Fidgety Fairy Tales

Snow White

Snow White

Snow White websiteTopic

Schizophrenia

Our version of Snow White focuses on these common symptoms:

  • Hallucinations – Seeing and hearing things that aren’t there
  • Delusions – Having beliefs that are false and fixed
  • Feeling that people are hostile and “out to get them”

Message that Builds Empathy

Our version of Snow White builds empathy for parents of children with mental health disorders by drawing attention to the isolation and fear they can experience.

This story also illustrates strategies to de-escalate a situation when a person is experiencing a mental health crisis.

Synopsis

Snow White has schizophrenia.  She sees and hears things that aren’t there, which causes misunderstandings when she tries to interact with people in town.  At home, she hallucinates seven dwarves.  They convince her that her mother is a witch who is trying to poison her with apples.  She runs away from home on a cold, snowy night.  Her mother and the kindly Huntsman find her and help her choose to go home where it is safe and warm.

Script Excerpt

MAMA WHITE
Snow White?

SNOW WHITE
Get away from me, you witch!

MAMA WHITE
I’m not a witch!  Stop saying that!

SNOW WHITE
Leave me alone, you ugly hag!

HUNTSMAN
Betty, take a breath.  Snow White, you forgot your cloak.  Your mom brought it for you.

DWARF 2
Don’t let her touch you!

DWARF 6
Actually, that was really nice.

DWARF 2
You’ve always got to be the one who causes problems, don’t you?

(The seven dwarves start arguing.  Snow White is confused and overwhelmed.)

HUNTSMAN
(loudly) Snow White!

SNOW WHITE
The dwarves keep arguing.  Don’t you find it annoying?

HUNTSMAN
I don’t see or hear the dwarves.  But I believe that you do.

MAMA WHITE
Let’s go home.  You must be starving.

SNOW WHITE
The apples are poison!

MAMA WHITE
You don’t have to eat any of the apples.  You can pick out something else when we get home.

HUNTSMAN
It can’t all be poisoned.  I’ll help.  I’m good at checking for poison.

SNOW WHITE
I’m so cold.

MAMA WHITE
I know, honey.  It’s warm at home.