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Wizard of Oz, The

Since its debut in 1939, the beloved film version of L. Frank Baum’s book had been presented on stage in a variety of adaptations, usually incorporating the Oscar-winning songs, but unable to get the rights to the witty screenplay. Finally, in 1987, the Royal Shakespeare Company in England was able to create a version that included both dialogue and songs from the motion picture. The MTWichita production, initially created in 1996 and refurbished in 2006, reflects the Royal Shakespeare version (although the sets and costumes can be used with other adaptations; check with rentals director for details).


Scenery originally designed in 1996 as traditional wing and drop show by J Branson includes full stage drops for Emerald City and Witch’s Castle interior complimented by rolling units. Witch’s ‘melting’ element included in Castle unit. Entire show refurbished in 2006. Flying track and harnesses NOT included.

  • Built: 1996/2006

  • Movement: 16’ SR & SL / 6’x 24’ US

  • Offstage space: Crew motivated

  • Number of Trucks: * 2- 53’ air-ride

  • # Line sets used: ~27 (~6-hard units)

  • Groundrow: 3- hard flying units

  • Portals: 2-“Kansas” / 3- “Oz”

  • Load-in crew: 12-carps / 2-elec / 4-prop / 4-fly / 6-wardrobe

  • Load-in time: 14+hours

  • Show crew: 4- carps / 2-elec / 2-props / 6-wardrobe

  • Fly crew: 3 + 2-on deck

*See Space requirements for Logistic Requirements


This complete costume design by Peggy J. Kellner is a colorful adaptation of the RSC version with over 350 costumes, including 38 child-size Munchkin and 13 adult Munchkin costumes. Principals include child and adult-size Dorothy. Lion is NOT a traditional ‘all fur’ suit. Entire show refurbished in 2006. Flying harnesses NOT included. 

  • Built: 1996/2006

  • Supported cast: 8-Principals / 10+female / 10+male

  • Shipping: 5-gondolas / 2-hampers

  • Alterations: Some

  • Principal size range: Character specific

  • # Ensemble Bottoms: Scene specific

  • # Ensemble Tops: Scene specific

  • Shoes: Some 

  • Wigs: None