The Wizard of Oz — Young Performers’ Edition


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
  • Materials
  • Cast
  • History
  • Musical Numbers
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  • 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.


    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
    Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company

    Additionally, you agree to include the above language hyperlinked to on all websites on which you promote the play.

  • THE WIZARD OF OZ Young Performers’ Edition is presented with the fully orchestrated Performance Tracks provided with your rehearsal materials.

  • 1 Director’s Production Guide
    1 Piano/Vocal Score
    30 Young Performers’ Books
    1 Digital resource download, consisting of:
      · Sing-Along Tracks
      · Performance Tracks
      · Choreography Videos

    Production Kit Description

    Young Performers’ Books containing the complete script and all vocal material.
    Piano/Vocal Score as an additional rehearsal tool.
    Production Guide containing a wealth of background material, directorial pointers, details on incorporating the show’s production into the school curriculum and suggestions for involving your community at large.

    Digital Download:

    • Sing-Along Tracks to help your cast learn the songs.
    • Performance Tracks with orchestral accompaniment for your production.
    • Choreography Videos containing simple, effective dance steps and staging ideas for selected songs.
  • 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 THE WIZARD OF OZ, designed specifically for presentation by elementary and middle school students.

  • 1. Opening
    2. “Over the Rainbow” – Dorothy
    3. Miss Gulch – Orchestra
    4. Incidental (Part 1) – Orchestra
    5. Incidental (Part 2) – Orchestra
    6. The Cyclone – Orchestra
    7. Munchkinland – Orchestra
    8. I’m Not a Witch – Orchestra
    9. Munchkinland Musical Sequence (Part 1) – Glinda, Munchkins, Dorothy, Mayor, Barrister, City Fathers
    10. Munchkinland Musical Sequence (Part 2) – Munchkins, Tots, Tough Kids, Mayor, Barrister, City Father
    11. The Slippers – Orchestra
    12. There They Are – Orchestra
    13. Witch Disappears – Orchestra
    14. Leaving Munchkinland – Orchestra
    15. “Yellow Brick Road” – Mayor, Coroner, Munchkins
    16. Playoff: Yellow Brick Road – Orchestra
    17. Scarecrow Fall – Orchestra
    18. “If I Only Had a Brain” – Scarecrow & Dorothy
    19. “We’re Off to See the Wizard Duet” – Dorothy, Scarecrow, & Crows
    20. Playoff: We’re Off to See the Wizard – Orchestra
    21. Apple Throwing – Orchestra
    22. “If I Only Had a Heart” – Tin Man, Dorothy, Scarecrow
    23. Witch On Roof (Part 1) – Orchestra
    24. Witch On Roof (Part 2) – Orchestra
    25. “We’re Off to See the Wizard Trio” – Dorothy, Scarecrow, & Tin Man
    26. Lions, Tigers and Bears – Orchestra
    27. “If I Only Had the Nerve” – Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow, & Dorothy
    28. The Haunted Forest – Orchestra
    29. “Jitterbug” – Jitterbugs
    30. “Optimistic Voices” – Girls Chorus
    31. “The Merry Old Land of Oz” – Emerald City Chorus, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Toto
    32. SFX Message For the Girl – Orchestra
    33. Surrender Dorothy – Orchestra
    34. “If I Were King of the Forest” – Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Dorothy
    35. Magic Smoke Chords – Orchestra
    36. Lion’s Running Exit – Orchestra
    37. Witch’s Castle One Mile – Orchestra
    38. Bring Me That Girl – Orchestra
    39. Winged Monkeys – Orchestra
    40. SFX I Knew You’d See Reason – Orchestra
    41. Toto’s Escape – Orchestra
    42. Hour Glass – Orchestra
    43. “Winkies March” – Winkies
    44. Reprise: “Over the Rainbow” – Dorothy, Aunt Em
    45. Reprise: “Winkies March” – Winkie Guards
    46. Witch Returns – Orchestra
    47. Witchmelt – Orchestra
    48. “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” – All
    49. Balloon Descent – Orchestra
    50. Balloon Ascension – Orchestra
    51. Never Get Home – Orchestra
    52. No Place Like Home – Orchestra
    53. Finale – Orchestra
    54. Bows – Orchestra

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