Play the Songs
- "The Wizard Of Oz" (R.S.C.) Overture
- Over The Rainbow
- The Twister
- If I Only Had A Brain
- If I Only Had A Heart
- We're Off To See The Wizard
- If I Only Had The Nerve
- Finale Act One
- The Merry Old Land Of Oz
- If I Were King Of The Forest
- The Jitterbug
- Winkies March
- Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
- Finale Act Two
Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.
There are two versions of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Both include the songs Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, If I Only Had The Nerve , We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road), The Jitterbug, and The Merry Old Land of Oz. The MUNY version has Evening Star. The RSC version also includes Poppies (Optimistic Voices) and If I Were King Of The Forest.
The MUNY version is the more theatrically conservative and employs its stage, actors, singers, dancers and musicians in traditional ways to tell Mr. Baum’s story. The story and the music are treated by the adapters as elements of a classic stage musical without reference to their use in the film.
The RSC version is a more technically complex production and uses as much of the aura of the film as is possible to create in a modern theatre. It is an adaption for live stage performance, even while it strives to look and sound just like the famous film, in telling the story. There is more work for the SATB chorus and small vocal ensembles in the music material for the RSC version.
Put a smile on everyone’s face with THE WIZARD OF OZ!
*Music samples provided courtesy of Jay Records and Sony/ATV.
Video demonstration of Tams Rehearsal Aid
- Rehearsal Materials
- Cast List
- Brief History
Dorothy Gale, a young girl who lives on a farm in Kansas with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, gets in the way while the adults try to work. She finds a quiet place where she won’t get into any trouble -Over The Rainbow. The girl is upset because their mean neighbor, Miss Gulch, presents her with a Sheriff’s summons for her cherished dog, Toto. Toto escapes from Miss Gultch’s bicycle basket and joins Dorothy as she runs away from the farm. They meet up with kind Professor Marvel, who convinces her to go back home. A cyclone hits the area, and Dorothy and Toto are locked out of the family’s storm cellar. They go into her room in the house, where Dorothy is accidently hit on the head. This begins their journey to the Land of Oz.
When she wakes up in Oz, Dorothy is greeted by Glinda, the Witch of the North (who has an uncanny resemblance to Aunt Em.) Upon landing, Dorothy’s house inadvertently lands on and fatally strikes the Wicked Witch of the East. This frees the Munchkins from the Wicked Witch of the East’s power, so they now consider Dorothy their heroine -Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead & Munchkin Musical Sequence. The Wicked Witch of the West (Miss Gulch) comes to avenge her sister’s death and to claim her sister’s magic ruby slippers, only to find that Glinda has already put them on Dorothy’s feet. The Wicked Witch of the West has a new challenge – to get those slippers for herself. Dorothy wants to go back home to Kansas, but the Munchkins tell her the only one who may help her get back home is the Wizard of Oz. So Dorothy is off to see the Wizard -Yellow Brick Road.
Along the way she meets three new friends and travel companions. The Scarecrow (Hunk, the first of Uncle Henry’s farmhands) explains why he needs to see the Wizard in If I Only Had A Brain. The Tinman (Hickory) joins them because his life would be better If I Only Had A Heart and the Lion (Zeke) comes along -If I Only Had The Nerve. All four sing We’re Off To See The Wizard.
The Wicked Witch of the West makes her second unsuccessful attempt to get Dorothy’s ruby slippers when Dorothy is with the Scarecrow and the Tinman. But she fails to scare them. Her next plan includes the Lion, and involves a beautiful field of poppies with a poisonous scent. Glinda rescues the travelers by turning the poppies into snowflakes -Poppies.
Our travelers arrive at the Emerald City to be discouraged from entering by the Gatekeeper (Uncle Henry). He finally lets them in -Merry Old Land Of Oz. Before they are allowed to meet the Wizard, the travelers must be cleaned up by the Osians. Even after they prepare for the meeting, the Wizard refuses to meet them. The Wicked Witch appears again. The lion fantasizes in King Of The Forest. The guard finally brings them to the Wizard, but the four friends must prove themselves worthy of the Wizard’s help by bringing him the Wicked Witch of the West’s broomstick. The only way to get her broomstick would be to kill her. So off the foursome goes, to the land of the Winkies (the Wicked Witch’s slaves) and the Wicked Witch’s castle.
