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 actors. 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.

This classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations.

*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, a young girl living on a Kansas farm with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, dreams of escaping her mundane life (“Over The Rainbow). The family’s mean neighbor, Miss Gulch, threatens to impound Dorothy’s cherished dog, Toto, so Dorothy and Toto run away. They meet up with kindly Professor Marvel, who subtly convinces Dorothy to return home. Suddenly a cyclone hits, and Dorothy and Toto, seeking shelter in the house, are transported to the Land of Oz.

    In Oz, Dorothy is greeted by Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Apparently, Dorothy’s house has landed upon – and fatally stricken – the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins, now freed from the Wicked Witch of the East, celebrate and hail Dorothy as their new heroine (“Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead/Munchkin Musical Sequence”). The celebration is interrupted as the Wicked Witch of the West suddenly appears, seeking vengeance. Unable to reclaim her sister’s shoes, which are now on Dorothy’s feet, the Witch vows to return and quickly vanishes. Dorothy, seeking a way back home to Kansas, sets off to see the Wizard of Oz (“Follow the Yellow Brick Road”).

    Along the way, Dorothy meets three new friends, each of whom lacks a crucial characteristic: The Scarecrow (“If I Only Had A Brain”) The Tinman (“If I Only Had A Heart”) and the Lion (“If I Only Had The Nerve”). Together, the four new companions make their way towards Oz (“We’re Off To See The Wizard”). The Witch attempts to sedate the travelers with a poisonous field of poppies, but Glinda  reverses the spell with healing snowflakes (“Poppies/Optimistic Voices”).

    The travelers, arriving at the Emerald City, are delayed by a stubborn Gatekeeper, but Dorothy’s tears convince him to relent and let them in (“Merry Old Land Of Oz”). As the group awaits its audience with the Wizard, the Lion boasts he is “King Of The Forest.” Finally, they meet the imposing and irritable Wizard, who demands the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West.

    The four friends travel deep into the haunted forest. Suddenly, they encounter jitterbugs, who make them dance until they collapse from exhaustion (“Jitterbug”). The Wicked Witch’s flying monkeys swoop down, capturing Dorothy and Toto. At the castle, the Witch vows to take Dorothy’s life. Meanwhile, the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tinman infiltrate the castle disguised as Winkie guards. The foursome and Toto are reunited, but the Wicked Witch interferes, threatening the Scarecrow with fire. Dorothy, dousing the flames with a bucket of water, accidentally strikes the Witch, who smoulders and melts into nothing (“Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead – Reprise”). The four friends, triumphant, take the Witch’s broom back to the Wizard.

    The Wizard remains imperious and imposing, but Toto pulls aside a curtain to reveal a meek and ordinary man speaking into a microphone. The Wizard, revealed to be a “humbug,” nonetheless grants each traveler’s request, giving the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Lion each a token of his newly-acquired ability. The Wizard offers to take Dorothy back to Kansas in his hot-air balloon, but the balloon accidentally takes off, and Dorothy is left alone and crestfallen. Glinda appears and explains that Dorothy has always had the power to return home. All she has to do is close her eyes, tap her heels together three times, and repeat to herself, “There’s no place like home.”

