Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY! Tams-Witmark Music Library has launched its Young Performers' Edition collection of titles with the release of The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers' Edition, now available for licensing, it was announced today by Sargent L. Aborn, President of Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. The hour-long musical was adapted for young performers by iTheatrics under the supervision of its founder and CEO, Timothy Allen McDonald, in collaboration with Deena R. Harburg. Schools and musical theater groups interested in licensing the musical should visit the Tams-Witmark website, www.tamswitmark.com, or phone 212-688-2525 or 800-221-7196.
"The Wizard of Oz is a beloved story that teaches a beautiful lesson: sometimes your heart's desire is in your own backyard. It seems only appropriate that this musical treasure should be the first Young Performers' Edition title in Tams-Witmark's new collection for children," says Aborn. "We are looking forward to seeing the creative ways in which children and educators will tell this wonderful story from their own backyards," he adds.
Tams-Wimark selected iTheatrics to create the student version of the show as well as accompanying support resources for educators – which are designed to make sure that anyone, anywhere has the tools and information necessary to successfully stage a musical production with students. These resources include a production guide for directors, a sing-along recording for rehearsal, a recording of the performance music and a choreography DVD which takes schools and educational groups step-by-step through the process of creating and staging engaging musical numbers.
"The launch of Tams-Witmark's collection of Young Performers' Edition musicals will offer even more young people the opportunity to experience the transformative power of musical theater, and it will give more schools the ability to create cost-effective and sustainable musical theater programs," says McDonald.