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)
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
Click on SHOW FULL DETAILS directly below
for a video excerpt from the Staging & Choreography video download.
Full performance of Jitterbug from the Staging and Choreography video download.
Each of the selected numbers 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 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.
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
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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.
- 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.
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 THE 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 Plano Children's Theatre PLANO, TX 09/13/2018 09/23/2018 Raymond Elementary School FRANKSVILLE, WI 10/05/2018 10/06/2018 Peoples Academy MORRISTOWN, VT 10/11/2018 10/12/2018 St. John's School HOUSTON, TX 10/11/2018 10/12/2018 Sullivan's Island Elementary School SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC 10/23/2018 10/25/2018 Hockaday School DALLAS, TX 10/24/2018 10/26/2018 St. Michael School FINDLAY, OH 10/26/2018 10/27/2018 Mount Paran Christian School KENNESAW, GA 11/01/2018 11/03/2018 Santa Fe Christian School SOLANA BEACH, CA 11/09/2018 11/11/2018 Elim Christian Services - South Campus ORLAND PARK, IL 11/09/2018 11/09/2018 Delta Woods Middle School LEES SUMMIT, MO 11/15/2018 11/17/2018 Gettysburg Community Theatre GETTYSBURG, PA 11/16/2018 11/18/2018 Island Theater Company MARCO ISLAND, FL 11/16/2018 11/18/2018 Urban Middle School SHEBOYGAN, WI 11/29/2018 11/29/2018 Vernon Middle School MARION, IA 11/30/2018 12/01/2018 Hudson Middle School HUDSON, OH 11/30/2018 12/01/2018 Loara Elementary ANAHEIM, CA 12/07/2018 12/08/2018 Jewish Community Centers Association ST. LOUIS, MO 12/12/2018 12/16/2018 Eagle Ridge Elementary School FORT WORTH, TX 12/12/2018 12/14/2018 Covington Integrated Arts Academy COVINGTON, TN 12/15/2018 12/15/2018 Mountain Dream Productions VICTORIA, BC 01/25/2019 01/27/2019 Venue Theatre Company CONIFER, CO 01/25/2019 01/27/2019 Highland Elementary School CHESHIRE, CT 02/08/2019 02/10/2019 Mountain View Elementary HARRISBURG, PA 02/22/2019 02/23/2019 Big Rapids Middle School BIG RAPIDS, MI 02/22/2019 02/23/2019 North Hills Christian Middle School VALLEJO, CA 03/01/2019 03/01/2019 Clement Middle School REDLANDS, CA 03/01/2019 03/02/2019 Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary School DECATUR, AL 03/08/2019 03/09/2019 Dare to Defy Productions, LLC CENTERVILLE, OH 03/08/2019 03/09/2019 Timber Lakes Elementary School ORLANDO, FL 03/08/2019 03/09/2019 Oak Grove Middle School BLOOMINGTON, MN 03/14/2019 03/16/2019 HarborSide Productions LLC NORTHPORT, NY 03/24/2019 04/29/2019 Alpine Vista Middle School TULARE, CA 03/26/2019 03/29/2019 St. Pius X Catholic School INDIANAPOLIS, IN 03/26/2019 03/27/2019 Our Lady of Mercy Academy PARK RIDGE, NJ 04/05/2019 04/07/2019 Briarcrest Christian Middle School EADS, TN 04/05/2019 04/07/2019 Prescott South Middle School COOKEVILLE, TN 04/05/2019 04/13/2019 Keyser Middle School KEYSER, WV 04/11/2019 04/14/2019 Roy B. Kelley Elementary School LOCKPORT, NY 04/11/2019 04/12/2019 Newton County Arts Association COVINGTON, GA 04/12/2019 04/14/2019 Blue Mountain Middle School ORWIGSBURG, PA 04/19/2019 04/21/2019 Ovations Theatre SILVER SPRING, MD 04/19/2019 04/21/2019 Socastee Middle School MYRTLE BEACH, SC 04/19/2019 04/19/2019 Tonawanda Middle/High School TONAWANDA, NY 05/10/2019 05/11/2019 St. Luke's Performing Arts Academy HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO 05/10/2019 05/11/2019 Bryant Elementary School ARLINGTON, TX 05/24/2019 05/24/2019 JUMP Encore Performing Arts Company LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL 05/26/2019 05/26/2019