The group is in the haunted forest filled with jitterbugs that spook them. The jitterbugs make them dance until they all collapse from exhaustion – Jitterbug and then the Wicked Witch’s flying monkeys swoop down and capture Dorothy and Toto. At the castle the Wicked Witch again fails to take the ruby slippers off Dorothy’s feet, so threatens Dorothy with her life. Toto manages to escape. The Lion, Scarecrow and Tinman recover from the poppies’ scent, and make it to the castle to rescue Dorothy. Toto meets them at the entrance, and they sneak in, wearing Winkie uniforms, as part of the Winkie army. The foursome and Toto are reunited, but the Wicked Witch prevents their escape. The Wicked Witch becomes even meaner and threatens the Scarecrow with fire on her broomstick. Dorothy throws a bucket of water at the fire and ends up dousing the Wicked Witch. The Wicked Witch screams, smoulders and shrinks. She melts into nothing. -Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead (reprise). The foursome take the broom back to the Wizard.
The Wizard is again reluctant to see the travelers, but Toto playfully pulls aside the curtain that separates the Wizard from them. An ordinary man (Professor Marvel) speaking into a microphone is revealed. As the Wizard he performs graduation exercises, giving the Scarecrow a Dr. of Thinkology, making the Lion a member of the Legion of Courage and giving the Tinman a heart-shaped watch. He offers to take Dorothy back to Kansas in his hot-air balloon. The balloon accidently takes off without Dorothy and Toto, but Glinda saves the day. She explains to Dorothy that all this time, Dorothy has had the power herself to go 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 the storm is over. Dorothy wakes up confused, with a bump on her head. She and Toto were not the only ones who had an adventure during the storm. Miss Gulch was hit by a telegraph pole and broke her leg. At least Miss Gulch won’t be bothering Toto for a while. Dorothy appreciates her family and friends even more than ever.
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
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
2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Flute, Piccolo and Recorder
1 Oboe and English Horn
1 Reed I – Alto Sax, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
1 Reed II – Tenor Sax, Flute & Clarinet
1 Reed III – Baritone Sax, Flute & Clarinet
1 Horn I & II
1 Trumpet I & II
1 Trombone (doubles Tuba for #22 only)
1 Piano, Celeste & Synthesizer
(Keyboard Synthesizer with registration for Honky-tonk Piano, Vibraphone, Strings, Celeste, Harpsichord, and Contrabass Clarinet.)
2 Percussion I & II
Timpani (2 Pedal Drums), Bells, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Chimes, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum/Cymbals Combo, Triangle, Tambourine, Ratchet, Spook Noises – ad lib. (or low Timp.), Siren, Temple Blocks (2 pitches), Mark Tree, Whistle, Anvil, Klaxon Horn, Gong, Steel SFX, Steel Drum (various pitches) and Metalic Objects (or Steel Drum ad lib.).
Trap Drum Set:
Snare Drum (brushes & sticks), Bass Drum, Tom Tom (2 pitches), Wood Block (2 pitches), Cow Bell (3 pitches), Triangle, Tam Tam, Spook Noises-ad lib., Cymbals-Hi-Hat, suspended, crash & ride, Metalic Objects (opt: various Cow Bells), Hollow Cylinder (opt: low pitch Cow Bell) and Chimes (Bb Eb F).
Piano-Conductor’s Score & Rehearsal Piano Score sent with Rehearsal Material
Optional additional materials are available
See list under Rehearsal Materials.
1 Prompt Book with Vocal Parts
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Rehearsal Score
1 Original Cast CD
30 Prompt Books with Vocal Parts for Cast & Chorus
Optional Additional Materials
1 Tams Rehearsal Aid.
1 Keyboard Synthesizer part as substitute for the upper Strings (Violin I, Violin II, Viola and Cello). Requires rental of the full orchestration.
