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The Majestic Theatre Announces Production of A Thousand Cranes, February 3rd & 4th at The Majestic

The New Majestic Education program will present A Thousand Cranes which will perform February 3rd & 4Th, 2012.

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(CORVALLIS) - Majestic Education will present A Thousand Cranes on Friday, February 3rd at 10:00am & 1:00 p.m. for students, and on Saturday, February 4th at 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Tickets for Students and Seniors are $5.00, and $7 for Adults.  For More Information, email education@majestic.org or call 541-758-7827.

The Majestic

The Majestic Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Corvallis at 115 SW 2nd Street between Monroe and Madison.  There is abundant free public parking and numerous bars and restaurants to enjoy before and after the show.

Performances

Friday February 3rd @ 10:00am & 1:00pm

Saturday February 4th @ 3:00pm & 7:00pm

A Thousand Cranes Performance Detail Description

The New Majestic Education program will present A Thousand Cranes which will perform February 3rd & 4Th, 2012.  Story synopsis available on our website, www.majestic.org. For More Information, email education@majestic.org or call 541-758-7827.  For group sales information, email christel@majestic.org.  The Majestic is located at 115 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis, OR 97333. 

 

Story Synopsis

A Thousand Cranes

A Thousand Cranes presents the true and poignant story of Sadako Saski, who was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her small city of Hiroshima, Japan. Ten years later Sadako is diagnosed with “radiation sickness”, an aftermath of the bombs effects. With boundless optimism, Sadako takes an ancient story to heart: If a sick person folds a thousand paper cranes, the Gods will grant their wish and make them well again.

Before Sadako is able to complete her task, she is transported to the land of her ancestors by a giant crane. Sadako realizes her wish is no longer for herself, but for peace for all children. Sadako’s worried that since she didn’t finish her cranes, her wish won’t come true. Her Grandmother then tells her, “It is better to leave them to others to finish”.

The actual Sadako died on October 25, 1955. Her friends and classmates folded 356 cranes to make a thousand. Sadako’s friends then began to dream of building a monument to her and all the children who were killed by the atom bomb. In 1958 the statue was unveiled in Hiroshima Peace Park. Each year on August 6, the anniversary of the bombing, thousands of people bring paper cranes to adorn the statue. There is Sadako holding a golden crane in outstretched arms. Her wish is engraved on the base of the statue: “This is our cry, this is our prayer, peace in the world.”

Production History

Kathryn Schultz Miller created the children's play of this true story in 1988. Ms. Miller has adapted this children's play version of A Thousand Cranes for a large cast of young performers, schools, teachers and students. A Thousand Cranes was performed at the Kennedy Center, the Sundance Institute, and has been produced thousands of times the world over.  A Thousand Cranes was selected out of 481 nominations across the US to represent the nation in the American High School Theatre Festival as part of the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Playwrights Bio

Kathryn Schultz Miller co-founded the professional ArtReach Touring Theatre and served as Artistic Director for over 20 years. Most of her 44 plays have been published and have won countless awards. She has won Playwriting Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and the Post-Corbett Foundation. Kathy lives in Cincinnati with her husband Barry, who handles orders, soundtracks and website design for Children’s Theatre Plays.com.

Director Bio

WILLOW NORTON.  Norton is a Director and Teacher focused on new work development.  Recent directing projects include; S.H.A.V.E.D. at HERE Arts Center and The Philly Fringe, Instructions Included for The Midtown International Festival, REACH for At Hand Theatre Company, School House Rock for ACE Academy, In the Way for Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and POP in the Night for At Hand Theatre Company.  Assistant Directing for THE UNDERSTUDY by Theresa Rebeck at The Wilma Theater, Continuous City for The Builders Association at The Kitchen & St. Ann's Warehouse, Dreams of Friendly Aliens for Abingdon Theatre Company, The Man at the Sea for Emerging Arts Theater Company, and Henry V for Cornish College of the Arts.  As a Teaching Artist, Norton has worked at ACE Academy, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Washington Academy of Performing Arts, Cornish College of the Arts, and Brooklyn Kids.  She has also worked for Culture Project, 3101 Arts, and The Painted Bride.

Press and Interviews

To schedule an interview, receive additional materials or to make a press reservation, please contact Willow Norton at education@majestic.org.

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