The Wizard of Oz - Young Performers' Edition

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The Wizard of Oz - Young Performers' Edition

L. Frank Baum, Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg, Herbert Stothart, Peter Howard, Larry Wilcox, John Kane

Short Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  5f, 5m, 10 any gender

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

A one-hour adaptation of the RSC version of Baum's classic tale, specially designed for young performers.

Photo: THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements © & TM Turner Entertainment Co. (s19)

The Wizard of Oz - Young Performers' Edition
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OVERVIEW

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 5m, 10 any gender
  • Duration
    Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Fantasy, Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Fables/Folktales
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Young Children (Age 2 - 5)
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 1940 Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song ("Over The Rainbow")
    Winner! 1940 Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score
Description
This Young Performers’ Edition is a one-hour adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, specially tailored for school-aged actors. The materials have been prepared to help your school or organisation mount the best possible production and to give your young cast and crew an exciting and rewarding experience.


History
The MGM film The Wizard of Oz, based on L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel, premiered Graumoan's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on August 15, 1939. The Royal Shakespeare Company presented a live stage adaptation of the film at the Barbican Centre in London in 1987. In 2011, this one-hour adaptation of the RSC version was designed in conjunction with iTheatrics.
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.

 

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, 1930s
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: The Gale farmhouse in Kansas and various locations in the Land of Oz.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Casting

5f, 5m, 10 any gender
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
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

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Easy
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Chorus Size: Large
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
The Wizard of Oz Young Performers’ Edition is presented with the fully orchestrated Performance Tracks provided with your rehearsal materials. There is no orchestration for live accompaniment.

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Full Package:

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

Note: The Wizard of Oz Young Performers’ Edition is presented with the fully orchestrated Performance Tracks provided with your rehearsal materials. There is no orchestration for live accompaniment.

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Media

Press

"This is, to come out with it immediately, the most marvellous show.” — Jeremy Kingston, The Times

“'Iconic' is an overused word these days, but when you’re talking about The Wizard of Oz, there’s really no other—whether you mean the 1939 film with Judy Garland, L. Frank Baum’s book (it came first, you know), or a stage version... this Oz, brimming with color, seduces and delights.” - Collin Kelley, Atlanta In Town

"Since this classic movie first delighted children and grownups back in 1939, L. Frank Baum’s glorious fantasy has been a continual favorite. Whether on film, in print or live on stage, as it is at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, this fanciful story, with its inspiring lesson about friendship, is one of the most beloved in children’s literature... Did Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen have any idea of the enduring musical magic they’d created when they composed all those wonderful, infectious songs?" - Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

Music Samples

Videos

  • Highlights - Walnut Street Theatre

  • Over The Rainbow

  • Alliance Theatre - Wizard of Oz

  • Chicago Shakes - Wizard of Oz

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Photos

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  • The Wizard of Oz - Young Performers' Edition

    Credit: © & TM Turner Entertainment Co. (s19)

  • The Wizard of Oz - Young Performers' Edition

    Credit: © & TM Turner Entertainment Co. (s19)

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    Credit: © & TM Turner Entertainment Co. (s19)

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Authors

L. Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. One of the most successful novels in American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz sold out instantly, became a cutlrual sensation, ...

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Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen (1905-1986) wrote some of the greatest hits from the 30's and 40's, including the entire score to the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. Songs such as “Over the Rainbow,” “Get Happy,” “Stormy Weather,” “It's Only a Paper Moon,” “I've Got the World on a String” and “Last Night When We Were Young” a ...

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E. Y. Harburg

One of America’s greatest lyricists for stage and screen, Yip Harburg (1896-1981) was the son of poor Russian-Jewish immigrants and attended CCNY. Also a book writer (usually with Fred Saidy), director, and poet, Harburg wrote lyrics for more than 550 songs, including “It’s Only A Paper Moon” (with Harold Arlen), “A ...

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Herbert Stothart

Herbert Stothart (1885-1949) was nominated for nine Oscars and won for Best Original Score for his work on the 1939 film of The Wizard of Oz. As a young man he studied music in Europe and at the University of Wisconsin where he also taught. He worked as a musical director for Arthur Hammerstein and later be ...

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Peter Howard

Peter Howard (1927-2008) was an American musical theater arranger, conductor and pianist. Howard served as either music director or dance music arranger for 38 Broadway shows, including Chicago; Fosse; Carnival; The Sound of Music; Hello, Dolly!; 1776; Annie; Baby; My One and Only; Barnum; The Tap Dance Kid; Swi ...

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Larry Wilcox

Larry Wilcox (1935-1993) orchestrated over 25 Broadway shows and tours, including The Yearling, The Three Musketeers, Singin’ in the Rain and Aspects of Love. He arranged and conducted recordings for the Boston Pops, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Paul Simon, Tony Bennett, Sh ...

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John Kane

John Kane is an accomplished British actor and writer. An associate actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Kane played Puck in Peter Brook's acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, alongside Ben Kingsley, Alan Howard and Frances de la Tour, before turning to comedy script writing. He began wri ...

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