Character Descriptions – Wizard of Oz
Dorothy Gale (Kansas and Oz): A sweet, innocent young lady with a streak of boldness, outspoken and headstrong, who dearly loves her family, friends and dog, Toto; Lives on a farm in Kansas with her Aunt Em & Uncle Henry, but dreams of escaping to a far-off place where she will not get into trouble. (Strong vocalist and dancer required.)
Aunt Em Gale: A typical, hard-working farmer’s wife who is firm & no-nonsense but also warm and caring.
Uncle Henry Gale: Farmer whose wife, Em, runs things; Adoring uncle to Dorothy; Non-singing role.
Hunk: Clumsy farmhand on the family’s Kansas farm; talks about being smart and having a brain. Good body control needed.
Scarecrow: Friend to Dorothy, clumsy, good body control, good pitch and musical rhythm.
Hickory: Kind, sweet and nurturing farmhand;
Tin Man: Has no heart but isvery caring. Good body control and pleasant singing voice.
Zeke: Farmhand who lacks courage. Non-singing part.
Lion: Acts tough, but fearful self comes out in any scary situation. Good comedic timing and strong character voice needed.
Miss Gulch: Well-off, cold-hearted Gale neighbor who hates Toto. Non-singing.
Wicked Witch of the West: Wants revenge on Dorothy. Non-singing but flair for the dramatic and able to cackle.
Toto: Dorothy’s beloved dog. Energetic role and able to bark with expression.
Professor Marvel: Traveling salesman who lives by telling fortunes; a con-man but with a good heart.
Wizard (Oz’s voice): Strong commanding voice with lots of dialogue.
Glinda: Good Witch of the North who is the mother figure for Munchkins and Dorothy whom she guides through Oz; delicate and graceful. Lovely singing voice required.
Munchkins: Little people who live in Munchkinland where Dorothy’s house lands after the cyclone; enthusiastic and joyful
Mayor, Coroner, Barrister and City Father: Munchkins with solo singing parts.
Apple Trees: Angry trees. Speaking only part.
Jitterbugs: Forest creatures who serve the Wicked Witch. Dancing part.
Doorman & Guard: Comical characters in Emerald City.
The Ozians: Citizens of Emerald City with group song and dance.
Flying Monkeys: The Wicked Witch’s menacing animal army. No lines or singing.
Nikko: Leader of the Flying Monkeys with a few lines.
Winkie Guards: The Wicked Witch’s enslaved guards. Some singing.
Leader of the Winkies: The leader of the Wicked Witch’s guards. No solo singing.