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 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.
- Rehearsal Materials
- Cast List
- Brief History
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.
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
The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:
THE WIZARD OF OZ
is presented by arrangement with
TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
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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:
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.
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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