1 Full Score (Partitur) in 2 volumes is available, at an additional charge, with the rental of the full orchestration. [SAMPLE]
(2 female; 4 male)
Glinda (doubles as Aunt Em/Emily Gale)
Scarecrow (doubles as Hunk — a farmhand)
Tinman (doubles as Hickory — a farmhand)
Lion (doubles as Zeke — a farmhand)
Emerald City Guard (doubles as Uncle Henry/Henry Gale)
From the Chorus
Three Crows — male trio
Three Trees — female trio
Three Munchkin Tots
Three Tough Munchkin Kids
Nikko — commander of monkeys
Popikins, Beauticians, Manicurists and Offstage Voices with the Orchestra — girls
Snowmen, Polishers and Winkies — boys
Miss Almira Gulch (doubles as Wicked Witch of the West)
Professor Chester Marvel (doubles as Wizard of Oz)
FOLLOWING IS FROM PROMPT BOOK CAST LIST FROM “MUNCHKINS” DOWN:
Munchkins: Citizens of Munchkinland
3 City Fathers
3 Tough Guys
2 School Teachers
Three Crows (MEN)
Three Trees (GIRLS)
Poppies & Snowmen (Chorus)
2 Oz Men
2 Oz Women
(Wizard of Oz)
Winkies (male chorus)
Nikko (Commander of Monkeys)
Jitterbug (Lead Dancer)
(Chorus) Jitterbugs & Ghosts
A version of WIZARD OF OZ based on the motion picture with book adaptations by Frank Gabrielson was presented by the Municipal Theatre of St. Louis in 1942. This second version with book adaptations by John Kane follows the famous motion picture even more closely and was presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Centre in London in 1987.
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Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance Rosebud Theatre ROSEBUD, AB 05/29/2015 09/05/2015 Western Washington Center for the Arts PORT ORCHARD, WA 08/07/2015 09/06/2015 Old Courthouse Theatre CONCORD, NC 08/27/2015 09/13/2015 Roswell Community Little Theatre ROSWELL, NM 08/28/2015 09/13/2015 Newnan Community Theatre Company NEWNAN, GA 09/03/2015 09/13/2015 Charleswood United Church Musicals WINNIPEG, MB 09/10/2015 09/12/2015 Opelika High School OPELIKA, AL 09/10/2015 09/20/2015 Southwest Playhouse CLINTON, OK 09/11/2015 09/20/2015 Seven Lakes High School KATY, TX 10/08/2015 10/10/2015 The Hurrah Players, Inc NORFOLK, VA 10/09/2015 10/11/2015 Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre TUSCALOOSA, AL 10/14/2015 10/18/2015 Main Street Theater Productions Inc. ROUND HILL, VA 10/16/2015 10/25/2015 St. Marys Children's Theatre ST. MARYS, GA 10/16/2015 10/25/2015 KJK Productions, Inc. JEFFERSON VALLEY, NY 10/17/2015 05/21/2016 Longmeadow High School LONGMEADOW, MA 10/19/2015 10/21/2015 Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. EVANSVILLE, IN 10/20/2015 10/21/2015 Alpena Civic Theatre ALPENA, MI 10/22/2015 11/01/2015 Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts MONROE, LA 10/22/2015 11/01/2015 Keller High School KELLER, TX 10/22/2015 10/25/2015 Jonesborough Repertory Theatre JONESBOROUGH, TN 10/23/2015 11/08/2015 University School of Jackson JACKSON, TN 10/24/2015 10/26/2015 Medomak Valley High School WALDOBORO, ME 10/29/2015 11/07/2015 Trinity Preparatory School WINTER PARK, FL 10/29/2015 10/31/2015 Forest Lake High School FOREST LAKE, MN 10/30/2015 11/08/2015 Kudzu Playhouse HERNANDO, MS 10/30/2015 11/08/2015 Children's Theatre Company MINNEAPOLIS, MN 11/04/2015 01/03/2016 Sauk Rapids-Rice High School SAUK RAPIDS, MN 11/05/2015 11/15/2015 Michigan