The Wizard of Oz — Young Performers’ Edition


The Young Performers’ Edition of The Wizard of Oz is a one-hour adaptation specially tailored for elementary school and middle school aged children. The materials have been prepared to help your school or organization mount the best possible production and to give your children an exciting and rewarding experience.
Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.

*Music samples provided courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Full performance of Jitterbug  from the Staging and Choreography DVD.

Each of the selected numbers on the DVD can also be viewed
with audio commentary and suggestions for staging and choreography.

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
  • Upcoming
  • Dorothy Gale lives on a Kansas farm with her aunt and uncle. She keeps getting in the way while the adults work, so she finds a quiet place where she won’t get into any trouble —Over The Rainbow. The girl is upset when the mean Miss Gulch comes to take her dog Toto away. However, Toto escapes and joins Dorothy as she runs away from the farm. They meet the kind Professor Marvel, who convinces Dorothy to go back home. When a cyclone hits, Dorothy and Toto seek shelter in her room, where Dorothy is accidentally hit on the head.
    When she wakes up, her house has been carried to The Land of Oz, where it lands on and fatally strikes the Wicked Witch of the East, freeing the Munchkins from the Witch’s power — Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead. The Wicked Witch of the West comes to avenge her sister’s death and to claim her sister’s magic ruby slippers, only to find them on Dorothy’s feet, where the Witch can’t get to them. Dorothy wants to go back home to Kansas, but the Munchkins tell her she must seek help from the Wizard of Oz. So Dorothy is off to see the Wizard — Yellow Brick Road.
    Along the way she meets three new friends and travel companions. The Scarecrow explains why he needs to see the Wizard in If I Only Had A Brain. The Tinman joins them because his life would be better If I Only Had A Heart and the Lion comes along — If I Only Had The Nerve.
    The group reaches a haunted forest filled with jitterbugs that spook them and make them dance until they all collapse from exhaustion — Jitterbug. Then they arrive at the Merry Old Land Of Oz, but the Wizard refuses at first to meet them. The Wicked Witch threatens them again, and they are finally brought to see the Wizard, who will help them only if they prove themselves worthy by bringing him the Witch’s broomstick. So off the foursome goes, through a haunted forest to the land of the Winkies, who guard the Wicked Witch’s castle.
    In the forest some winged monkeys capture Dorothy and Toto and take them to the castle, where the Wicked Witch again fails to get the ruby slippers off Dorothy’s feet and threatens to drown Toto. But Toto escapes, just as the Lion, Scarecrow and Tinman come to rescue Dorothy. The Wicked Witch becomes even meaner and threatens the Scarecrow with fire on her broomstick. Dorothy throws a bucket of water at the fire and ends up dousing the Wicked Witch, who screams and melts into nothing. — Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead. The foursome take the broomstick back to the Wizard, who is revealed as just an ordinary man hiding behind a curtain.
    At a graduation ceremony, the Wizard makes the Scarecrow a Doctor of Thinkology, the Lion a member of the Legion of Courage and gives the Tinman a heart-shaped watch. He offers to take Dorothy back to Kansas in his hot-air balloon, but the balloon accidentally takes off without Dorothy and Toto. The good witch Glinda explains to Dorothy how to get home: All she has to do is close her eyes, tap her heels together three times and repeat “there’s no place like home.”
    Back in Kansas the storm is over. Dorothy wakes up confused, but soon realizes that there really is “no place like home.”

    By L. Frank Baum
    With Music and Lyrics
    by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
    Background Music by Herbert Stothart
    Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
    Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
    Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
    Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by
    Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by
    Warner Bros.
    Adaptation and support materials for the Young Performers’ Edition
    Developed by iTheatrics
    Under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald

    Except for the credits for John Kane, Peter Howard and Larry Wilcox, the above credits for all purposes shall be in type size equal to that of any other credits except for those of the star of the show. The credits for John Kane, Peter Howard and Larry Wilcox shall at all times be in a type size two thirds of the size of the credit afforded to the other authors of the play as set forth above. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof. No name of any person or company except the Licensee, principal sponsors and/or the star(s) of the Licensee’s production shall appear above the title or above the foregoing credits to the authors. The name of Herbert Stothart must be included in the authors’ credits

    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

    is presented by arrangement with
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • WIZARD OF OZ YPE is presented with the Performance CD that is supplied with the rehearsal materials.

  • 1  Director’s Production Guide
    1  Piano-Vocal Score
    30 Young Performer’s Books
    1  Disc Set, consisting of:
          Sing-Along CD
          Performance CD
          Choreography DVD

    Optional Additional Materials

    1 Tams Rehearsal Aid

    Production Kit

    Young Performer’s Books, containing the complete script and all vocal material adapted to the musical range of developing voices.
    Sing-Along CD, to help your cast learn the songs.
    Performance CD, with orchestral accompaniment for your production.
    Choreography DVD, containing simple, effective dance steps and staging ideas for selected songs.
    Piano-Vocal Score, as an additional rehearsal tool.
    Production Guide, complete with background material, directorial pointers, details on incorporating the show’s production into the school curriculum and suggestions for involving your community at large.

  • Dorothy
    Aunt Em
    Uncle Henry
    Hickory (Tin Man)
    Zeke (Lion)
    Hunk (Scarecrow)
    Miss Gulch
    Professor Marvel
    Rowboat Man #1
    Rowboat Man #2
    Toto (Dog)
    Munchkin #1
    Munchkin #2
    Munchkin #3
    City Father #1
    City Father #2
    Three Tots
    Wicked Witch
    Apple Tree #1
    Apple Tree #2
    Apple Tree #3
    Tin Man
    Emerald City Chorus
    Oz Woman
    Oz’s Voice
    Nikko, leader of the winged monkeys
    Winkie Guards
    Oz People

  • A special adaptation of the classic musical, Wizard of Oz, designed specifically for presentation by elementary and middle school students.

