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The Wizard of Oz
Characters: Dorothy, Uncle Henry, Auntie Em, Toto, Good Witch of the North, Munchkins, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Wicked Witch of the West, Chief of the Flying Monkeys, Flying Monkeys, Emerald City Guard, the Wizard of Oz.
Scene One: Kansas
(Curtains open, Uncle Henry is in the farm yard chopping wood).
Dorothy: (walks on stage) Hello, Uncle Henry. What are you doing?
Uncle Henry: I’m chopping wood for the fire so we can be nice and warm this evening. Where have you being?
Dorothy: We went to the woods for a walk and picked some flowers for Auntie Em and had a paddle in the stream.
Uncle Henry: Who were you with?
Dorothy: Why Toto of course! Toto, Toto come here boy. (A little black dog runs in.)
Uncle Henry: I wish all the animals on the farm loved me as much as that dog loves you.
Dorothy: I love him too.
Uncle Henry: I know you do. (He continues chopping the wood and Dorothy and Toto play with each other.)
(Auntie Em walks on stage.)
Auntie Em: Oh Henry, I hope you have put all the animals away for the night. It looks like a big storm is coming.
(They all look anxiously towards the sky and the light darkens.)
Uncle Henry: Dorothy, come and help me put the animals away and Em, you get us some food and water. We will need it because the storm looks like it might turn in to a cyclone, so it’s a good idea that we spend the night in the cellar.
(They all leave the stage. Lights get dark, sound of wind and thunder.)
(Dorothy, Henry and Toto all come back on the stage.)
Henry: Everything is locked up for the night. The cyclone is coming, so we better join Auntie Em in the cellar. (Henry runs off the stage, but then there is a sudden crash of thunder and Toto gets scared and runs the opposite way. Dorothy runs after him. The cyclone has come and the lights flicker on and off. Dorothy finally finds Toto and they are thrown around the room until eventually Dorothy hits her head and is thrown to the floor. The sound continues on for a while and then there is a crash and everything is in darkness.)
Scene 2: Munchkin Land
(The Munchkins come in from the back of the theatre. They will improvise and interact with the audience. They will tell the audience about the Wicked Witch of the East who treats them like slaves and her sister the Wicked Witch of the West.) (Dorothy wakes up and a bird is singing and the sky is clear and blue.)
Dorothy: Uncle Henry, Auntie Em where are you?
(She gets up slowly and walks out and sees some Munchkins and the Good Witch. They all bow when they see Dorothy, but the Munchkins run away and hide.)
Good Witch: You are most welcome to Munchkin Land. (All the Munchkins start giggling but Dorothy can’t see them.)
Dorothy: Why thank you, everybody; you are most kind.
Good Witch: No, thank you so much for killing the Wicked Witch of the East. Now all the Munchkins are free from her power.
Dorothy: I think there must be some mistake. I didn’t kill anyone.
Good Witch: (She points to the house) Well, your house did.
Dorothy: Oh dear, I didn’t mean to kill her.
Good Witch: You don’t understand; it is a good thing because now the Munchkins are free from her power.
Dorothy: Who are the Munchkins?
Good Witch: They are the people that live in the land of the East. They were the Wicked Witch of the East’s slaves. And now they are free. Munchkins, come out, come out where ever you are and meet your saviour.
(Munchkins come out from where they are hiding and they go and examine the dead witch.)
Munchkin 1: She is well and truly dead.
Munchkin 2: There is nothing left of her, except her ruby slippers.
Munchkin 3: Well done, Dorothy, you are new queen of Munchkin Land.
(They all sing, “Ding dong the witch is dead,” and do a dance.)
Dorothy: But I want to go home to my farm in Kansas. I don’t want to be the queen of this place. (She starts to cry.)
Good Witch: Well Dorothy, you are not in Kansas anymore. (She comforts her.)
Dorothy: But how do I get home to Uncle Henry and Auntie Em and the farm?
Good Witch: You must go to the Emerald City and ask the great and powerful Oz to help you.
Good Witch: He is a wonderful wizard who knows everything. He will help you.
Dorothy: But how do I get to Oz?
Good Witch: You must walk. It is a very long journey through a land that is sometimes pleasant and friendly but sometimes very dark and terribly scary. But here, take the Wicked Witch’s ruby slippers. They will keep you safe. All you need to do is follow this yellow brick road.
(They all sing, “We are off to see the wizard.” They all leave the stage, and there is darkness. Dorothy walks on stage and there is a scarecrow on the stage. She walks past him but the scarecrow winks at her and she returns and looks at him and then thinks she has just imagined it so she walks on.)
Scene 3: The Yellow Brick Road
Scarecrow: Hello there!
Dorothy: (Stops walking.) Did you speak?
Scarecrow: Yes I did. Can you help get me down from this perch? My arms are very stiff.
(Dorothy helps him get down.)
Scarecrow: That’s much better. Thank you. What’s your name?
Scarecrow: That’s a nice name, Where are going, Dorothy?
Dorothy: I’m going to the Emerald City to ask the wizard how to get home to the farm and to Uncle Henry and Auntie Em.
Scarecrow: Where is the Emerald City?
Dorothy: I don’t know (pauses); I thought you would know.
Scarecrow: I don’t know anything because I don’t have a brain. (Pauses.) I know, if I come to the Emerald City with you, do you think the wizard will give me a brain?
Dorothy: I don’t see why not. Come with me. But we must find the yellow brick road.
Scarecrow: What’s a yellow brick road?
Dorothy: A road made with yellow bricks.
Scarecrow: Look, there it is. (He points to the yellow brick road.)Oh Dorothy, you are so clever.
(They sing, “We are off to see the wizard.” They go off stage. When they come on stage again, there is a tin man.)
Dorothy: I’m so tired, Scarecrow. I must rest.
Scarecrow: We can rest here.
(They both sit down and Dorothy starts to sleep. There is a loud groan and it startles Scarecrow.)
Scarecrow: What’s that? Dorothy, wake up!
(Dorothy wakes up. There is a loud groan again.)
Dorothy: What’s that?