the queen died.

GOOD QUEEN collapses. NARR. 2 drags her body off.

NARR. 1: Undeterred, the king Snow White's father remarried.
NARR. 2: This time to an evil old hag.

Enter the EVIL QUEEN. NARR. 2 stands between them.

NARR. 2: You are now man and wife. (to the king) Good luck. (walking forwards to his USR position) This new, evil queen was horrible to absolutely everyone, especially Snow White.
NARR. 1: Well, at least it wasn't all bad - Snow White's daddy was still alive...
NARR. 2: Yeah.... But not for long...

The KING collapses.

NARR. 2: He died under... mysterious circumstances.

NARR. 2 drags his body off. SNOW WHITE goes DSR.

NARR. 1: Oh. Well.
NARR. 2: Not only was this new queen really incredibly evil, but she was also really incredibly vain.
NARR. 1: Every day, she would ask her magic mirror:

EVIL QUEEN stands SL.

EVIL QUEEN: Mirror mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?
NARR. 1: And every day, the mirror would reply:
MIRROR: You are the fairest, O queen.
NARR. 1: And so the years passed, and Snow White grew to be a kind and beautiful young girl.
NARR. 2: Worse luck for her.
NARR. 1: Until one day, when the evil queen asked the magic mirror her usual question, the mirror replied:
MIRROR: Snow White is the fairest, O queen.
EVIL QUEEN: WHAT?!
NARR. 2: As you can imagine, she wasn't very happy about that.

As he speaks, SNOW WHITE turns and runs off SL. EVIL QUEEN glares at her. Then she starts pacing up and down.

NARR. 2: The evil queen thought and thought...
NARR. 1: Until she came up with her evil plan:
NARR. 2: She would kill Snow White!
EVIL QUEEN: Eureka! I'll kill Snow White!
NARR. 2: A bit slow, isn't she?
EVIL QUEEN: Huntsman!

Enter HUNTSMAN SL.

EVIL QUEEN: Take Snow White deep into the forest and kill her. Then bring me her liver and lungs. I want to eat them.
HUNTSMAN: Very well, O queen.

He exits SL.

NARR. 1: She had an odd taste in food, this queen.

The End

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