A THOUSAND CRANES
School Play for Kids to Perform
Large Cast Version
Running Time: About 40 minutes
Flexible cast of about 17-38, 6
Male, 5 Female, All others M/F
Easily adapted for larger or
to 10), Male or Female
CHORUS 1 (M/F, 18 lines)
CHORUS 2 (M/F, 18 lines)
CHORUS 3 (M/F, 18 lines)
CHORUS 4 (M/F, 17 lines)
CHORUS 5 (M/F, 17 lines)
CHORUS 6 (M/F, 17 lines)
CHORUS 7 (M/F, 17 lines)
CHORUS 8 (M/F, 17 lines)
CHORUS 9 (M/F, 17 lines)
CHORUS 10 (M/F, 17 lines)
PEOPLE: (up to 4), Male or Female
HOSPITAL 1 (M/F, 12 lines)
HOSPITAL 2 (M/F, 10 lines)
HOSPITAL 3 (M/F, 10 lines)
HOSPITAL 4 (M/F, 11 lines)
to 4), Male or Female
No lines, Significant movement
to 8), Female
SADAKO #1 (F, 17 lines)
SADAKO #2 (F, 24 lines)
SADAKO #3 (F,
SADAKO #4 (F, 11 lines)
SADAKO #5 (F, 13 lines)
SADAKO #6 (F, 10 lines)
SADAKO #7 (F, 10 lines)
SADAKO #8 (F,
KENJI: (UP TO
4), Male (or Female)
KENJI #1 (M/F, 16 lines)
KENJI #2 (M/F,
KENJI #3 (M/F, 13 lines)
KENJI #4 (M/F,
MOTHER (M/F, 19 lines)
FATHER (M/F, 17 lines)
GRANDMOTHER (F, 26 lines)
EMPEROR SPIRIT (M/F, Significant movement)
MR. ARAKI (M/F, 1
MRS. WATANABE (M/F, 1
DAISUKE (M/F, 1 important speech)
"A Huge Success! Easy to Stage!"
5th Graders, Upland Country Day
School, Kennett Square, PA
Year 6 students performed A Thousand Cranes three times last week
and each performance was a huge success. Thank you for such a great
script that was easy to stage and which had such a beautiful and
Mary Westall, St. Therese
Primary School, Sydney, Australia
Cues, sound effects, original
The CD Soundtrack contains
special sound effects and background music (original music written
for the play) that may be used to greatly enhance the performance. It
does not contain music for the performers to sing along with. Cues
have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown below include silence.
[ Click on [sample]
to hear a short sample of the indicated cues ]
1. CRANE FOLDING /
A-BOMB (2:09) [sample]
2. RUNNING MUSIC
3. HOSPITAL VOICES
4. KENJI CRANE
5. KENJI FROG (0:48) [sample]
6. HOSPITAL / FOLDING
7. FOLDING / FLYING
(repeat) (6:58) [sample]
8. A-BOMB (0:38)
9. FOLDING / CURTAIN
Some teachers choose familiar songs, obtain sheet music and insert
these songs into the play. We recognize that each school has a
wide variety of educational needs to fulfill and we invite you to be
creative in your use of our scripts; including changes or additions
that are appropriate for your students. As author/publisher of our
own creative works, we do ask that you obtain proper copyright
permission for any additions you might make - that responsibility is
up to you.
& Sound Resources Available on the Internet
Music, Song Books, CDs, DVDs, Sing-along,
Adapted for Children to Perform
A Thousand Cranes, Fusion Youth
Theatre, Grimsby, UK
Thousand Cranes is one of those rare experiences that teaches you
what theatre for young audiences, in its highest form, is all about."
Murphy, for the Ohio Arts Councilil
Large Cast Version
Cranes has many light moments! This is a fun, lively exchange
between Sadako and her friend Kenji.
(Script pages 8-9)
picks up beat , and begins to count, quietly...)
Sixty-seven, sixty-eight, sixty-nine, seventy...
bounding into playing area, out of breath and laughing.
He begins to count, determining by how many seconds he has won the
race with SADAKO.)
Seventy-one... seventy-two... seventy-three...
One... two... three... four...
into playing area, out of breath and laughing.)
Beat you by
Four? You're lying!
It was actually four and a half but I let you have that.
Oh, you... (Slumping.)
You always win! You should let somebody else win sometime.
Why, Sadako. You can't mean that I should cheat so that you
It wouldn't be cheating so much as... polite.
And I suppose when you run in the girl's contest next month you'll
want the judges to be polite and let somebody else win.
I thought so.
Oh, Kenji, do you think I have a chance to win?
You? You win the race against the fastest girls in
Hiroshima? You can't win.
Because you're a turtle that's why. A great big lumbering turtle.
to become a turtle, laughing at his jest.)
I am not a turtle!
Yes, you are.
Well, if I'm a turtle, then you're a frog!
Yes. A great big green one with warts all over it.
Sadako, you can't possibly mean... croak!
pretends to be turning into a frog.)
Well, where on
earth could that have come from? Croak!
Look, Sadako, my hand is turning all green... croak! ...and it has
warts all over it.
to a frog position and sticks out his tongue, leaping around,
croaking. He uses the bill of his cap to indicate the mouth of
a croaking frog.)
spite of herself.)
Now you stop that.
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