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 Warner Bros.

Performance Dates: 
July 16 – 21, 2024

Director:  Diana Carter
Music Director: David Leu
Choreographer: Kelsey Armstrong

There’s no place like the theatre. There’s no place like the theatre.” 

Diana Carter will be directing this summer musical for Ardmore Little Theatre. Diana has been seen in “Mary Poppins” and “A Christmas Carol”.  She is the Vocal Music Director at Plainview School where she has most recently directed “Curtains”, “The Addams Family” and “Xanadu Jr”.  

Performances will be July 16 – 21, 2024 at the Goddard Center. All performances are at 7:00 pm, except for the Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. There will be two shows on Saturday (2:30 & 7:00pm)

SYNOPSIS:  This faithful adaptation of the novel by L. Frank Baum brings to the stage beloved songs and moments from the classic 1939 movie. A tornado carries young Dorothy Gale from her Kansas home to the magical Land of Oz where she encounters a host of whimsical characters: witches, talking animals, a scarecrow, lion and a tinman, plus other magical things. Seeking a way home, she follows the Yellow Brick Road to find the all-powerful Wizard in Emerald City. Along the way, she makes new friends and faces many perils. To reach home safely, Dorothy must learn an important lesson:  there’s no place like home.

Characters (age ranges are just suggested):
Dorothy Gale (Lead): Female, 15-25, a strong singer who also moves well on stage; must not be allergic to dogs.
The Scarecrow/Hunk (Lead): Male, 18-50 Needs to be a strong singer/dancer with an “honest” quality, a sympathetic and optimistic friend, lovable and clumsy, must be an excellent dancer, acrobatic skills preferred.
The Tinman/Hickory (Lead): Male, 18-50, singer/strong dancer, charming and thoughtful, a kind-hearted romantic.
The Cowardly Lion/Zeke (Lead): Male, 18-50, singer who also moves well on stage, cuddly actor with excellent comic timing.
The Wicked Witch of the West/Almira Gulch (Lead): Female, 20-60, non-singing actor, vengeful, nasty and hungry for power.
Glinda/Aunt Em (Supporting): Female, 20-60, strong singer, “beautiful, benevolent and beloved,” a very maternal figure.
Uncle Henry (Supporting): Male, 35-70, a non-singing actor who plays Dorothy’s uncle and guardian, a good-hearted and plain-speaking man, hard-working Kansas farmer is an affectionate family man.
The Wizard of Oz/Professor Marvel (Supporting): Male, 30-70, a non-singing character role, he’s an older father figure with a theatrical, eccentric flair.
The Munchkins (Chorus / Ensemble): All Genders, 7-15, the little people of Munchkinland, long oppressed, they are happy to be freed by Dorothy, group singing and movement are required.
Featured Munchkins (Chorus / Ensemble): All Genders, 7-15, these are the “step-out” roles from the Munchkin ensemble: Mayor of Munchkin City, the Coroner, the Lollipop Guild and the Lullaby League.
Flying Monkeys (Chorus / Ensemble): The minions of the Wicked Witch of the West, the Flying Monkeys do not speak or sing but may be double-cast as Munchkins, strong movement skills preferred.
The Citizens of Oz (Chorus / Ensemble): an ensemble of strong singers and dancers.
The Winkies (Chorus / Ensemble): palace guards to the Wicked Witch of the West who will also double as Citizens of Oz.