Lutheran Seminary SAGINAW, MI 11/05/2015 11/08/2015 Westminstral Players INNERKIP, ON 11/05/2015 11/14/2015 Cookeville Children's Theatre COOKEVILLE, TN 11/05/2015 11/21/2015 Shawnee Community College ULLIN, IL 11/05/2015 11/07/2015 Ainsworth High School AINSWORTH, NE 11/06/2015 11/07/2015 Chambersburg Community Theatre CHAMBERSBURG, PA 11/06/2015 11/15/2015 Colonel Town Players LANCASTER, NH 11/06/2015 11/14/2015 Lincoln Northeast High School LINCOLN, NE 11/06/2015 11/08/2015 Horace Mann High School N FOND DU LAC, WI 11/06/2015 11/08/2015 Willow Manor Players JAMISON, PA 11/06/2015 11/14/2015 Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley MILFORD, NH 11/06/2015 11/15/2015 Sacred Hearts Academy HONOLULU, HI 11/06/2015 11/15/2015 Wagnalls Community Theater LITHOPOLIS, OH 11/06/2015 11/22/2015 River City Theatre Company SACRAMENTO, CA 11/06/2015 11/14/2015 Dike-New Hartford High School DIKE, IA 11/06/2015 11/07/2015 Spencer High School SPENCER, IA 11/06/2015 11/08/2015 Christian Youth Theatre SPOKANE VALLEY, WA 11/06/2015 11/15/2015 St. James High School ST. JAMES, MN 11/10/2015 11/14/2015 Mitchell High School COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 11/11/2015 11/14/2015 Hortonville High School HORTONVILLE, WI 11/11/2015 11/15/2015 St. John Theatre Company, Inc. ST. JOHN, NB 11/11/2015 11/15/2015 First Church in Belmont BELMONT, MA 11/12/2015 11/15/2015 Shrewsbury Community Theatre SHREWSBURY, MO 11/12/2015 11/15/2015 Hudson High School HUDSON, IA 11/12/2015 11/14/2015 Town of Bedford Recreation & Parks Dept. BEDFORD HILLS, NY 11/12/2015 11/22/2015 Legacy High School BISMARK, ND 11/12/2015 11/15/2015 Genesee Valley Central School BELMONT, NY 11/12/2015 11/14/2015 Howard W. Blake High School TAMPA, FL 11/12/2015 11/14/2015 John Glenn High School BAY CITY, MI 11/12/2015 11/15/2015 Amery High School AMERY, WI 11/13/2015 11/15/2015 Beaman-Conrad-Liscomb Union High School CONRAD, IA 11/13/2015 11/15/2015 Girard High School GIRARD, OH 11/13/2015 11/15/2015 Orrville Sr. High School ORRVILLE, OH 11/13/2015 11/15/2015 Touchet Valley Arts Council Prods Comm DAYTON, WA 11/13/2015 12/05/2015 Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart BUFFALO, NY 11/13/2015 11/15/2015 Springs Community Theatre Company EAST HAMPTON, NY 11/13/2015 11/22/2015 Honeoye Central School HONEOYE, NY 11/13/2015 11/15/2015 Telluride Public Schools TELLURIDE, CO 11/13/2015 11/15/2015 Family Residences & Essential Enterprise OLD BETHPAGE, NY 11/13/2015 11/15/2015 Queensville Players KESWICK, ON 11/13/2015 11/22/2015 Snow Productions WILMINGTON, NC 11/13/2015 11/21/2015 Eureka High School EUREKA, IL 11/13/2015 11/14/2015 Lexington Youth Theatre LEXINGTON, NC 11/13/2015 11/15/2015 Upper Main Line YMCA BERWYN, PA 11/13/2015 11/21/2015 Beachwood Recreation Department BEACHWOOD, OH 11/14/2015 12/06/2015 Community Theatre of Greensboro GREENSBORO, NC 11/14/2015 11/22/2015 Phoenix Theatre PHOENIX, AZ 11/18/2015 12/20/2015 William J. Brennan High School SAN ANTONIO, TX 11/18/2015 11/20/2015 ArtsView Children's Theatre LONGVIEW, TX 11/19/2015 11/22/2015 Warrensburg High School WARRENSBURG, MO 11/19/2015 11/21/2015 Waterville High School WATERVILLE, ME 11/19/2015 11/21/2015 Christian Youth Theater Waco WACO, TX 11/19/2015 11/21/2015 New Castle Playhouse NEW