Wizard of Oz
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Running Time: About 45-50 minutes
Flexible Cast of 33: 5 Male, 4 Female, All others M/F
Easily adapted for larger or smaller cast
BLUE (M/F, 15 lines)
GREEN (M/F, 18 lines)
ORANGE (M/F, 13 lines)
PURPLE (M/F, 12 lines)
RED (M/F, 14 lines)
YELLOW (M/F, 17 lines)
DOROTHY #1 (F, 30 lines)
DOROTHY #2 (F, 30 lines)
DOROTHY #3 (F, 14 lines)
DOROTHY #4 (F, 17 lines)
DOROTHY #5 (F, 11 lines)
DOROTHY #6 (F, 30 lines)
TOTO: (M/F, 24 lines)
GLINDA THE GOOD WITCH: (F, 16 lines)
BURLY (M/F, 5 lines)
CURLY (M/F, 7 lines)
JOE (M/F, 7 lines)
SCARECROW #1 (M/F, 26 lines)
SCARECROW #2 (M/F, 10 lines)
SCARECROW #3 (M/F, 8 lines)
SCARECROW #4 (M/F, 10 lines)
WOODY (M/F, 3 lines)
SHADY (M/F, 3 lines)
TIN MAN: (M/F, 37 lines)
LION: (M/F, 32 lines)
GATEKEEPER: (M/F, 22 lines)
WIZARD OF OZ: (M, 31 lines)
CHIMP (M/F, 5 lines)
SCAMP (M/F, 3 lines)
RASCAL (M/F, 4 lines)
WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST: (F, 13 lines)
AUNTIE EM: (F, 6 lines)
UNCLE HENRY: (M, 6 lines)
and Parents Were Amazed!"
Brookings Harbor - Tampa Creative Camp, FL - Pittsboro Youth Theatre NC
"I work with children who have learning disabilities and we performed the Wizard of Oz. The teachers and parents were amazed at what a great job these kids did. Some have trouble reading but they could remember all their lines. We had parents that were crying because they were so happy for their child."
Debra Harney, Teacher, Elementary School Teacher
Children Were Fabulous!"
Vermilion County, IL - Home School Group
"Wizard of Oz was fantastic! Having the entire package was so helpful and made our new drama club's first performance so much easier. The kids are already asking what we are going to perform next year! I can't imagine using any other company. Our Dorothy even memorized all her lines. She's 12!"
Matt Limback, West Nodaway School, Burlington Junction, MO
Written especially for young people to perform.
While you may find large cast plays from other publishers, most of those were originally written for adults or professional actors to perform. They often contain difficult dialogue, unfamiliar or complex language, and speeches too long for young children to memorize. They may even contain jokes, innuendos and subject matter that may not be appropriate for children.
Easy to understand and memorize.
Dialogue is simple, fresh, quick and humorous, keeping the action flowing without stops and starts between scenes. This keeps young people and young audiences engaged throughout the performance - no awkward pauses, no dead-time, no wiggles!
All children are involved throughout the performance. This builds confidence, promotes team spirit and eliminates rehearsal rowdiness. The audience is often asked to join in the fun, and action often spills into the aisles! All of our SCHOOL PLAYS give suggestions on how to divide up large parts (such as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz) among several performers so that no one child is the "star".
Familiar stories with upbeat endings.
The story line stays as close as possible to the familiar story the kids already know. While some authors feel the need to "improve" the story, our SCHOOL PLAYS stay as close to the familiar narrative as possible, making it easier for children - and your audience - to understand.
Feel free to edit! Go ahead and tape it!
Most publishers insist that no changes may be made to their scripts. We know that your goal is to engage every child in the most meaningful way and that your needs are unique. Cut, eliminate, re-assign lines, or add as much as you like! Also, there are no restrictions on video tapes. Parents want a tape or DVD to remember their child's big moment. Go ahead and tape away!
In the past few years we've seen a tremendous increase of confidence in the teachers we hear from. Most are finding it easier to let the process flow and worry less about the final product. I firmly believe that the experience will be best for all when you keep a few things in mind:
Free yourself from worry about whether or not it's "good". No one is paying big ticket prices; no one expects a Broadway success. The key to making this project meaningful is to put the emphasis on process; realize that rehearsal and practice are as much a part of the experience as the actual performance. Encourage fun and you will free the children from embarrassment and stress. If the kids can't learn the lines let them carry a script or use their own words to convey the character's message. If they seem to wander the stage, let them explore where they want to go - they might surprise you with a wonderful idea. In every aspect of the process give them the wings to create and think. Give them a comfortable, supportive place to go and their confidence and self-expression will soar!
Above all else, make sure you are having fun. If you've never directed a play before, don't worry. It's all just pretend -- you can't do it wrong! The quality of your experience is every bit as important as that of the children. You need the joy of self-expression too, that doesn't go away when we grow up. So give yourself a break. And when all else fails, laugh!
Thank you so much for choosing The Wizard of Oz. I hope you and your young friends have as much fun performing this play as I did writing it.
"Give them wings!"
St Jerome School, West Long Branch, NJ
THE WIZARD OF OZ
CD SOUNDTRACK CUES
Cues, sound effects, background music (traditional-classical)
The CD Soundtrack contains special sound effects and background music (public domain traditional-classical) that may be used to greatly enhance the performance. It does not contain music and songs from the movie or stageplay, nor does it contain music for the performers to sing along with. Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown below include silence.