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    Chapman School PORTLAND, OR 06/01/2016 06/02/2016
    Cynwyd Elementary Home & School Assoc. BALA CYNWYD, PA 06/01/2016 06/02/2016
    Hoosic Valley Elementary School SCHAGHTICOKE, NY 06/02/2016 06/03/2016
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    Chaboya Middle School SAN JOSE, CA 06/03/2016 06/03/2016
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    Keystone Academy Charter School PHILADELPHIA, PA 06/03/2016 06/04/2016
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    Larkspur Public School BRAMPTON, ON 06/09/2016 06/09/2016
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    Center Stage Children's Theater SAN DIEGO, CA 06/10/2016 06/19/2016
    Favarh Players CANTON, CT 06/10/2016 06/12/2016
    St. Nicholas School TORONTO, ON 06/14/2016 06/14/2016
    Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center KATY, TX 06/17/2016 06/18/2016
    Ascension Episcopal Church DALLAS, TX 06/17/2016 06/17/2016
    Child's Play Theatre Company MONTGOMERY, MN 06/18/2016 06/18/2016
    Applause New York NEW YORK, NY 06/23/2016 06/24/2016
    Creative Kids Playhouse Theatre of O.C. MISSION VIEJO, CA 06/23/2016 06/24/2016
    Sandhills Theatre Arts Renaissance Sch VASS, NC 06/24/2016 06/24/2016
    Gateway Center for the Arts DEBARY, FL 06/24/2016 06/25/2016
    Lundstrum Center for the Arts MINNEAPOLIS, MN 06/29/2016 06/30/2016
    Calverton School HUNTINGTOWN, MD 06/30/2016 06/30/2016
    Young People's Center for Creative Arts EAST HAMPTON, CT 06/30/2016 07/01/2016
    Mugglebee Theatre REDWOOD CITY, CA 06/30/2016 08/04/2016
    Baton Rouge Recreation & Park Commission BATON ROUGE, LA 07/01/2016 07/01/2016
    Actors Conservatory Theatre LEWISVILLE, TX 07/08/2016 07/17/2016
    Everett Theatre MIDDLETOWN, DE 07/08/2016 07/09/2016
    Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School OAK PARK, IL 07/14/2016 07/16/2016
    Young Starrs Theater Company AMBLER, PA 07/14/2016 07/16/2016
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    Blessed Mother Theresa Parish DEPEW, NY 07/16/2016 07/17/2016
    Ellis County Children's Theater WAXAHACHIE, TX 07/16/2016 07/16/2016
    Lewiston Civic Theatre LEWISTON, ID 07/21/2016 08/07/2016
    High Street Arts Center MOORPARK, CA 07/21/2016 07/24/2016
    First Christian Church OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 07/22/2016 07/24/2016
    Christian Youth Theatre Upstate ANDERSON, SC 07/22/2016 07/22/2016
    Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County BELLPORT, NY 07/22/2016 08/05/2016
    Westmoreland Sanctuary MT. KISCO, NY 07/22/2016 07/24/2016
    McKinney Youth Theatre PLANO, TX 07/22/2016 07/31/2016
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    Wyckoff Family YMCA WYCKOFF, NJ 07/28/2016 07/28/2016
    Rivertown Theaters of the Perf. Arts KENNER, LA 07/28/2016 07/31/2016
    Queen of Peace Church ARDSLEY, PA 07/28/2016 07/30/2016
    Road Company Theatre Group,Inc TURNERSVILLE, NJ 07/28/2016 07/30/2016
    TRYPS COLUMBIA, MO 07/29/2016 07/31/2016
    York Little Theatre YORK, PA 07/29/2016 07/29/2016
    Broadway Bound Kids NEW YORK, NY 07/29/2016 07/29/2016
    Summerstage at The Outfit ATLANTA, GA 07/29/2016 07/30/2016
    Quaker Hill Young Players PAWLING, NY 07/29/2016 07/30/2016
    Wachusett Theatre Company FITCHBERG, MA 07/30/2016 07/31/2016
    Midcoast Youth Theatre BRUNSWICK, ME 08/11/2016 08/13/2016
    Young Artists Initiative SAINT PAUL, MN 08/11/2016 08/14/2016
    Town of Cheshire CHESHIRE, CT 08/12/2016 08/13/2016
    Artistic Horizon STATE COLLEGE, PA 08/12/2016 08/13/2016
    Morrow Memorial Theatre Camp MAPLEWOOD, NJ 08/13/2016 08/14/2016
    The Nantucket Dreamland NANTUCKET, MA 08/17/2016 08/23/2016
    Canterbury Woods Elementary School ANNANDALE, VA 08/18/2016 08/18/2016
    Scranton Cultural Center SCRANTON, PA 08/19/2016 08/20/2016
    Legacy Traditional School NW Campus TUCSON, AZ 08/21/2016 08/23/2016
    Hampden Children's Theater HAMPDEN, MA 09/16/2016 09/24/2016
    Pine Street School SPARTANBURG, SC 10/02/2016 10/03/2016
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    Crestview Middle School CLARKSON VALLEY, MO 11/16/2016 11/18/2016
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