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

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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
    E.P. Ward Elementary School WALLINGFORD, KY 05/25/2017 05/26/2017
    St. John Villa Academy Elementary School STATEN ISLAND, NY 05/26/2017 05/26/2017
    Fernforest Public School BRAMPTON, ON 05/27/2017 05/27/2017
    Portage Park Elementary School CHICAGO, IL 05/30/2017 06/01/2017
    Morgan Road Elementary School LIVERPOOL, NY 06/01/2017 06/01/2017
    California Arts Academy FRESNO, CA 06/02/2017 06/11/2017
    Fisher Island Day School MIAMI BEACH, FL 06/02/2017 06/02/2017
    St. Robert Catholic High School THORNHILL, ON 06/02/2017 06/02/2017
    Andrews Middle School MEDFORD, MA 06/02/2017 06/03/2017
    Wagner College STATEN ISLAND, NY 06/02/2017 06/04/2017
    J&S Performing Arts Center VACAVILLE, CA 06/02/2017 06/03/2017
    St. Vincent de Paul School FEDERAL WAY, WA 06/02/2017 06/03/2017
    PS 18 Winchester School QUEENS VILLAGE, NY 06/02/2017 06/03/2017
    Wilkinson School EL GRANADA, CA 06/02/2017 06/02/2017
    Berwick Academy SOUTH BERWICK, ME 06/03/2017 06/04/2017
    St. Joseph Elementary School PORT ELGIN, ON 06/07/2017 06/08/2017
    Broadway Edge Studio DELTA, BC 06/08/2017 06/10/2017
    Montebello Park Elementary LOS ANGELES, CA 06/08/2017 06/09/2017
    Hawthorne Village Elementary School MILTON, ON 06/08/2017 06/08/2017
    Campbellsville University CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY 06/09/2017 06/11/2017
    Crossroads Academy LYME, NH 06/09/2017 06/10/2017
    Asheville Performing Arts Academy ASHEVILLE, NC 06/10/2017 06/10/2017
    Mentor College MISSISSAUGA, ON 06/13/2017 06/14/2017
    Wayne County Perf. Arts Council WOOSTER, OH 06/16/2017 06/25/2017
    Westmount Elementary School THUNDER BAY, ON 06/20/2017 06/21/2017
    Chagrin Falls Middle School CHAGRIN FALLS, OH 06/23/2017 06/23/2017
    Quincy Music Theatre QUINCY, FL 06/29/2017 06/30/2017
    Spotlight Studios for the Perf. Arts FAIRPORT, NY 07/07/2017 07/09/2017
    Oregon Community Theatre OREGON, OH 07/13/2017 07/16/2017
    Children's Theater of Madison MADISON, WI 07/20/2017 07/21/2017
    Chebeague Recreation Center CHEBEAGUE ISLAND, ME 07/21/2017 07/22/2017
    Columbian Theatre & Art Center WAMEGO, KS 07/27/2017 07/30/2017
    Brooklyn Acting Lab BROOKLYN, NY 07/28/2017 07/28/2017
    Lamorinda Theatre Academy LAFAYETTE, CA 07/28/2017 08/05/2017
    Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 08/03/2017 08/03/2017
    Capachione School of Performing Arts EAST BRIDGEWATER, MA 08/04/2017 08/04/2017
    Columbia County Youth Theatre CHATHAM, NY 08/04/2017 08/19/2017
    Broadway Theatre of Pitman PITMAN, NJ 08/05/2017 08/06/2017
    South Tulsa Children's Ballet TULSA, OK 08/06/2017 08/06/2017
    Music Training Center Marlton MARLTON, NJ 08/11/2017 08/11/2017
    Temple Theatre Company, Inc. SANFORD, NC 08/11/2017 08/13/2017
    Priscilla Beach Theatre PLYMOUTH, MA 08/18/2017 08/19/2017
    StoryBook Theatre CALGARY, AB 12/08/2017 12/09/2017
    Virginia Samford Theatre BIRMINGHAM, AL 03/02/2018 03/11/2018
    KidsActing AUSTIN, TX 04/01/2018 06/30/2018
    Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Inc. JUPITER, FL 07/27/2018 07/28/2018