The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

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Synopsis:

Thanks to a tornado, Dorothy and Toto find themselves in the Wonderful Land Of Oz, accompanied by Aunt Em and her farmhand, Skeeter. There they encounter all the famous characters including Scarecrow, Tinman and cowardly Lion. The wicked Witch of the West discovers that Dorothy now wears the magic ruby slippers, and sets out to obtain them by fair means or foul. This version also includes the Jitterbug and the Cornfield Crows, who all appear in the original book, but not in the classic MGM film. It follows the original storyline faithfully, but includes some extra panto-style characters. A sparkling pantomime that truly captures the magic of the original story.

Roles:

8 principals plus several small speaking roles, some cameos and a chorus.

Runtime:

All of our scripts have a runtime of under 2hrs (not including any interval) But this is very dependent on your own production and can be edited by yourselves to suit your own needs.

Music:

All of our pantomimes come with a full, suggested songs and music cues and SFX list.

Style:

Traditional British pantomime, incorporating visual comedy, slapstick and audience participation.

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Characters

Dorothy Gale
Aunt Em
Scarecrow
Lion
Tinman
Skeeter
Grotbag
Cornelius

Chorus/Minor roles

Glinda
The Wizard
Gatekeeper
Madam L’Oréal
Commander Urko
Crows
Jitterbug
Apple Trees
Munchkins; Winkies; Winged Monkeys; etc.

Scene One

Munchkinland

Lights up, revealing side of a house protruding from wing (USL) Legs wearing striped socks and Ruby Slippers poke out from underneath.

Enter Munchkins cautiously (SR)

MUNCHKIN 1: Look! A house has dropped right on top of Morag the Witch!

MUNCHKIN 2: She won’t bother us anymore, then.

MUNCHKINS: Hooray! Music cue 2: Munchkins. After song ends…

MUNCHKIN 3: Let’s go and tell Glinda, the good news.

Exit Munchkins (SR)

Enter Skeeter from the house.

SKEETER: How ya doin y’all?

DOROTHY: (off) What’s it like outside, Skeeter?

SKEETER: It’s indescribable Dorothy! I think we might’ve died and gone to heaven.

Enter Aunt Em and Dorothy, who is now wearing ruby slippers.

AUNT EM: What are you talking about Skeeter? ‘Ere! Where’s my farm gone?

SKEETER: I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore, Aunt Em.

DOROTHY: Gosh Toto. We must be over the rainbow, just like I wished.

Music cue 3: Enter Glinda (SR) followed by Munchkins.

SKEETER: Look! It’s an angel!

AUNT EM: We really are dead!

SKEETER: Look on the bright side. At least we’re not…(pointing down)…down there.

DOROTHY: You mean, Australia?

SKEETER: No, the other place.

AUNT EM: Oh, yes. That’s probably even hotter than Australia.

GLINDA: (pointing her wand at Dorothy) Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?

DOROTHY: I’m not a witch, at all.

GLINDA: The Munchkins said that a new witch had just dropped a house on Morag, the Wicked Witch of the East. (pointing) There she is and here you are.

Dorothy and Co turn and see Morag’s legs.

DOROTHY: Oh, my! It was an accident – honest.

SKEETER: We didn’t mean to drop a house on your friend.

AUNT EM: It was the wind wot did it.

GLINDA: Morag wasn’t my friend. She was my sworn enemy. I’m Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. And the Munchkins are happy because you’ve freed them from Morag.

SKEETER: What are, Munchkins?

GLINDA: (indicating) These are Munchkins, and this is Munchkinland. You’re now they’re heroes, and they would like to thank you.

Three Munchkins step forward. Munchkin 3 has a bouquet of flowers.

MUNCHKIN 1: (sings) We thank you very sweetly, for doing it so neatly.

MUNCHKIN 2: (sings) You’ve killed her so completely.

MUNCHKIN 3: (sings) That we thank you very sweetly. (hands Dorothy the bouquet)

GLINDA: Let the joyous news be spread, the wicked old witch is dead.

MUNCHKINS:
Music cue 4: Munchkins.
Ding-dong, the witch is dead.
Which old witch?
The wicked witch!
Ding-dong, the wicked witch is dead.
Wake up, you sleepy head.
Rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the wicked witch is dead! After song ends…

Enter Mayor, Coroner and Barrister.

MAYOR: As Mayor of Munchkin City. I welcome you most regally and would like to thank you for ridding the land of Oz, of the evil witch Morag.

BARRISTER: But we must verify it legally, to establish that she is absolutely.

CORONER: Positively.

MAYOR: Physically.

BARRISTER: Undeniably.

CORONER: Reliably.

COR/MA/BAR: Dead!

Coroner examines Morag and then unrolls a scroll.

CORONER: (sings) In my capacity as coroner.

I have thoroughly examined her.

And she’s not only merely dead.

She’s really most sincerely dead.

Three little Ballerinas wobble forward on points.

BALLERINAS: (sing) We represent the Lullaby League, the Lullaby League, the Lullaby League. And in the name of the Lullaby League. We wish to welcome you to Munchkinland.

Ballerinas move back to their starting point.

Three little Toughs come forward. One of them holds a large lollipop.

TOUGHS: (sing) We represent the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild. And in the name of the Lollipop Guild. We wish to welcome you to Munchkinland. (lollipop is presented to Aunt Em)

AUNT EM: No thanks, I’m watching my figure.

