Play the Songs
- "The Wizard of Oz" Opening YPE
- Over the Rainbow YPE (rehearsal)
- Over the Rainbow YPE (performance)
- The Cyclone YPE (rehearsal)
- The Cyclone YPE (performance)
- Munchkinland YPE (rehearsal)
- Munchkinland Musical Sequence YPE (rehearsal)
- Munchkinland Musical Sequence YPE (performance)
- Yellow Brick Road YPE (rehearsal)
- Yellow Brick Road
- If I Only Had a Brain YPE (rehearsal)
- If I Only Had a Brain YPE (performance)
- If I Only Had a Heart YPE (rehearsal)
- If I Only Had a Heart YPE (performance)
- If I Only Had the Nerve YPE (rehearsal)
- If I Only Had the Nerve YPE (performance)
- Jitterbug YPE (rehearsal)
- Jitterbug YPE (performance)
- Optimistic Voices YPE (rehearsal)
- Optimistic Voices YPE (performance)
- The Merry Old Land of Oz YPE (rehearsal)
- The Merry Old Land of Oz YPE (performance)
- If I Were King of the Forest YPE (rehearsal)
- If I Were King of the Forest YPE (performance)
- Winkies March YPE (rehearsal)
- Winkies March YPE (performance)
- Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead YPE (rehearsal)
- Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead YPE (performance)
- Balloon Ascension YPE (rehearsal)
- Balloon Ascension YPE (performance)
- No Place Like Home YPE (rehearsal)
- No Place Like Home YPE (performance)
- Finale YPE (rehearsal)
- Finale YPE (performance)
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.
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.
*Music samples provided courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
- Rehearsal Materials
- Cast List
- Brief History
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.”
THE WIZARD OF OZ
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
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
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THE WIZARD OF OZ
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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:
1 Sing-Along CD
1 Performance CD
1 Choreography DVD
Optional Additional Materials
1 Tams Rehearsal Aid
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.
Hickory (Tin Man)
Rowboat Man #1
Rowboat Man #2
City Father #1
City Father #2
Apple Tree #1
Apple Tree #2
Apple Tree #3
Emerald City Chorus
Nikko, leader of the winged monkeys
A special adaptation of the classic musical, Wizard of Oz, designed specifically for presentation by elementary and middle school students.
Find upcoming performances near you.
Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance Young Actors Workshop LA JOLLA, CA 07/02/2015 07/31/2015 Marquee Theatrical Productions AURORA, ON 07/23/2015 08/21/2015 Kidz Kabaret LAFAYETTE, LA 07/24/2015 08/02/2015 Mainstages ASTORIA, NY 07/29/2015 07/29/2015 Fontbonne Academy MILTON, MA 07/30/2015 07/30/2015 Centre Stage, Inc. MONROVIA, CA 07/30/2015 08/01/2015 Deborah Glenn Drama And Vocals PURCELLVILLE, NJ 07/30/2015 08/01/2015 Holstein Drama Group HOLSTEIN, ON 07/30/2015 07/31/2015 Seattle Musical Theatre SEATTLE, WA 07/31/2015 08/01/2015 School District of La Crosse LA CROSSE, WI 07/31/2015 08/01/2015 Community Counseling Services STARKVILLE, MS 07/31/2015 07/31/2015 St. Michael's College COLCHESTER, VT 07/31/2015 08/02/2015 Bamtheatre HINSDALE, IL 08/07/2015 08/09/2015 6th Street Playhouse SANTA ROSA, CA 08/07/2015 08/09/2015 Marquee Youth Stage SAINT CHARLES, IL 08/08/2015 08/08/2015 Up In Lights Productions Inc. LOVELAND, CO 08/10/2015 08/12/2015 The Meher School LAFAYETTE, CA 08/10/2015 08/14/2015 Crestwood Country Day School MELVILLE, NY 08/12/2015 08/13/2015 Polaris Productions NEW YORK, NY 08/14/2015 08/14/2015 Broadway For Kids CINCINNATI, OH 08/14/2015 08/14/2015 Scituate Recreation Department SCITUATE, MA 08/14/2015 08/14/2015 Encore Stage & Studio ARLINGTON, VA 08/20/2015 08/21/2015 Hickman Charter School HICKMAN, CA 09/18/2015 10/10/2015 Paul Kinder Middle School BLUE SPRINGS, MO 10/15/2015 10/17/2015 Franke Center for the Arts MARSHALL, MI 10/16/2015 10/18/2015 Fort Lauderdale High School FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 11/03/2015 11/04/2015 Effingham Junior High School EFFINGHAM, IL 11/05/2015 11/08/2015 Stockbridge Valley Central School MUNNSVILLE, NY 11/06/2015 11/07/2015 Audience of One Theater LITTLETON, CO 11/06/2015 11/07/2015 All The World's A Stage CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI 11/07/2015 11/07/2015 Chesapeake Bay Middle School PASADENA, MD 11/12/2015 11/14/2015 Heidelberg University Community TIFFIN, OH 11/14/2015 11/15/2015 Fort Zumwalt West Middle School O'FALLON, MO 11/20/2015 11/21/2015 John Barclay Elementary School WARRINGTON, PA 12/02/2015 12/04/2015 Woodglen Elementary School NEW CITY, NY 12/03/2015 12/04/2015 Country Side Elem. School Dram Club SURPRISE, AZ 12/10/2015 12/11/2015 Lexington Middle School LEXINGTON, SC 12/10/2015 12/12/2015 Columbia Elementary School MADISON, AL 01/29/2016 01/30/2016 Vista Murrieta High School MURRIETA, CA 02/18/2016 02/20/2016 Broadway Theatre of Pitman PITMAN, NJ 02/18/2016 02/20/2016 Riverview Elementary School SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT 02/24/2016 02/26/2016 York Suburban Middle School YORK, PA 02/26/2016 02/27/2016 Millenium Musicians ORANGE CITY, FL 03/02/2016 03/04/2016 Jane Addams JHS SCHAUMBURG, IL 03/04/2016 03/05/2016 St. George Episcopal School SAN ANTONIO, TX 03/04/2016 03/05/2016 Christ the King Junior High School LEDUC, AB 03/09/2016 03/11/2016 William McKinley Intermediate School 259 BROOKLYN, NY 03/10/2016 03/11/2016 St. Francis Xavier School BUFFALO, MN 03/11/2016 03/13/2016 Pike County Elementary School ZEBULON, GA 03/17/2016 03/20/2016 Noonan Academy MOKENA, IL 03/18/2016 03/20/2016 Oley Valley Middle School OLEY, PA 03/18/2016 03/19/2016 Roth Middle School HENRIETTA, NY 03/18/2016 03/19/2016 Glen Meadow School VERNON, NJ 03/22/2016 03/23/2016 Trumann High School TRUMANN, AR 04/08/2016 04/09/2016 Maret School WASHINGTON, DC 04/15/2016 04/16/2016 Holmes Middle School ALEXANDRIA, VA 04/15/2016 04/17/2016 Great Expectations Academy SAHUARITA, AZ 04/15/2016 04/16/2016 Fisher Middle School EWING, NJ 04/16/2016 04/18/2016 Vincent Farm Elementary School WHITE MARSH, MD 05/05/2016 05/06/2016 Washington Township Recreation Center CENTERVILLE, OH 05/06/2016 05/22/2016 Cambridge School PENNINGTON, NJ 05/21/2016 05/21/2016 Jewish Academy of Orlando MAITLAND, FL 05/26/2016 05/26/2016