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Schultz Miller | Directed by David Hsieh
January 13, 2018 - February 3, 2018
The true and poignant story of
Sadako Sasaki, who was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped
on the small city of Hiroshima, where she lived. The star of her
school's running team, Sadako is lively and athletic ... until the
dizzy spells start. Then she must face the hardest race of her life -
the race against time. A
Thousand Cranes celebrates the courage that makes one young woman
a heroine in Japan. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, completed in 1958,
has a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane. At the base is a
plaque that says: "This is our cry, this is our prayer: peace in
Live Theater at the Redmond
summer campers performing "A Thousand Cranes" are having a blast.
Rapids Herald Review
Rapids is a city that is proud of its spectacular theatre scene. At
the base of this amazing theatre presence are the youth programs
available for budding actors, costumers, tech helpers, and more. For
10 years, The Grand Rapids Players have been hosting a Summer Theatre
Kids Camp for community kids interested in the world of theatre. 60
kids will be performing "Jungle Book" and "A
Thousand Cranes" on Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday,
July 23 at 2 p.m. in the Reif Center.
camp has always aimed to teach children as much as possible about
theatre in a short three weeks; campers learn about acting, stage
directions, blocking, costuming and makeup, set design, and much more.
all about the kids, and exposing them to the entire world of
theatre," said Sharon Marty-Rasmussen, who has been a director
of the camp since its inception.
year, the camp is switching things up. In past years, campers only
performed one show. However, this year, the camp has split into two
separate groups, and are performing two different shows, which are
directed by Marty-Rasmussen, Jean Goad, Susie Morgan, and Taylor Eck.
Dave Martin has also contributed to the camp this year.
first group, which meets in the morning, will be performing Disney
Junior's musical version of "Jungle Book." The story
follows a young boy Mowgli, played by Manny Lister, who has
adventures with his animal friends in the jungle.
afternoon group will be performing the famous Japanese show "A
Thousand Cranes," which tells the story of a girl Sadako,
played by Lydia Mariano, who was diagnosed with leukemia in the
aftermath of the dropping of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. This
second show is a lot more serious than those the camp has tackled in
guys are ready."
Published by Scholastic -
Centenary Stage Co. NJ
said this decision to have two groups was about including as many
kids as possible, and letting the returning kids be challenged. The
first group will be focusing on the fundamentals of theatre, and are
performing a more lighthearted show. The second group is composed of
campers with more theatre experience, and are taking on an
emotionally complex show that is serious in tone. Those campers will
be focusing on more complex emotion, character development, and
have so many kids that want to come back, so it's time to let them
move beyond," Marty-Rasmussen explained.
is also the first year that the camp is held daily in the Reif
Center. In the past, the camp was held in the old Grand Rapids
Players building on the south side of town, and campers moved into
the Reif for the last week of camp for a tech week. Marty-Rasmussen
said being in the Reif for the whole camp has really streamlined the process.
in both groups started rehearsing on July 5, and have learned a ton
so far about the world of theatre. All campers are looking forward to
performing for their families, friends, and community members.
campers performing "A Thousand Cranes" said they are
having a blast, and are learning a lot about theatre.
Kottke said he is learning a lot about history by doing this show.
He expressed interest in World War II history, and found it
interesting to learn about the tragic Japanese side of the story.
general, the campers in "A
Thousand Cranes" are enjoying doing a more serious show. It
is a new thing for them, and it has been very educational.
just like how it's more of a serious play, it has a story with
it," explained camper Morgan Tinquist.
so sentimental," said camper Charli Seelye. "I can't wait
to make the audience cry."
cast of "A Thousand Cranes" is also doing a little
something special. In the show, Sadako folds 1,000 paper cranes in
the hope that her with to live would be granted. Today, people from
all around the world send paper cranes to the Children's Peace
Monument, located in Hiroshima, Japan. The cast is in the process of
folding 1,000 paper cranes, that they plan on sending to the
monument. This has been an emotional experience for the campers.
the campers and directors are looking forward to the performances in
the Wilcox Theatre. They all hope to see the community there at the
shows. Marty-Rasmussen has faith in all of the campers to perform two
guys are ready," she said, smiling.
Pan' sprinkles enjoyment on RRES
County Times, Staff Reports Feb 14, 2017
River Elementary School had an adventure to Neverland last Thursday
as students were treated to a performance of "Peter
The Play Peter
Pan at Rockfish School, Lynchburg VA
Tinker Bell, Captain Hook and other legendary figures of the classic
from novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie came to life in the school's
cafeteria with plenty of laughter from the audience. Actors include
students from second through fifth grade.
Rockfish River Players is putting on the play this Wednesday, Feb.
15 and Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $3 at the door and
children 2 and under are free, according to the school's website.
