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A Thousand Cranes
Medium Cast One Act Play for Middle, Jr., High Schools
Large Cast School Play Version | Small Cast (Touring) Version

"This is Our Cry - This is Our Prayer..."

La Mirada Theatre - Phantom Projects - A Thousand Cranes

A Thousand Cranes

Cast: 13 (4M, 4F, others M/F), older kids
Time: about 40 minutes
CD: sound FX, background music
Audience: primary-intermediate, families
Great for showcases, competitions

The true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki. A touching play about strength, hope and peace for the world.

Cast List, Sound Cues, Script Sample

 

La Mirada Theatre - Phantom Projects - A Thousand Cranes

A Thousand Cranes

Cast: 13 (4M, 4F, others M/F), older kids
Time: about 40 minutes
CD: sound FX, background music
Audience: primary-intermediate, families
Great for showcases, competitions

The true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki. A touching play about strength, hope and peace for the world.

Cast List, Sound Cues, Script Sample

A Powerful Story for Young People
Play Script for Medium Sized Cast!  A Thousand Cranes! Script for Middle Schools and High Schools!  A Thousand Cranes!
Honolulu Theatre for Youth - The National School of Drama, Delhi, India
For A Medium Size (Medium) Cast of Teens, Middle Schools, High Schools

A Thousand Cranes is an extraordinary experience for young performers and young audiences. This One Act Play may be staged with a few simple props and unlimited imagination. The result is always elegant and moving.

Excellent Roles for Young Performers
A Thousand Cranes - Large Cast Play for Young People to Perform The True Story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Play for Kids to Perform - Lansing Middle School, NY

"It was an outstanding production. The performance left me with burning eyes and a lump in my throat and a fear that my heart would burst with pride!"
Greg Brooks, Headmaster, St. Mary's DSG School for Girls, South Africa

Cast List, Sound Cues, Script Sample


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".

Easy to Stage a Stunning Production
A Thousand Cranes for Middle Schools! A Thousand Cranes!  One Act Play from ArtReach!
Somerset Co. Vocational School, NJ - Asian Children's Theatre Festival

"A local touring troupe for children won top honors at the Kentucky Theatre Association Community Theatre Festival. Actors for Children Theatre of Flatwoods, KY was selected as KTA’s 2013 “Outstanding Production” for its performance of A Thousand Cranes."
Herald-Dispatch, Huntington WV

"A Single Gesture of Kindness..."
One Act Play for Schools - A Thousand Cranes Excellent play for young adults!  A THOUSAND DRANES
Ashland Children's Theatre - Orcutt Academy, Santa Maria, CA

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."  Sadako begins to fold her thousand cranes.


"The Students Were Amazing!"
A Thousand Cranes for Kids to Perform! A Thousand Cranes Play for Kids!
Actors for Children Theatre, Flatwoods, KY - Centenary Stage, MA

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. There Sadako joins her ancestors and learns that her true wish may be granted.

"Resonates Beautifully"
Playscript for Young Performers - A Thousand Cranes Script for Middle School Students - A Thousand Cranes
Young Cast, Majestic Theatre, Crovallis, OR, 2012

Sadako's friends and classmates finished Sadako's work. They folded enough paper cranes to make a thousand.

Cast List, Sound Cues, Script Sample


Sadako's Friends Folded Paper Cranes
Play for Young Audiences - A Thousand Cranes Seattle Peace Park Monument
Lexington Children's Theater, KY - Seattle Peace Park

 Today children in Japan and all over the world, children 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:

"This is Our Cry - This is Our Prayer..."
Hiroshima Peace Park Seattle Peace Park Nagasaki Monument
"Peace in the World"


Play for Schools, Theatres, Youth Groups
One Act Play for Schools - A Thousand Cranes One Act Play for Schools - A Thousand Cranes
A Thousand Cranes, Fusion Youth Theatre, Grimsby, UK

