Powerful Story for Young People
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
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
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".
to Stage a Stunning Production
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 KTAs 2013 Outstanding Production for its performance of A Thousand Cranes."
Herald-Dispatch, Huntington WV
Single Gesture of Kindness..."
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.
Students Were Amazing!"
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.
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.
Sadako's Friends Folded Paper Cranes
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:
is Our Cry - This is Our Prayer..."
"Peace in the World"
for Schools, Theatres, Youth Groups
A Thousand Cranes, Fusion Youth Theatre, Grimsby, UK
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
Flies on a Wonderous Journey!
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 Ontarios Espanola Youth Theatre
Endowment for the Arts Winner
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 its 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
Roles for Your Talented Students
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
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!
Cast for Teens to Perform!
Western Academy of Beijing - Bednarcik Junior High School, Oswego IL
Play Award Winner!
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
Your Paper 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
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
Cast Version (this page)
Flexible Cast of 13 (4M, 4F, 5M/F) for grades 6-12
Cast (Touring) Version
Cast of 3 (1M, 2F) for adult actors.