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
Our blog now contains How-To Guides, illustrating advanced editing features of Tams Rehearsal Aid.
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.
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:
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 Knoxville Children's Theatre KNOXVILLE, TN 07/22/2017 07/30/2017 Majestic Theatre CORVALLIS, OR 07/27/2017 07/29/2017 Columbian Theatre & Art Center WAMEGO, KS 07/27/2017 07/30/2017 Orangeburg Part-Time Players ORANGEBURG, SC 07/27/2017 07/30/2017 Crispell Middle School PINE BUSH, NY 07/27/2017 07/28/2017 Lamorinda Theatre Academy LAFAYETTE, CA 07/28/2017 08/05/2017 Rock Ridge High School ASHBURN, VA 07/28/2017 07/28/2017 St. Marguerite Parish BROOKFIELD, CT 07/28/2017 07/29/2017 Brooklyn Acting Lab BROOKLYN, NY 07/28/2017 07/28/2017 Camp Caldwell ORANGEVILLE, PA 07/28/2017 07/28/2017 Skokie Park District SKOKIE, IL 08/02/2017 08/02/2017 Bay Street Players, Inc. EUSTIS, FL 08/03/2017 08/06/2017 Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 08/03/2017 08/03/2017 Columbia County Youth Theatre CHATHAM, NY 08/04/2017 08/19/2017 High Vista Amenity Association MILLS RIVER, NC 08/04/2017 08/04/2017 Capachione School of Performing Arts EAST BRIDGEWATER, MA 08/04/2017 08/04/2017 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 Camps Airy and Louise BALTIMORE, MD 08/07/2017 08/07/2017 Boys & Girls Club of Raleigh RALEIGH, NC 08/10/2017 08/10/2017 Music Training Center Marlton MARLTON, NJ 08/11/2017 08/11/2017 Temple Theatre Company, Inc. SANFORD, NC 08/11/2017 08/13/2017 State University of New York at Fredonia FREDONIA, NY 08/12/2017 08/12/2017 Music Training Center CONSHOHOCKEN, PA 08/18/2017 08/18/2017 Priscilla Beach Theatre PLYMOUTH, MA 08/18/2017 08/19/2017 Bravo! Creative Arts Productions FAIRPORT, NY 08/18/2017 08/19/2017 Rhino Theatre Group POMPTON LAKES, NJ 10/13/2017 10/22/2017 Stratford High School STRATFORD, WI 10/19/2017 10/22/2017 Sycamore Ridge Elementary School SAN DIEGO, CA 10/27/2017 10/28/2017 Limelight Theatre ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 10/27/2017 10/29/2017 Options for Youth High School SAN BERNARDINO, CA 11/02/2017 11/03/2017 San Jose Highly Gifted Magnet School MISSION HILLS, CA 11/03/2017 11/03/2017 Second Baptist School HOUSTON, TX 11/03/2017 11/04/2017 Upstage Theatre of Oklahoma Inc. EDMOND, OK 11/09/2017 11/11/2017 Standing Ovation Theatre Academy ROUND LAKE BEACH, IL 11/10/2017 11/11/2017 Nativity of Mary School INDEPENDANCE, MO 11/11/2017 11/12/2017 Valley Christian Middle School MISSOULA, MT 11/13/2017 11/14/2017 Hoffman Trails Elementary School HILLIARD, OH 11/16/2017 11/16/2017 Clay Middle School CARMEL, IN 11/16/2017 11/18/2017 Santa Fe R-X High School ALMA, MO 11/17/2017 11/19/2017 Houston International Theatre School HOUSTON, TX 12/01/2017 12/09/2017 StoryBook Theatre CALGARY, AB 12/08/2017 12/09/2017 The Performer's School HIGHLAND PARK, IL 12/09/2017 12/10/2017 Wicklund Elementary School MOUNTAIN HOUSE, CA 12/09/2017 12/09/2017 Hillside Middle School SIMI VALLEY, CA 12/15/2017 12/16/2017 Gold Coast Arts Center GREAT NECK, NY 12/17/2017 12/17/2017 Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue ENCINO, CA 01/23/2018 01/24/2018 UPS for Downs, NFP SCHAUMBURG, IL 02/01/2018 02/04/2018 Resurrection Catholic Elementary School CHERRY HILL, NJ 02/01/2018 02/03/2018 Hornell Intermediate School HORNELL, NY 02/02/2018 02/03/2018 Alamo Heights Junior School SAN ANTONIO, TX 02/07/2018 02/09/2018 St. Francis of Assisi Middle School ANN ARBOR, MI 02/09/2018 02/10/2018 Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY 02/09/2018 02/10/2018 Legacy Traditional School CHANDLER, AZ 02/16/2018 02/17/2018 Fern Hill School OAKVILLE, ON 02/21/2018 02/22/2018 Bender Performing Arts PHOENIX, AZ 02/23/2018 02/24/2018 Shakopee West Junior School SHAKOPEE, MN 02/23/2018 02/25/2018 Kingsway College School TORONTO, ON 02/28/2018 03/02/2018 Charles H. Boehm Middle School YARDLEY, PA 03/02/2018 03/03/2018 Virginia Samford Theatre BIRMINGHAM, AL 03/02/2018 03/11/2018 Original Kids Theatre Company LONDON, ON 03/08/2018 03/17/2018 Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. LYNBROOK, NY 03/13/2018 03/13/2018 Muir Elementary School BOUNTIFUL, UT 03/14/2018 03/17/2018 John Lewis Childs School FLORAL PARK, NY 03/15/2018 03/17/2018 Spruce Grove Composite High School SPRUCE GROVE, AB 03/16/2018 03/17/2018 Earl Smith Strand Theatre MARIETTA, GA 03/19/2018 03/22/2018 John F. Kennedy Elementary School WAYNE, NJ 03/22/2018 03/23/2018 St. Mary Middle School COLUMBUS, OH 03/22/2018 03/23/2018 North Middle School BRENTWOOD, NY 03/22/2018 03/23/2018 Chester Park Elementary School CHESTER, SC 03/27/2018 03/27/2018 The Piedmont Middle School HIGH POINT, NC 03/29/2018 03/29/2018 Dedham Elementary School DEDHAM, MA 04/07/2018 04/07/2018 Mother of Sorrows School LOS ANGELES, CA 04/12/2018 04/14/2018 Lehigh Valley Academy BETHLEHEM, PA 04/21/2018 04/22/2018 Matthews Middle School ISLAND LAKE, IL 04/24/2018 04/29/2018 Immaculate Heart of Mary School BURLINGTON, KY 04/27/2018 04/29/2018 Tampa Bay Performing Arts Academy PALM HARBOR, FL 05/04/2018 05/05/2018 Donegan Elementary School BETHLEHEM, PA 05/11/2018 05/11/2018 Crossroads Christian Schools CORONA, CA 05/11/2018 05/12/2018 Holy Cross School DEERFIELD, IL 05/16/2018 05/17/2018 Quincy Catholic Academy QUINCY, MA 05/17/2018 05/17/2018 Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Inc. JUPITER, FL 07/27/2018 07/28/2018 Gettysburg Community Theatre GETTYSBURG, PA 11/01/2018 11/18/2018