The Rowan College of Performing Arts will feature story-telling, songs, dances and activities and games for children in the telling of the story inspired by the film based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, where Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and end up in the land of Oz. In Oz, she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and grant her new friends the things they desire most, a brain, a heath and courage.

the following is a breakdown of the chapters of the story that will be preformed two times each Thursday at 6:30 and 7:30 pm throughout summer fest:

June 6th

Chapter 1: Establish Kansas setting (Dorothy lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, dog Toto and 3 farm hands). Toto bites evil neighbor Mrs. Gulch, who threatens to have him taken away—or worse! Dorothy runs away and meets mysterious Professor Marvel. There is a twister and Dorothy is transported to Oz.

Children’s Activities: Ribbons for twister, give children Aunt Em cookies, removable set pieces for twister

June 13th

Chapter 2: The house lands in Munchkinland, killing the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins celebrate Dorothy. The Wicked Witch of the West arrives, but Good Witch Glinda protects Dorothy. She tells Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road to find the Wizard so he can help her go home.

Children’s Activities: Teach dance/song, go “over the rainbow” with a parachute activity

June 20th

Chapter 3: Dorothy and Toto meet the Scarecrow. He joins them on their journey to the Wizard because he wants to get a brain.

Children’s Activities: Decorate a straw hat, sing “Off to See the Wizard” and teach the dance, children try to scare crows away

June 27th

Chapter 4: Dorothy, Toto and the Scarecrow encounter some rude apple trees. Near them, they find a Tin Man who has been rusted frozen. Dorothy uses his oilcan to free him. He joins them on their journey to the Wizard because he wants a heart.

Children’s Activities: Anti-bullying lesson, give out apples, make a heart for someone you love, sand art hearts, squirt Tin Man with “oilcan” water guns

July 11th

Chapter 5: Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man travel through a dark forest where they encounter a lion who is afraid of everything! He joins them on their journey so that the Wizard can give him courage. The Wicked Witch creates a magic field of poppies to put our heroes to sleep. Glinda the Good Witch sends snow to wake them up. They make it to Emerald City.

Children’s Activities: Tunnel with branches, poppies vs. snow, call Glinda to help (with bubbles), Jitterbug

July 18th

Chapter 6: Our heroes meet the Wizard. He is a fearsome sight to behold, and he tells them he will only help them if they give him the Wicked Witch’s broom. The team travels to the Witch, but flying monkeys attack them. Dorothy is captured!

Children’s Activities: Cardboard wizard face with handles, teach children how to be winkies, give out green glasses for emerald city

July 25th

Chapter 7: The Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion rescue Dorothy and Toto. They defeat the Witch by melting her with a bucket of water. They return to the Wizard and Toto discovers the Wizard is a fraud! The Wizard tells his true story of how he got to Oz, and reveals to Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion that they all had what they needed all along. Dorothy returns home and encounters some familiar faces from her journey to Oz.

Children’s Activities: Split children in teams; Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, to get rewards, learn “there’s no place like home”, write note about home, handprints on the stage- finger paint (wipes provided)