Review: A Thousand Cranes
by Studio 52 at Flat Rock Playhouse
Express, Ashville, NC
Thousand Cranes opens
with a stunning Kabuki theater-style dancer, who inhabits the stage
with a silent, flowing grace. The show, at times, delves into
Japanese culture and ritual, and the presence of this Kabuki Lion
Dancer amplifies the differences between our culture and theirs. Sara
Jane Killian performs this role with a poetic flourish.
Thousand Cranes packs an emotional wallop."
Studio 52 Kids fold cranes at
Flat Rock Playhouse, Ashville, NC
opening sequence is a series of vignettes that brings the audience
from the humble lives of those living in Hiroshima to that fateful
day, when the bomb - known as "Little Boy" - dropped from
the Enola Gay bomber and forever altered countless innocent lives.
The opening also includes Travis Pressley as an Enola Gay officer. He
shares the reactions of the airmen who had no idea of the devastating
impact of their duty that day. It is haunting and refreshing to
experience that often-overlooked perspective.
the end of the opening sequence, many audience members were softly
weeping. It packs an emotional wallop. The show pivots to the mundane
day to day lives that the survivors cobble for themselves afterward.
For Sadako, reality is worrying about winning a school relay race and
playing with her friends. The normalization after such a traumatic
event is stark, and reminds us of the innocence of children. But
Sadako's youthful journey is interrupted by Leukemia (which she
develops a full decade years after the bomb decimated her family's
lives and home). Her fight to overcome the disease is often sad, but
of the roles are cast with actors who alternate weekends of
performance, but several play the same roles across the full run.
Andrew Johnson and Aniela Lane play Sadako's parents, and though they
are clearly too young to comprehend the span of emotions required,
they give it their all and provide a solid anchor of emotion for the show.
two dozen young actors are a part of this production, with a dozen
more involved behind the scenes. Their ambitious production is
remarkable in its execution, and holds its own as a serious piece of
theater, youth or otherwise. These kids and their families and
friends should be proud of the powerful message they are presenting.
season at Villagers Theatre with 'Christmas
theater presents 'Christmas Peter Pan'
Central Jersey: Part of the USA Today Network
(Somerset) - Capt. Hook is at it again! No longer satisfied with
disrupting the peace in Neverland, he has decided to take a
"stab" at ruining Christmas. That is the premise of "A
Christmas Peter Pan" opening at the Villagers Theatre on
Saturday and running through Dec. 20.
plan includes preventing Santa from making his deliveries, capturing
Peter Pan to keep him from interfering with Part One of the plan,
and, for extra-bad measure, scattering all the toys out over the
frozen North Pole landscape. Now it's up to Tinker Bell and those
darling kids, Wendy, Michael and John - with a little help from the
audience - to save the day.
Hook is at it again!"
Lake Forest, IL - Christian Needs Center, LaMars IA
production is directed by Tina Lee and produced by Paul Carver, both
of township residents. Performances are 12 and 3 p.m. on Saturdays
and 12 p.m. on Sundays. The 12 p.m. performance on Dec. 19 is not
open to the public and is reserved for the "My Name is
Matthew" program. The purpose of the "My Name is
Matthew" program is to invite children with special needs to
enjoy the experience of live theatre.
Experience - The Dalles Chronicle
By Mark Gibson,
Theater Company presents Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs on June 23 (6 p.m.) and June 24 (2
p.m.) at The Dalles High School auditorium. The Dalles Theater
Company will "bring to life the enchanting tale of the
beautiful, gentle Snow White and her jealous stepmother, the Queen.
Sent on a perilous journey into the woods, Snow White befriends the
forest animals and the delightful seven dwarfs in this classic
tale." Doors open half an hour before each performance.
arts helps foster creative thinking."
The Dalles Theatre Company - Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs
Theatre Company sponsored a children's performance of ArtReach's
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this weekend at The Dalles High
School Auditorium. Above, the 30-minute play climaxes with a rousing
cheer of triumph.
In an age where
performing arts, of any type, is sometimes eliminated from the
classroom - TDYTC recognizes the importance and value such a program
will have on our youth. Performing Arts helps foster creative
thinking, improve positive self-worth and instill proper etiquette
that children will use in their daily lives now and in adulthood.
TDYTC will provide a safe learning environment where theatre skills
will be all encompassing. Children will be given the opportunity to
explore ALL aspects of the art of theatre. TDYTC recognizes that not
everyone wants to be on stage. Therefore, learning set/prop building,
lighting, staging, and costuming concepts will be offered as well.
Community Theatre presents The
Christmas Musical by Margery Williams, adapted by Kathryn Schultz
Miller, on Dec. 4 and 5.
Christmas morning, a young boy receives, among many gifts, a stuffed
velveteen rabbit. When the little stuffed Rabbit shows up under the
tree, the other toys laugh at him. And although the little boy loves
his little rabbit, it is often overshadowed by the other toys the boy
likes better. But Skin Horse, the shabbiest and wisest toy in the
nursery, tells him to be patient. A young boys love for his toys is a
cast brings to life this innovative, creative script which is full
of lively action, comedy and tender moments! The production offers
endless surprises, including a swashbuckling adventure and a spin on
Christmas carols that will captivate audiences both young and old.