SKEETER: Watching it expand.

SFX: Pyro flash.

Enter Grotbag (SL) The Munchkins draw back in alarm murmuring. The Witch! The Witch! The Witch! Grotbag snarls and clears a circle around her with her broomstick.

SKEETER: (to Glinda) I thought you said the bad witch was dead.

GLINDA: This is Morag’s sister, Grotbag. The Wicked Witch of the West. And she’s much worse than Morag.

GROTBAG: Where is my sister? (to Aunt Em) Have you seen her?

AUNT EM: I don’t know. What does she look like?

GROTBAG: She’s tall and beautiful with long red hair, and is very, very…

SKEETER: Flat.

GROTBAG: How dare you! My sister isn’t fat!

SKEETER: I said flat, not fat.

GROTBAG: Flat! What are you talking about?

GLINDA: (pointing) See for yourself.

GROTBAG: She’s under a house! (sees legs) My poor sister! Who did this?

AUNT EM: Nobody. My house accidently fell on her that’s all.

GROTBAG: You will pay for this! But first, I must retrieve her ruby slippers. They’re gone! Where are they? Who has them?

GLINDA: Step forward, Dorothy.

DOROTHY: (does so and notices the ruby slippers on her feet) Gosh! How did they get there? Gosh! How did they get there?

GLINDA: With a little magic from me, my dear.

GROTBAG: Hand me those slippers, before I do something nasty to you!

DOROTHY: Please don’t! You can have them. (goes to remove the ruby slippers)

GLINDA: No Dorothy, keep them on. Their magic will protect you from harm.

GROTBAG: Stay out of this Glinda, or I’ll fix you too!

GLINDA: Fiddle-faddle! You have no power against me. Now be gone, before somebody drops a house on you too.

GROTBAG: (looks up fearful) I’ll bide my time. (to Dorothy) But mark my words, my fine young lady. I’ll get those ruby slippers.

SFX: Toto barks.

And your little dog, too! (exits SL)

DOROTHY: Why didn’t you just let me give her the slippers? I don’t even like the colour.

GLINDA: Grotbag would have still taken her revenge on you all. But whilst ever you have the ruby slippers, their power will protect you.

SKEETER: I’m hoping this is all a bad dream, and I’ll wake up back home in Kansas.

AUNT EM: Me too. This place is weirder than Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

DOROTHY: (to Glinda) Can you help us get back home, Mrs Fairy?

GLINDA: No. Only the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz can help you get back home.

AUNT EM: Is he a good Wizard or a bad one, like Lord Voldemort?

GLINDA: Oh, very good. And very mysterious.

AUNT EM: And how do we meet him?

GLINDA: He lives in the Emerald City. You must go there and ask for his help.

DOROTHY: How do we get the Emerald City?

GLINDA: Follow the yellow brick road.

MUNCHKINS: Follow the yellow brick road!

AUNT EM: Where exactly is the yellow brick road?

GLINDA: Follow the Munchkins and they will show you where it is.

Munchkins lead Dorothy, Aunt Em and Skeeter around stage, singing.

MUNCHKINS: ’Follow the Yellow Brick Road, follow the Yellow Brick Road.

Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the Yellow Brick Road.

We’re off to see the Wizard.

The wonderful Wizard of Oz.

We hear he is a whiz of a Wiz if ever a Wiz there was.

If ever, oh ever a Wiz there was.

The Wizard of Oz is one, becoz, becoz, becoz, becoz, becoz, becoz.

Becoz of the wonderful things he does.

We’re off to see the Wizard, The wonderful Wizard of Oz’.

Exit Munchkins (SR) followed by Dorothy and Co plus Glinda, singing.

Music cue 5: Enter Grotbag (SL)

GROTBAG: There is nothing so odious as optimism. But in this instance, it is totally misplaced. (shouts) Cornelius!

Enter Cornelius at a run (SR)

CORNELIUS: Here I am, mistress!

GROTBAG: I want you to do something for me.

CORNELIUS: It’s not cleaning that green gunk from between your toes again, is it?

GROTBAG: No, that’s later.

CORNELIUS: Then what is it?

GROTBAG: I have a little spying job for you

CORNELIUS: Ooooh! I’ve always fancied being a spy, just like James Bond.

GROTBAG: In your case, it’s more like Brooke Bond.

CORNELIUS: What sort of spying job is it, then?

GROTBAG: I want you to follow Dorothy and her friends and tell me what they’re up too.

CORNELIUS: Is she the pretty girl in the gingham dress?

GROTBAG: Yes, and she’s not pretty.

CORNELIUS: I think she’s very pretty. (to audience) Don’t you think Dorothy’s pretty? See? They think she’s pretty.

GROTBAG: I haven’t called you here to discuss the merits of some spotty-faced teenager! Just follow them and keep me informed! Or else! (exits SL)

CORNELIUS: I hate working for old Grotbag. But I must obey her, or she’ll turn me into a winged monkey like the rest of my people. (elicit sympathy) It’s sadder than that. I hate doing bad deeds, but I don’t have any choice. So please don’t boo me. I’d better go and carry out my spying duties. (exits SR)

Blackout – cloth/tabs in (during blackout a cutout of tall maize plants with a fence is placed (CS) and a T-piece is set up in front of it. Enter Scarecrow, who takes up position on the T-piece) – lights up.