A Thousand Cranes is an extraordinary departure from children's theatre as usual. Thought provoking and dramatic, even the youngest children can understand the play's deepest meanings.
For Children to Learn and Perform
Fifth Grade - Upland Country Day School, Kennett Square PA
Start your children folding cranes, then explore the Script and Teacher's Guide. Using the script's simple suggestions, stage the play for the whole school to enjoy. Let your children do more than present Sadako's story... let them live it!
A Thousand Cranes for Sadako
John C. Fremont Charter School, Merced, CA - Lansing Middle School, NY
A Thousand Cranes is the true, poignant story of Sadako Sasaki. Sadako was only two years old when the Hiroshima bomb fell and seemed to be unharmed, but at twelve she was diagnosed with "radiation sickness". With boundless optimism, she takes an old story to heart: "If a sick person folds a thousand paper cranes the gods will grant her wish and make her well again."
tremendously moving piece..."
Fusion Youth Theatre, UK - Ashland Children's Theatre
Script for Young Performers
Young Cast, Majestic Theatre, Crovallis, OR
Sadako begins to fold her thousand cranes. Before Sadako is able to complete her task, she is visited by her Grandmother who lovingly carries her on the back of a glorious crane, to the land of a thousand, thousand spirits.
20 Great Plays for Children
Upland Country Day School, PA - Reach Performing Arts Center, ME
"Featured in Twenty Great Plays for Children, St. Martin's Press"
Sadako learns that her true wish may be granted. Sadako's friends and classmates finished Sadako's work. They folded enough paper cranes to make a thousand.
Sadako's Friends Folded Paper Cranes
Lexington Children's Theater, KY - Seattle Peace Park
Today children in Japan and all over the world fold a thousand paper cranes and lay them at the feet of Sadako's statue in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Their wish is engraved at the bottom of the monument:
is Our Cry - This is Our Prayer..."
"Peace in the World"
a Wondrous Journey
Sadako's Grandmother takes her to the Land of A Thousand Spirits!
Lexington Children's Theatre, KY - Syracuse Stage, NY
"A Thousand Cranes is one of the most moving pieces of American playwriting I have ever had the privilege of experiencing. It has a timely theme and universal appeal."
Suzanne Larson, Artistic Director - Lady's Island Dinner Theatre
Story of Strength and Courage
A Thousand Cranes, Fusion Youth Theatre, Grimsby, UK
"We performed A Thousand Cranes at the Elementary Drama Festival - it was a HUGE hit!! I told them all that we had a beautiful script to work with which made it all that much easier to produce a wonderful play!"
Tammy Feeney, Sussex Corner School, NB, Canada
The School Play Version of A Thousand Cranes requires no professional experience in theatre. It is written in simple terms and is meant as a tool to help you and your students explore the many aspects of Sadako's story and to encourage children on the path to a mature understanding of peace.
to Understanding About Peace
Sycracuse Stage, NY - Morristown-Beard School, Morristown, NJ
A flexible cast of 17 to 38.
About 20 performers may be female or male.
Sadako can be played by up to 8 girls to ensure that no one child is the "star".
Suggestions on how to use simple percussion instruments (raid the music room!) to excellent effect.
Open staging! Your gymnasium, cafeteria or any other large room is perfect.
Simple, easy costume pieces and scenery can be made in the classroom.
A CD of original, beautiful poignant background music and sound effects.
Powerful Story for Young People
Reach Performing Arts, ME - The National School of Drama, Delhi, India
"My Year 6 students performed A Thousand Cranes three times and each performance was a huge success. There were teachers actually crying and even the kindergarten students were quiet as they watched!"
Mary Westall, St. Therese Primary School, Sydney, Australia
to Fold a Paper Crane - Send Your Cranes to Sadako!
Instructions on How to Fold a Crane in Script and Teacher's Guide
"The music teacher came up to me and said it brought tears to her eyes. The notes you sent with the play were very encouraging and helpful. It was very special to me to get a chance to have my students tell Sadako's story."
Diane Purvis, Teacher & Librarian
Bednarcik Junior High School, Oswego IL
"I hope the audience comes away from this play and thinks about peace. I hope they realize to always remember to listen to the wisdom of our children.
Pam Chernesky, Artistic Director, Houlton Star Bright Children's Theatre
A Thousand Cranes has three versions:
Cast School Play Version
Flexible Cast of 17-38 (2M, 4F, all others M/F) for grades K-6
Flexible Cast of 13 (4M, 4F, 5M/F) for grades 6-12
Cast (Touring) Version
Cast of 3 (1M, 2F) for adult actors.