Fleetwood Community Theatre's junior cast is comprised of young
actors from all of Berks County and is directed by Debbi Silas, with
Aimee Deibert as musical director and Ashley Frankhouser as choreographer.
production offers endless surprises."
Fleetwood Community Theatre
performs The Velveteen Rabbit
Community Theatre is a volunteer organization of theatre lovers
currently in their 28th season. FCT is committed to the education and
development of their membership within the theatre arts program by
offering opportunities to all ages both on-stage and behind the
scenes. As an outlet of quality musical, dramatic and ensemble
productions, it encourages and supports local youth to pursue
performing arts opportunities through school, church, collegiate or
other local productions.
Velveteen Rabbit - A Christmas Musical is performed one weekend
only at the Fleetwood Area Middle School Auditorium, 407 N. Richmond
St., Fleetwood. Two performances are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4 at
7 p.m. as well as a Saturday, Dec. 5, matinee performance at 2 p.m.
Tickets are for sale. Tickets can be pre-purchased online at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2444332 or by calling
Fleetwood Community Theatre at 484-637-7067.
the funny: Children's 'Pinocchio'
show at Valley Center Stage gets the youth crowd's approval
Carol Ladwig, Snoqualmie Valley Record and Sound Publishing, Inc
Eubank is hooked. The 4-year-old is on the edge of his seat - make
that his mom's lap - watching the adventures of Pinocchio in a new
Valley Center Stage production. He grins when Lorenzo chases
Pinocchio through the audience, chirps like a cricket on cue, nods
his head vigorously in answer to "anyone want a free ride to the
Land of Toys?" and, hands to his mouth, he looks really, really
worried when Pinocchio's dad can't wake the boy-puppet up.
imaginations are so limitless," said a gratified Craig Ewing,
who plays Pinocchio's father Gepetto in the children's show opening
Feb. 7 at the North Bend community theatre. The children, a group of
Cub Scouts and their families, not only enjoyed the first full dress
rehearsal of the show last Tuesday, they also had a few suggestions
to improve it.
is called an interactive show."
Valley Center Stage, North
instance, several of the children thought both Pinocchio and Alberto
should stay out of the "fire" in one of the final scenes,
and nearly all of them thought Pinocchio should dance "Gangnam
Style" when he first comes to life. Just at the suggestion, a
handful of Scouts got up to demonstrate their dance moves from the
Korean pop video.
Gary Schwartz, delighted with the reaction, says "It's funny, right?"
is what Schwartz wanted, which is why he invited the Scouts to watch
praised the writer saying "she just knows how to write this
kind of interaction."
Valley Center Stage, North
Bend, WA - Gary Schwartz Director
is called an interactive show," he explained to his audience,
so the actors will sometimes ask for help from the audience. Since it
was also a dress rehearsal, "sometimes we'll stop the show and
do something again, and then you can see it again, and that helps
tell us what you think is funny."
anything Hickory Cricket (Peter Cook) did was funny, and running,
dancing, and snoring all got great responses, but when Alberto was
about to send Pinocchio off to school with only a few books in his
backpack, one boy in the audience was distressed. "You forgot
his lunch!" he shouted to Alberto. "What about his lunch?!"
comedy and all, the actors - Ewing, Cook, Lisa and Peter Bryant and
their daughter Alex, Courtney Struelens and James Kolke as Pinocchio
- loved having a live audience to work with. "It makes it
easier with people, because we get to see what we're doing
right," said Struelens, appearing as the puppet Pepperoni,
"and (the audience) did such a great job!"
Bryant, a veteran actor at the theater, likes the contrast between
children's shows - she was also in "Jack and the Beanstalk"
- and shows for older audiences. "There's a lot of breaking of
that 'fourth wall' with a children's show," she said, but it
takes "the same amount of focus."
work, too. James Kolke, 11, as the title character, says the weeks
of rehearsal so far have been a lot of work, but he knew that going
into the auditions, having appeared in several productions of the
Valley Center Stage's traditional "A Christmas Carol."
(auditioned) because I had the chance to do it," he said.
"I just felt like a kid should be Pinocchio, otherwise an adult
script originally called for an adult Pinocchio. Schwartz praised
the writer, Kathryn Schultz Miller, whose scripts he's used in other
shows, saying "she just knows how to write this kind of interaction."
the rehearsal, Schwartz and crew thanked their audience, then took
questions and educated them a little about community theatre and
production challenges. Asked where the set came from, he explained
"We used it two years ago, for 'The Emperor's New Clothes.'"
Then gesturing to Ewing, he added "Craig here was walking
around in his underwear!"
you missed a good one," Ewing told the laughing crowd.
There's no need to miss this one, though. Pinocchio
opens Friday, Feb. 8 and runs for two weekends.
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