    Back in Kansas, Dorothy awakens, confused, with a bump on her head. Reunited with all her loved ones, and relieved to learn the storm has left Miss Gulch incapacitated by a broken leg, Dorothy shares the tale of her miraculous journey, celebrating the joy and healing power of 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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    Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance
    Church of Jesus Christ L.D.S. VIENNA, VA 08/26/2016 08/27/2016
    Hampden Children's Theater HAMPDEN, MA 09/16/2016 09/24/2016
    Dance Arts Conservatory Center WELLINGTON, FL 09/24/2016 09/25/2016
    First Christian Church OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 10/01/2016 10/02/2016
    Pine Street School SPARTANBURG, SC 10/02/2016 10/03/2016
    Second Stage KENSINGTON, MD 10/14/2016 10/23/2016
    The Classical Academy ESCONDIDO, CA 10/28/2016 10/30/2016
    Village Christian School SUN VALLEY, CA 10/28/2016 10/29/2016
    Gunnison Valley Middle School GUNNISON, UT 11/03/2016 11/05/2016
    Wampus Elementary School ARMONK, NY 11/04/2016 11/05/2016
    Morrison Family YMCA CHARLOTTE, NC 11/04/2016 11/06/2016
    Louisville High School LOUISVILLE, NE 11/05/2016 11/22/2016
    Tejeda Middle School SAN ANTONIO, TX 11/10/2016 11/12/2016
    Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts LOS ANGELES, CA 11/11/2016 12/18/2016
    Manchester Arts Center MANCHESTER, TN 11/14/2016 11/19/2016
    American Heritage High School DELRAY BEACH, FL 11/16/2016 11/17/2016
    Crestview Middle School CLARKSON VALLEY, MO 11/16/2016 11/18/2016
    Sundling Junior High School PALATINE, IL 11/17/2016 11/19/2016
    South Shore Charter School NORWELL, MA 11/18/2016 11/19/2016
    James Monroe Elementary School ISELIN, NJ 11/18/2016 11/18/2016
    Nipher Middle School KIRKWOOD, MO 11/19/2016 11/20/2016
    Les Productions Coup d'Choeur BROWNSBURG - CHATHAM, QC 11/20/2016 11/20/2016
    Burt Wood School of Performing Arts MIDDLEBORO, MA 12/01/2016 12/11/2016
    Windy Hill Middle School CLERMONT, FL 12/01/2016 12/02/2016
    C.A.S.T. Children's Theatre MANCHESTER, CT 12/02/2016 12/04/2016
    Nicasio School NICASIO, CA 12/08/2016 12/08/2016
    Christ the King Catholic School OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 12/08/2016 12/09/2016
    Brown School SCHENECTADY, NY 12/10/2016 12/11/2016
    The Cambridge Program CAMBRIDGE, MA 12/17/2016 12/18/2016
    Fort Lee School No 3 FORT LEE, NJ 12/21/2016 12/21/2016
    Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School PORT JERVIS, NY 01/20/2017 01/22/2017
    Sunrise Elementary School RANCHO CORDOVA, CA 01/25/2017 01/26/2017
    St. James Cathedral School ORLANDO, FL 01/26/2017 01/26/2017
    Hilburn Academy RALEIGH, NC 01/26/2017 01/28/2017
    St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School TACOMA, WA 02/02/2017 02/04/2017
    Legacy Traditional School CASA GRANDE, AZ 02/03/2017 02/04/2017
    Braddock Middle School CUMBERLAND, MD 02/03/2017 02/10/2017
    First United Methodist Church of Hurst HURST, TX 02/19/2017 02/19/2017
    Weaver Elementary School MERCED, CA 02/28/2017 03/04/2017
    Springton Lake Middle School MEDIA, PA 03/02/2017 03/04/2017
    West Liberty Middle School WEST LIBERTY, IA 03/02/2017 03/04/2017
    Penn Central Middle School PERKASIE, PA 03/03/2017 03/04/2017
    Aliso Viejo Elementary School ALISO VIEJO, CA 03/03/2017 03/04/2017
    Kalispell Middle School KALISPELL, MT 03/06/2017 03/08/2017
    Marcus Jewish Comm. Center of Atlanta DUNWOODY, GA 03/09/2017 03/19/2017
    Rogers Park Middle School BROOKFIELD, CT 03/09/2017 03/10/2017
    Pleasant Lea Middle School LEES SUMMIT, MO 03/09/2017 03/10/2017
    St. Mary's Elementary School ANNAPOLIS, MD 03/10/2017 03/11/2017
    Lyman Gilmore Middle School GRASS VALLEY, CA 03/10/2017 03/12/2017
    Children's Theatre of Cincinnati CINCINNATI, OH 03/10/2017 03/19/2017
    Monsignor Slade Catholic School GLEN BURNIE, MD 03/17/2017 03/18/2017
    Oakbrook Elementary School STERLING HEIGHTS, MI 03/17/2017 03/17/2017
    Nitschmann Middle School BETHLEHEM, PA 03/24/2017 03/26/2017
    Frank Augustus Miller Middle School RIVERSIDE, CA 03/24/2017 03/25/2017
    Thomas Harrison Middle School HARRISONBURG, VA 03/24/2017 03/28/2017
    Moore MST Middle School TYLER, TX 03/30/2017 03/31/2017
    R. P. Connor Elementary School SUFFERN, NY 03/31/2017 04/01/2017
    Matthew Thornton Elementary School LONDONDERRY, NH 03/31/2017 04/01/2017
    St. Mary Elementary School CRANSTON, RI 03/31/2017 04/02/2017
    Linden Hill Elementary School WILMINGTON, DE 04/05/2017 04/07/2017
    Neuse Charter School SMITHFIELD, NC 04/06/2017 04/06/2017
    Williamson Middle School WILLIAMSON, NY 04/07/2017 04/08/2017
    All Saints Regional Catholic School MANAHAWKIN, NJ 04/07/2017 04/08/2017
    Dallas City Elementary School #327 DALLAS CITY, IL 04/08/2017 04/09/2017
    Balmoral Hall School WINNIPEG, MB 04/20/2017 04/21/2017
    Ancillae-Assumpta Academy WYNCOTE, PA 04/20/2017 04/23/2017
    Caledonia Community Schools CALEDONIA, MI 04/21/2017 04/22/2017
    Abraham Pierson School CLINTON, CT 04/21/2017 04/22/2017
    Ecole Iles des Chenes School ILES DES CHENES, MB 04/25/2017 04/27/2017
    Andrew Jackson Middle School KERSHAW, SC 04/28/2017 04/29/2017
    Stages Bloomington BLOOMINGTON, IN 04/28/2017 04/30/2017
    Manatee Performing Arts Center BRADENTON, FL 04/29/2017 04/29/2017
    Old State Elementary School TOWNSEND, DE 05/05/2017 05/06/2017
    Elk Point Theatre Project ELK POINT, AB 05/06/2017 05/07/2017
    Walnut Hills Junior High School CINCINNATI, OH 05/11/2017 05/13/2017
    St. Lawrence Elementary School UTICA, MI 05/11/2017 05/13/2017
    St. Fabian Catholic School FARMINGTON HILLS, MI 05/19/2017 05/21/2017
    Triggs ELementary School NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV 05/19/2017 05/19/2017