The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Episode 1: The Company of Friends

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Episode 1

The adventure of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, begin as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz. Here she meets the good witch, Locasta Tattypoo, and the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powerful Wizard of Oz.



  • Narrator/L. Frank Baum: Mike Brainard
  • Dorothy: Ellise Chase
  • Toto: Josh Burkeholder
  • Scarecrow: PJ Ochlan
  • Tin Woodman: John Pierce Kraft
  • Cowardly Lion: Franc Ross
  • Locasta Tattypoo: Megan Massie
  • Wicked Witch of the East: Annie Ellicot
  • Uncle Henry and Boq: Roy Sillings
  • Aunt Em: Kate Braun
  • Malvonia: Emily McGee
  • Premonia and Nimmie Amee: Andrea Emmes
  • Semponia: Sheryl Doades
  • Peter Pop and Crow Three: Nicholas Krohn
  • Tommie Top and Crow Two: Thomas Tiggleman
  • Simon Slick, Old Crow, and Farmer: Eric Shelley
  • Ku-Klip, Crow One, and Robbie Rock: Steve Scott
  • Loop Group: Eric Bolstridge, Bonnie Bogovich, Eric Doades, and Michelle Wafford

All other parts portrayed by the loop group and members of the cast.



  • Soundbooth Theater Executive Producer: Jeff Hays
  • Starrynight Productions Executive Producer: Russell McGee
  • WFIU Executive Producer: John Bailey
  • Director: Russell McGee
  • Producer: Michael Brainard, Emily McGee, and Andrea Emmes
  • Scriptwriter: Russell McGee
  • Script Editor: Nicholas Krohn
  • Dramaturg and Dialect Coach: John Kraft
  • Sound Design: Chancellor Edmaiston
  • Composer: Ryan Chase
  • Munchkin Song Music Director: Eric Doades
  • Music Assistant: Francis Criscione

Produced by Soundbooth Theater and Starrynight Productions on behalf of WFIU Public Radio.

This production was made possible in part by the generous support of Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations.


© 1900 L. Frank Baum ℗ 2023 Soundbooth Theater and Starrynight Productions