Children’s Theatre’s Tarradiddle Players Open Season With “A Thousand Cranes”  

Tarradiddle Players, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Resident Touring Company, begins its season in the Wachovia Playhouse with the thought-provoking and uplifting story “A Thousand Cranes” (October 24 - November 2).  

Winner of multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, this play by Kathryn Schultz Miller tells the true story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who developed leukemia from exposure to the atomic bomb that devastated the city of Hiroshima . Confined to her hospital bed, Sadako finds hope in the Japanese legend that a sick person who folds a thousand paper cranes will be healed. Beautifully told with the help of traditional Japanese theatre techniques and movement, “A Thousand Cranes” shares a message of personal strength, courage and peace.  

“’A Thousand Cranes’ allows children to think about subjects like war, illness, and death from a safe place,” says director Nicia Carla. “Although Sadako is an ordinary 12-year old girl, her amazing bravery and ability to face the things that scare her are extraordinary. I think the simplicity and honesty of this story will resonate with our audiences.”  

“A Thousand Cranes” stars the 2008-09 Tarradiddle Players company: Darlene Parker-Black, Ashby Blakely, Leslie Ann Giles and Stephen Seay. In addition to appearances on Children’s Theatre’s MainStage, this professional four-person troupe spreads the joy of live theatre across the Southeast. This season, the Tarradiddle Players will travel from Virginia to South Carolina , performing in schools, community centers and towns big and small for audiences who might otherwise never see a live play. Meet the Tarradiddle Players and hear stories from the road at an audience talkback following the opening night performance on October 24.  

Performance times and dates are:  

Friday, October 24                          7:30 pm

Saturday, October 25                      3:00 pm

Sunday, October 26                        2:00 pm

Saturday, November 1                     3:00 pm *Signed*

Sunday, November 2                       2:00 pm  

Performances will be held in the Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn, 300 East 7th Street .  Front Orchestra tickets are $18.00; General Admission tickets are $14.00. For tickets to the productions, call the Children’s Theatre Box Office at 704-973-2828 (10 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.) or visit our website:  Recommended for ages 7 and up and grades 2 and up.  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is supported, in part, with an Operating Grant from the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc., ArtsTeach, and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
Time Warner Cable: the 2008-09 Media Sponsor of Children's Theatre of Charlotte

US Airways: the 2008-09 Official Airline of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

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