[ Click on [sample] to hear a short sample of the indicated cues ]
FANFARE (0:23) [sample]
2. STORM, TORNADO, CRASH (1:33) [sample]
3. MAGICAL LAND OF OZ (0:35) [sample]
4. YELLOW BRICK ROAD (YBR) (0:54) [sample]
5. YELLOW BRICK ROAD SHORT (0:26)
6. YELLOW BRICK ROAD SHORT (0:26)
7. YELLOW BRICK ROAD, FLOWER FIELD (1:09)
8. MAGICAL WIZARD OF OZ (0:26)
9. WICKED WITCH, FLYING, CRASH (0:53)
10. WICKED WITCH MELTING (0:40) [sample]
11. YELLOW BRICK ROAD, FLYING MONKEYS (0:43)
12. MAGICAL WIZARD OF OZ (0:37)
13. MAGICAL LAND OF OZ (0:50)
14. FANFARE, END SHOW, CURTAIN CALL (1:33)
Note: Some teachers choose familiar songs, obtain sheet music and insert these songs into the play. We recognize that each school has a wide variety of educational needs to fulfill and we invite you to be creative in your use of our scripts; including changes or additions that are appropriate for your students. As author/publisher of our own creative works, we do ask that you obtain proper copyright permission for any additions you might make - that responsibility is up to you.
Music & Sound Resources Available on the Internet
(Sheet Music, CDs, DVDs, Sing-Along, Karaoke, Sound Effects)
Music Resources: Karaoke
CDs & Sheet
Click to search Internet for karaoke cds or sheet music
Experience for First Graders!"
Scripted Drama, Currambine AU - Penobscot Theatre Company, Bangor ME
"Here are some pictures from my first grade class production of The Wizard of Oz. It was absolutely a wonderful experience from beginning to end! I was an inclusion teacher so there were many special needs students in my class."
Donna Stafford, First Grade Teacher, Kinston, NC
THE WIZARD OF OZ
The story is just as you remember it... The only difference? Every child has a part!
(Script pages 8-10)
DOROTHY: Oh, Toto, I wish I could go some where over that rainbow. I just know theres more to the world than this. And I want to see it so very badly!
BLUE: Little did Dorothy know that her life was just about to change.
(ALL performers and CHORUS seated to the sides of the action take a big breath and blow in DOROTHYs direction. DOROTHY and TOTO, twirl as if they have been caught in a big wind.)
DOROTHY & TOTO: Whooooaaaaaaahhhh!!!!!!
(SOUND CUE #2. Storm... House flying... Crash!
CHORUS begins making storm sounds. They give the cymbal a roll and crashes, chimes tinkle, kazoos sound like sirens, bongos bong etc.)
RED: Suddenly there was a terrible storm!
(ALL performers make clapping sounds for the rain, also tap the chair or floor to make the sound of raindrops.)
YELLOW: In the distance, Dorothy could see a funny looking cloud...
DOROTHY: Oh, no! Its a cyclone!
(AUNTIE EM and UNCLE HENRY enter, twirling and holding onto their hats, acting as if they are straining against the wind. TOTO runs and hides behind someone in the audience. NOTE: A lightweight cloth can be used here to indicate wind. CHORUS members can billow it around to give a storm effect.)
AUNTIE EM: Dorothy!
UNCLE HENRY: Dorothy, come away!
AUNTIE EM: Were all going down in the storm shelter.
UNCLE HENRY: Hurry, Dorothy! Or youll be swept away!
DOROTHY: Yes, of course! Lets go Toto! (She looks, cant find him.) Toto?
RED: But Toto was so scared of cyclones that he ran in the house and hid under the bed.
DOROTHY: Toto, come back!
AUNTIE EM: Let him go, Dorothy!
UNCLE HENRY: Hurry up, Dorothy!
(Uncle and Auntie exit.)
DOROTHY: But I cant leave Toto!
(ALL performers blow again which sends AUNTIE EM, UNCLE HENRY and DOROTHY twirling again.)
Toto! Come out from under that bed! This is no time for hide and seek!
(TOTO whimpers and ventures out, looking sheepish.)
There you are you silly dog. Now follow me, weve got to get out of here...
BLUE: But it was too late!
(Members of CHORUS stand and circle DOROTHY and TOTO, holding hands and catching her in their circle. Their "circle" turns around them and catches her and TOTO as they bob inside it.)
PURPLE: The house began to shiver...
GREEN: The house began to shake...
RED: Suddenly the cyclone ripped the house right off the ground!
(CHORUS break away from the circle and twirl away, act as if they are floating and flying. DOROTHY and TOTO crouch in the middle of the floor and watch as CHORUS members "fly" by.)
YELLOW: And Dorothy and Toto looked out the window to see...
ORANGE: They were flying in the sky!
DOROTHY: Oh, Toto, hold on to me!
TOTO: (Barks in agreement.) Ruff! Ruff!
BLUE: ("Floating" by.) They saw houses...
YELLOW: ("Floating.") And trees...
RED: ("Floating", riding bike.) And bicycles...
GREEN: ("Floating" as cow.) And even cows! Moo?
BLUE: Flying by!
("Floaters" drop to the ground. CHORUS makes crashing sound. DOROTHY and TOTO cover their heads. ALL "floaters" except for RED return to their places. RED remains on stage, flat on her back, wearing red shoes. )
Note: This is a sample from the actual script. To review the entire play, order the PERUSAL SCRIPT (online instant download). Or to save 20% on the full production kit and royalty for one performance, order the SCHOOL PLAY PACKAGE (below) and start rehearsals today!