The Wizard of Oz — Young Performers’ Edition

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This Young Performers’ Edition is a one-hour adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ, specially tailored for elementary 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 young cast and crew 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
Photos 1 & 2 courtesy of Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol, PA
Photos 3 & 4 courtesy of Lakeland Hills Elementary School, Auburn, WA

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  • 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 meets 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 smolders 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
    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:

    THE WIZARD OF OZ
    is presented by arrangement with
    TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • THE WIZARD OF OZ Young Performers’ Edition is presented with the fully orchestrated Performance CD supplied with your 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

     

    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
    Farmhands
    Hickory (Tin Man)
    Zeke (Lion)
    Hunk (Scarecrow)
    Miss Gulch
    Professor Marvel
    Rowboat Man #1
    Rowboat Man #2
    Toto (Dog)
    Glinda
    Munchkin #1
    Munchkin #2
    Munchkin #3
    Mayor
    Barrister
    City Father #1
    City Father #2
    Coroner
    Three Tots
    Wicked Witch
    Woman
    Scarecrow
    Crows
    Apple Tree #1
    Apple Tree #2
    Apple Tree #3
    Tin Man
    Lion
    Jitterbugs
    Doorman
    Emerald City Chorus
    Oz Woman
    Guard
    Oz’s Voice
    Nikko, leader of the winged monkeys
    Winkie Guards
    Leader
    Oz People

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

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    St. John's School HOUSTON, TX 10/11/2018 10/12/2018
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    Hockaday School DALLAS, TX 10/24/2018 10/26/2018
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    Mount Paran Christian School KENNESAW, GA 11/01/2018 11/03/2018
    Santa Fe Christian School SOLANA BEACH, CA 11/09/2018 11/11/2018
    Elim Christian Services - South Campus ORLAND PARK, IL 11/09/2018 11/09/2018
    Delta Woods Middle School LEES SUMMIT, MO 11/15/2018 11/17/2018
    Gettysburg Community Theatre GETTYSBURG, PA 11/16/2018 11/18/2018
    Island Theater Company MARCO ISLAND, FL 11/16/2018 11/18/2018
    Urban Middle School SHEBOYGAN, WI 11/29/2018 11/29/2018
    Vernon Middle School MARION, IA 11/30/2018 12/01/2018
    Hudson Middle School HUDSON, OH 11/30/2018 12/01/2018
    Loara Elementary ANAHEIM, CA 12/07/2018 12/08/2018
    Jewish Community Centers Association ST. LOUIS, MO 12/12/2018 12/16/2018
    Eagle Ridge Elementary School FORT WORTH, TX 12/12/2018 12/14/2018
    Covington Integrated Arts Academy COVINGTON, TN 12/15/2018 12/15/2018
    Mountain Dream Productions VICTORIA, BC 01/25/2019 01/27/2019
    Venue Theatre Company CONIFER, CO 01/25/2019 01/27/2019
    Highland Elementary School CHESHIRE, CT 02/08/2019 02/10/2019
    Mountain View Elementary HARRISBURG, PA 02/22/2019 02/23/2019
    Big Rapids Middle School BIG RAPIDS, MI 02/22/2019 02/23/2019
    North Hills Christian Middle School VALLEJO, CA 03/01/2019 03/01/2019
    Clement Middle School REDLANDS, CA 03/01/2019 03/02/2019
    Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary School DECATUR, AL 03/08/2019 03/09/2019
    Dare to Defy Productions, LLC CENTERVILLE, OH 03/08/2019 03/09/2019
    Timber Lakes Elementary School ORLANDO, FL 03/08/2019 03/09/2019
    Oak Grove Middle School BLOOMINGTON, MN 03/14/2019 03/16/2019
    HarborSide Productions LLC NORTHPORT, NY 03/24/2019 04/29/2019
    Alpine Vista Middle School TULARE, CA 03/26/2019 03/29/2019
    St. Pius X Catholic School INDIANAPOLIS, IN 03/26/2019 03/27/2019
    Our Lady of Mercy Academy PARK RIDGE, NJ 04/05/2019 04/07/2019
    Briarcrest Christian Middle School EADS, TN 04/05/2019 04/07/2019
    Prescott South Middle School COOKEVILLE, TN 04/05/2019 04/13/2019
    Keyser Middle School KEYSER, WV 04/11/2019 04/14/2019
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    Blue Mountain Middle School ORWIGSBURG, PA 04/19/2019 04/21/2019
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