CASTLE, PA 11/20/2015 12/06/2015 Wilton Children's Theater WILTON, CT 11/20/2015 11/22/2015 Grace Christian School HUNTINGTON, WV 11/20/2015 11/21/2015 Farmington Hills Youth Theatre FARMINGTON HILLS, MI 11/20/2015 12/06/2015 Valley Lutheran School CEDAR FALLS, IA 11/20/2015 11/21/2015 Yarmouth Arts Regional Council YARMOUTH, NS 11/20/2015 11/28/2015 Glen Rose High School GLEN ROSE, TX 11/21/2015 11/24/2015 Spokane Children's Theatre SPOKANE, WA 11/27/2015 12/20/2015 New England Youth Theatre BRATTLEBORO, VT 12/03/2015 12/13/2015 Journey Arts Group VANCOUVER, WA 12/04/2015 12/13/2015 Rocklin Community Theatre ROCKLIN, CA 12/04/2015 12/20/2015 Henegar Center for the Arts MELBOURNE, FL 12/04/2015 12/20/2015 Blessed Sacrament Huguenot POWHATAN, VA 12/05/2015 12/07/2015 Flint Youth Theatre FLINT, MI 12/05/2015 12/20/2015 Becker High School BECKER, MN 12/10/2015 12/13/2015 Kenwood High School BALTIMORE, MD 12/10/2015 12/12/2015 Gateway Theatre RICHMOND, BC 12/10/2015 01/03/2016 Nardin Academy BUFFALO, NY 12/11/2015 12/13/2015 Harrisonville High School HARRISONVILLE, MO 12/17/2015 12/20/2015 From Stage to Screen Acting Studio HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY 01/16/2016 01/17/2016 The Carnegie COVINGTON, KY 01/21/2016 01/31/2016 Shawnigan Lake School SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC 01/21/2016 01/23/2016 Pius XI High School MILWAUKEE, WI 01/22/2016 01/24/2016 Kre8ive Fine Arts Academy ENERGY, IL 01/29/2016 01/31/2016 Spotlight Youth Theater CARY, IL 02/04/2016 02/07/2016 Downingtown Middle School DOWNINGTOWN, PA 02/05/2016 02/07/2016 Hendersonville Performing Arts Company HENDERSONVILLE, TN 02/11/2016 02/28/2016 Blair Academy BLAIRSTOWN, NJ 02/11/2016 02/13/2016 Shawnee Mission South High School OVERLAND PARK, KS 02/17/2016 02/20/2016 Nansemond-Suffolk Academy SUFFOLK, VA 02/18/2016 02/20/2016 Casa Grande Union High School CASA GRANDE, AZ 02/19/2016 02/21/2016 Spotswood High School PENN LAIRD, VA 02/25/2016 02/28/2016 River Valley Players Inc. ROCK RAPIDS, IA 02/26/2016 02/28/2016 City Of Palmdale PALMDALE, CA 03/04/2016 03/06/2016 Decatur High School DECATUR, AL 03/09/2016 03/12/2016 C.E. Byrd High School SHREVEPORT, LA 03/10/2016 03/13/2016 Peninsula Catholic High School NEWPORT NEWS, VA 03/10/2016 03/12/2016 St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Sch. 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SPRINGBORO, OH 07/06/2016 08/28/2016 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre FORT MYERS, FL 07/07/2016 08/13/2016 Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma Inc. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 07/12/2016 07/16/2016 Piedmont Players Theatre SALISBURY, NC 07/14/2016 07/23/2016 Albert Lea Community Theatre ALBERT LEA, MN 07/14/2016 07/23/2016 Rivertown Theaters of the Perf. Arts KENNER, LA 07/14/2016 07/24/2016 Matunuck Live Theatre MATUNUCK, RI 07/20/2016 08/13/2016 Candlelight Dinner Playhouse JOHNSTOWN, CO 07/21/2016 09/11/2016 Municipal Theatre Assn. of St. Louis ST. LOUIS, MO 07/27/2016 08/05/2016 Eau Claire Children's Theatre EAU CLAIRE, WI 07/27/2016 07/31/2016 Black Dirt Theater HASTINGS, MN 07/29/2016 08/07/2016 Beechmont Players, Inc. CINCINNATI, OH 08/05/2016 08/13/2016 Walnut Street Theatre Corp. PHILADELPHIA, PA 11/08/2016 01/08/2017