RUNNING TIME:
About 105 minutes

CHARACTERS
(About 30: 1 boy, 2 girls, about 9 men, 20+ women, optional extras)

ADULTS
Mombi, a witch
Woggle Bug, thespian insect
Scarecrow
Tin Woodman
Cowardly Lion
Glinda
Shaggy Man
Scraps, a Patchwork Girl
Frogman (British accent)
Jack Pumpkinhead
General Jinjur
Tik-Tok, the clockwork man
King Loofilis of the Oogaboos
Queen Ynnubmud of the Oogaboos
General Krod

CHILDREN
Tip (age 10), her apprentice
Polychrome, Rainbow Princess
Princess Langwidere, with
interchangeable heads
Princess Ozma (age 10, brunette)
(1 scene)
Princess Langwidere's Heads

CHORUS ROLES
Emerald City Residents/Chorus
(Omby Amby, Cakey
the Cook & Hank the Mule, Glass
Cat, Saw Horse, etc.)
Goblins/Wheelers
Chorus Bugs (1 scene)
Jinjur's Soldiers
Oogaboos

CAMEO ROLES (Dancers)
King Pastoria
Faery Queen Lurline
Dorothy
Wicked Witch of the West
Wicked Witch of the East

EFFECT CHARACTERS
The Gump
Jackdaws (shadows)


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THE MAGIC OF OZ
A full-length musical based on the original books of Oz which followed Wizard and including music from the original Oz stage musicals including The Woggle Bug and The Tik-Tok Man of Oz

Script by Eric Stedman
Adapted from the books by L. Frank Baum
Music by Frederic Chapin and Louis Gottschalk
Lyrics by L. Frank Baum
Additional songs by Harry Armstrong and Victor Schertzinger
with additional lyrics by Felix Feist and Oliver Morosco


About the Play

This is a crazy, adventurous and often very funny show (due in part to its occasionally topical humor) which offers the opportunity for many actors to perform very colorful roles, many of them female, and some which can be played by either sex. The old-fashioned songs included are charming and sound fresh even though many were written 100 years ago! There is also the opportunity to create a few puppet characters and fun special effects, such as the disappearing rainbow, and deadly Jackdaws which appear only in shadow. The cast is configurable in size and many characters can be played by either sex or actors of a variety of ages.

The Story

After Dorothy says goodbye to her friends and returns to Kansas, the magic Rainbow of Oz is blown out of the sky under mysterious circumstances.

Shortly afterward, Mombi, a witch from Gillikin land who objects to the poor treatment of witches in past days, appears in the Emerald City and declares to the people of that she should be appointed Supreme Sorceress to protect the country from further improper use of "weapons of magic destruction." She insists a tribunal be assembled and is indeed able to prove to the Ozites that Glinda, the current caretaker of all magic in Oz, had access to a Magic Book in which all events are recorded and therefore could have prevented the assassination of the Witch of the West, but did not do so. She deposes the Scarecrow on grounds that he is not the rightful heir to the throne, and takes over as Supreme Sorceress and Empress of Oz.

Her boy apprentice Tip, who has grown up frustrated that he apparently has no talent for magic himself and that Mombi won't teach him any, objects to Mombi's misbehavior and, when threatened to be turned by Mombi into a marble statue, escapes her cottage by creating a pumpkin-headed artificial man to scare her off.

Tip, in the woods, meets Polychrome, the rainbow princess, who is weeping because she cannot now return to her Rainbow Kingdom. Tip tries to cheer her up by singing her a song and they pledge their friendship to each other.

An accident with spilled "powder of lfe" enlarges an educated Woggle Bug, who joins Tip and Poly in their trip to the Emerald City, and they and a clockwork man called Tik-Tok travel through the kingdom of the Oogaboos (who do everything backwards or upside-down) to Shadowland to try and find the rightful ruler, Princess Ozma, and restore her to the throne before Mombi can turn dissenters into marble statues and take over all of Oz and its neighboring kingdoms.

In the meantime, the "outcast army" led by the now-banished Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Lion, and supported by the Shaggy Man and Scraps, the Patchwork Girl, musters up opposition, and Princess Langwidere of Ev, who has interchangeable heads, takes action to prevent invasion of her country.

In the surprising and dramatic conclusion, the ability to see through another's eyes proves to be more powerful than any of Mombi's conjurations or threats. By risking his life to change places with Ozma and free her from her imprisonment in a magic mirror, Tip becomes a hero and learns he really does have a magic talent after all--the ability to make the wishes of
others come true. Mombi is forced to reform in a dramatic and amusing manner, and the show ends with a parade in honor of Ozma's first (and only, so far) birthday.

The script and audio tracks for this show are now complete and the show has been performed once with recorded music tracks to a very positive reception.


SCENES AND SONGS

Prologue
Glinda, Pastoria, Dancers, Witches

Scene 1: Mombi's Hut in Gillikin Country
JACK O'LANTERN JOE --
Tip
GOBLIN SONG -- Mombi

Scene 2: The Emerald City
THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ
-- Company

Scene 3: In the Forest, in Winkie Land
RAINBOW DANCE/OH, MY BOW
-- Polychrome
THE DOLL AND THE JUMPING JACK -- Tip
OFF THRU OZ WE GO #1 -- Tip & Poly
MR. H. M. WOGGLE BUG, T. E. -- Woggle Bug
OFF THRU OZ WE GO #2 -- Tip, Poly & Woggle

Scene 4: The Palace at the Emerald City
VICTORY DANCE --
Mombi & Wheelers etc.

Scene 5: The Emerald City, Outside the Palace
[MARCH OF JINJUR'S ARMY --
Jinjur and Soldiers]

Scene 6: Beside the Palace
CLOCKWORK MAN --
Tik-Tok, Tip, Poly & Woggle
OFF THRU OZ WE GO #3 -- Tip, Poly, Woggle, Tik-Tok

Scene 7: The Great Sandy Waste
14 SOLDIERS --
Outcast Army

Scene 8: Turvyland, home of the Oogaboos
15 THE ARMY OF OOGABOO
-- Oogaboos

Scene 9: Glinda’s Tower Room

Scene 10: The Jackdaws' Cave in Shadowland
16 SYMPHONY OF NIGHT
-- Glinda

Scene 11: In the Sky Above Oz, aboard the Gump
18 ASK THE FLOW'RS TO TELL YOU
-- Woggle & Poly

Scene 12: The Palace at the Emerald City
GRAND FINALE -- Company


The script for this show is available in PDF format.
CD and MP3 format music files are also available.
The printed musical score is also available in rough form.

Contact us by
email if you would like to arrange to produce THE MAGIC OF OZ.

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The Coeur d'Alene children's workshop production cast
(photo by Scott Martinez)

"It's a hit! We opened last night to a very excited audience who absolutely adored the show! Thank you so much for giving me and our community the opportunity to work on this show with you!" -- Dustin Sorrell, Academic Director, Lake City Playhouse, Coeur d'Alene, Iowa
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