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Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs
the mirror's off the wall in more ways than one!

To order scripts ISBN 1-873855-42-7Cast ListScenesExtractNotes

Introduction

A pantomime written in a traditional style, but at the same time refreshingly different, Snow White treats your cast to some well made characters and dialogue, and conspires to involve your audience to the maximum.

The Queen relies on Machiavelli's magic mirror to tell her the truth - but the mirror has a mind of its own.

There are many opportunities for song and dance and plenty of scope for including an undefined number of senior and junior chorus members in the show.

Principals: 18 named characters of whom 4 male, 5 female and the rest can be either!

© John Owen Smith 2004


Cast List . . .

The King of Paramedichia
The Queen of Paramedichia, his second wife
Snow White, her step-daughter (principal girl)
Machiavelli, the court Magician
Leonardo, the court Physician
Minestrone, the court Cook (dame)
Festa, the Queen's maid
Lisa, Snow White's maid
Subito, the Queen's personal trainer
Fidelio, Prince of Phoojiagfa (principal boy)
Dave, a bossy tiny miner
Dee, a tidy tiny miner
Dozy, a sleepy tiny miner
Beaky, a nosey tiny miner
Mick, a very tiny miner
Titch, a rather larger miner
James, a more refined miner
Maxwell, a Mirror with attitude
Junior chorus of children, animals, etc
Senior chorus of courtiers, woodsmen, etc


List of Scenes . . .

Act I

The Prologue - The Mac and Leo Show (Front of Tabs)
Scene 1 - In the Palace of Paramedichia (Full Set)
Scene 2a - The Queen's boudoir (Half Set)
Scene 2b - Snow White's room (Half Set)
Scene 3 - In the Forest (Full Set)
Scene 4a - The King's chamber (Front of Tabs)
Scene 4b - The Queen's boudoir again (Half Set)
Scene 5 - In the Dwarfs' cottage (Full Set)

**** INTERVAL ****

Act II

The Interlogue - The Queen on her way to the forest (Front of Tabs)
Scene 1 - In the Dwarfs' cottage (Full Set)
Scene 2a - Back in the Palace (Front of Tabs)
Scene 2b - A track through the Forest (Half Set)
Scene 3 - In the Palace (Full Set)
Scene 4 - The Leo and Mac Show (Front of Tabs)
Scene 5 - The Marriage procession (Full Set)

Extract from Act I Scene 2a

(Machiavelli re-enters with the Mirror)
Mirror
Ah, madam has need of me again?
Mac
(Aside to the Mirror) You remember what I told you, Maxwell - cut the smart talk, eh?
Mirror
I know my job, thank you. I am a professional.
Mac
Pah!
Mirror
(To the Queen) You wish for another consultation?
Queen
What else would I bring you in here for?
Mirror
Oh dear, I see we're still a bit fraught. I had hoped that a good night's sleep might …
Queen
After what you told me yesterday?
Mirror
Please yourself. I speak as I find.
Queen
Then you had better find something else to say today.
Mirror
Listen lady, I can't choose what I see.
Queen
I beg your pardon!
Mirror
I'd run a mile, some of the things that peer into me.
Queen
Remember who you are talking to.
Mirror
Oh, not you though - you're a pleasure. Yes, a real pleasure.
Queen
That's not what you said yesterday.
Mirror
Yesterday was yesterday. Perhaps I'd eaten too much pizza.
Mac
You don't eat pizza.
Mirror
Well, perhaps I was hungry then. Who knows? Today is today.
Mac
(Hissing) Cut the smart talk, remember?
Mirror
Okay, okay. Today you'll be pretty as a picture. Are you ready to face the truth?
Queen
I am ready.
(The scene is set as a photo booth)
Mirror
Adjust the seat to the right height. Make sure your face is in the centre of the mirror. Select the appropriate question. Choose your background. Ready now? Place your money in the slot …
Mac
Enough!
Mirror
Okay, so this is a free consultation. But remember you get what you pay for in life.
Mac
Please!
Mirror
Sit very still please. Three, two, one - done! (a flash on 'done')
Queen
Well?
Mirror
There will be a short pause while processing takes place.
Queen
Oh, really! (To Mac) Is this something you've added?
Mac
You were not happy with yesterday's result. We want to be sure this time. That takes a little longer.
Queen
It had better come up with the right answer.
Mac
I am sure it will - I am quietly confident. (Sound effect) Ah, there, the processing is now complete.
Mirror
Are you ready for the answer?
Queen
More than ready.
Mirror
The answer to the question: "Who is the fairest in the land"?
Queen
Yes, yes - get on with it.
Mirror
I will give the results in reverse order.
Queen
What? I'm not interested in who comes second or third.
Mirror
You might be.
Queen
(To Mac) Is this some sort of a joke?
Mac
I sincerely hope not.
Mirror
In third place: Sarah the scullery maid.
Queen
That slut! How dare you utter her name in the same breath as mine?
Mirror
She's very pretty - and I haven't uttered your name yet.
Mac
(To Mirror) Cut the cackle. I didn't add to your circuits last night just to get lip from you.
Queen
Just tell me what I want to know.
Mirror
In second place … Hum - interesting this - it was a very close thing for second place.
Queen
Now just a minute …
Mirror
Very close indeed. In fact …
Queen
You're not …
Mirror
… within the limits of computational error, I'd say it was a tie for first place …
Queen
What!
Mirror
… between yourself and Snow White.
Queen
I don't believe it! I won't believe it! (To Mac) You told me yesterday was an error. You said you'd fix it.
Mac
Fix it I did.
Queen
Then you'd better fix it again - No, I've a better idea - this time we'll fix Snow White instead, not this - this - (she 'handbags' the mirror) pathetic piece of machinery. Come Festa, we have work to do! (Queen and Festa exit)
Mirror
(Picking itself up) Did I do something wrong?
Mac
You did something wrong, Maxwell - you spoke the truth. (As they exit haltingly arm in arm) Anything broken?
Mirror
No - wonderful stuff, this plastic glass. But you might have to check my circuits over again.
Mac
Maxwell by boy, by tomorrow we'll have your circuits good as new.


Producer's Notes

This pantomime uses three different full set scenes, separated by half set or front of curtain scenes to allow for backstage activity.

Directions are suggested, but use your imagination according to the facilities available to you.

A list of suggested songs is included for your guidance, and where special words were written these are also included, but feel free to adapt or adopt your own as required.

The concept of the Community Song is where the audience is invited to come up on the stage to help out, and some sort of raucous competition ensues between those brave enough to come up and those left sitting in the auditorium. ("Invited" is perhaps a little inaccurate on occasions, when members of the cast go down in search of friends and other victims!). The positioning of this event just before the final scene also gives people not involved plenty of time to change into their finery for the Walkdown.

I have introduced the concept of a Prologue and an Interlogue (no, the latter is not in the dictionary) as much as anything to give time for the chorus to react to the fact that the show has started, and actually get on stage! This is known as pragmatism.

So good luck with your show. Put in local variations as you wish, and if you think you can improve on the verse then do that too! Have fun - otherwise, why do it?


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