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 <>.  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 WCNC-TV.



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