Children's Theatre of Charlotte
Takes Flight with "A Thousand Cranes"
Presenting a tale of courage, hope and peace, Children's Theatre of Charlotte
presents "A Thousand Cranes," performed by resident touring company
the Tarradiddle Players, February 18-20, 2005.
Winner of the NEA Playwriting Award, Katherine Schultz Miller's evocative play
tells the true story of Sadako Sasaki. A resident of Hiroshima, Japan,
Sadako had seemingly survived the atomic blast unscathed, only to be diagnosed
ten years later with leukemia. A friend reminds her of an ancient Japanese
legend that if a sick person folds 1000 origami paper cranes, she will be
healed. Sadako pours all of her love and energy into folding the cranes.
She folds over 600 paper cranes before the leukemia claims her. After her death,
her classmates and friends carried on her message, first by folding the
remainder of the cranes needed to reach 1000, then by raising awareness of
Sadako's story throughout the country, which led to the building of a soaring
statue of the brave young girl in Hiroshima's Peace Park. Engraved at the
base of the statue is their plea: "This is our cry. This is our
prayer. Peace in the world."
"I feel strongly that children should have a voice about things that affect
them directly," remarks director Nicia Carla, "A Thousand Cranes
allows them to think about subjects like war, illness, and death from a safe
place. Sadako's story is extraordinary, because she is just an ordinary
12-year old girl who has the bravery to face what scares her. I think our
honesty resonates with our audiences."
This beloved tale of one girl's courage and hope is brought to life by the
Children's Theatre's resident touring company, the Tarradiddle Players:
Nikki Adkins, Adrienne Nixon, Chaz Pofahl, and Steven Ivey.
Performance times and dates are as follows:
February 18, 7:30 pm (Center sold out, side seats available)
February 19, 3:00 pm
February 20, 2:00 pm (Center sold out, side seats available)
February 20, 4:00 pm
Performances will be held at Children's Theatre of Charlotte, 1017 E. Morehead
Street. Tickets are $12.00 for center seats, $10.00 for side seats.
For tickets or more information call the Children's Theatre Box Office at
704-333-8983 (10 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday) or visit our web site at www.ctcharlotte.org
This production is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Children's Theatre of Charlotte is supported by the Annual Fund Drive of the
Arts and Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc., ArtsTeach, and the North
Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the
National Endowment for the Arts. The media sponsor for the 2004-05 season is