A THOUSAND CRANES GETS 5 STARS IN SALT LAKE CITY!
“AWESOME!” “LOVED IT!” “The dedication and outpouring of soul oozing from each cast member resonates beautifully.”
Brigham Young University, Utah, Utah Stages Review

Sadako Flies on a Wonderous Journey!
Children's Play - A Thousand Cranes Children's Play - A Thousand Cranes
A Thousand Cranes, Lexington Children's Theatre, KY

“What an absolutely unforgettable experience you have given us. We had an overwhelming response to A THOUSAND CRANES. We had a total sold-out audience of nearly 600 and the show held everyone enthralled! No one moved a muscle during the entire show and there were always tears and prolonged applause.”
Sharon Sproule Ontario’s Espanola Youth Theatre

Cast List, Sound Cues, Script Sample


National Endowment for the Arts Winner
La Mirada Theatre - Phantom Projects - A Thousand Cranes A Thousand Cranes, Play for Professional Theatres
Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Playwriting Award
Phantom Projects, La Mirada Theatre, CA - Syracuse Stage

“A Thousand Cranes made history come alive for these kids,” Director Wilson said. “It has given them a life experience that they would have never had without doing this dramatic piece. I think it’s touched them all greatly. District administrators watched a dress rehearsal of the play Wednesday with tears in their eyes."
Kids Grades 6, 7, 8 at Orcutt Acadmey, Santa Maria, CA

Dramatic Roles for Your Talented Students
Excellent Play for Young People!  A Thousand Cranes! A Thousand Cranes for Young People
Lansing Middle School, NY

"The ideas and movements used are inspired by traditional, Japanese theatre, and are also visually beautiful," said the Players' artistic director Katy Brown, who's also directing A Thousand Cranes. "The audience will be taken to another country and culture through Japanese percussion, music, costumes, masks, glowing lanterns and a stunning set."
Barter Theatre, Abington, VA

Cast List, Sound Cues, Script Sample


"An Unforgettable Experience!"
A Thousand cranes for Young People Large Cast Script for Kids - A Thousand Cranes
University of Wisconsin  -  Syracuse Stage

A Flexible Cast of 13: (4m, 4f, 5 m/f) Doubling & extras possible. You have permission to adjust the cast to your school's needs.

One Act Play Length: About 40-45 minutes long: Perfect for touring to your local elementary school.

Easy staging, costumes, scenery: Inexpensive masks, fans and paper parasols create a setting of stunning drama.  Several special costumes may be created in the shop or art room.  Your students' imaginations will soar!

  Medium Cast for Teens to Perform!
A Thousand Cranes!  Play for Teens! A Thousand Cranes for Kids!
Western Academy of Beijing - Bednarcik Junior High School, Oswego IL


One-Act Play Award Winner!
One Act Play for Schools - A Thousand Cranes A Thousand Cranes - True Story of Sadako Sasaki
Barter Theatre, Abington, Va -- Lansing Middle School, NY

"A wonderful One Act Playscript that gives the actors and director complete artistic choice!  There were very few dry eyes in the house at the end of this performance."
Stephanie Brotherton, Drama Teacher, Marion C. Early High School, MO 

Send Your Paper Cranes to Sadako
Send your cranes to Sadako!
Somerset County Vocational School, NJ

"In honor of this amazing story of one little girl who helped change the world, PPT is encouraging all the students attending the school shows to fold an origami crane to be hung in the Norvell Theater throughout the run of the show."
Piedmont Players, Salisbury, NC

Cast List, Sound Cues, Script Sample


A Thousand Cranes has three versions:

Large Cast School Play Version
Flexible Cast of 17-38 (2M, 4F, all others M/F) for grades K-6

Medium Cast Version (this page)
Flexible Cast of 13 (4M, 4F, 5M/F) for grades 6-12

Small Cast (Touring) Version
Cast of 3 (1M, 2F) for adult actors.

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