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"I wanted to congratulate you on 1000 Cranes. It was more than a
play, it truly was a total EXPERIENCE!! I loved it. Your very
talented cast put so much life into such a poignant and important story!"
Altman, Southboro, Prana Center, Holliston
a young girl I read Sadako's story and remember how much it
resonated with me. Here is a girl with dignity, grace and
irrepressible spirit. Sadako reminds us what a single gesture
of kindness can have on future generations."
Unlekant, Educational Outreach, Syracuse Stage, NY
Time: About 40 minutes.
Medium Cast is for a Medium Size Flexible cast of 13, 4 Male, 4
Female, All others M/F.
adapted for larger or smaller cast.
(University Interscholastic League) Approved Play!
high school drama club won the North Dakota State One Act
competition yesterday, mostly because the possibility of great things
with your script."
Entzi, Drama Teacher, Edgeley High School, NC
you haven't seen A Thousand Cranes, don't miss it! It was incredibly
moving. Until you see these young actors and actresses portray
the life of one affected 12 year old girl, you haven't really felt
the story with your heart."
LeBeau, Holliston Prana Center, MA
Version: This one act play is perfect for Middle Schools, High
Schools, Community Theatres, One-Act Play Contests and One-Act Play Festivals.
Beautiful Soundtrack CD with
easy cue sheet will add incredible polish and professionalism to
in Theatre for Young Audiences: 20 Great Plays for Children
is a story of beauty and hope."
Unlekant, Educational Outreach, Syracuse Stage, NY
Middle, Katonah, NY
A Thousand Cranes
Cast Version for Middle & High Schools
About 40 minutes.
of 13, 4 Male, 4 Female, All others M/F.
for larger or smaller cast.
(29 LINES, M/F)*
(27 LINES, M/F)*
(26 LINES, M/F)*
(25 LINES, M/F)*
(105 LINES, F)
(17 LINES, M)
(19 LINES, F)
CHAN (26 LINES, F)
(SIGNIFICANT MOVEMENT, M)**
(1 SPEECH, M)**
WATANBE (1 SPEECH, F)**
(1 SPEECH, M/F)**
* Number of
ACTORS 1-4 may be doubled or divided.
** These parts
may be played by ACTORS 1-4.
Easy to Stage a Stunning Production!
Barter Theatre, Abington VA
"Thank you for writing such an inspiring play. I've been
teaching drama for three years at St. Mary Magdalen and never have my
students been more engaged with a story."
St. Mary Magdalen School - Hazel Park, MI
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effects, original background music
Soundtrack contains special sound effects and background music
(original music written for the play) that may be used to greatly
enhance the performance. It does not contain music for the performers
to sing along with. Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end -
times shown below include silence.
[ Click on [sample]
to hear a short sample of the indicated cues ]
FOLDING / A-BOMB (2:09) [sample]
RUNNING MUSIC (1:44) [sample]
HOSPITAL VOICES (1:14) [sample]
CRANE FOLDING (1:06)
FROG (0:48) [sample]
HOSPITAL / FOLDING (1:21)
FOLDING / FLYING (repeat) (6:58) [sample]
FOLDING / CURTAIN CALL (5:05)
Some teachers choose familiar songs, obtain sheet music and insert
these songs into the play. We recognize that each school has a
wide variety of educational needs to fulfill and we invite you to be
creative in your use of our scripts; including changes or additions
that are appropriate for your students. As author/publisher of our
own creative works, we do ask that you obtain proper copyright
permission for any additions you might make - that responsibility is
up to you.
& Sound Resources Available on the Internet
Music, Song Books, CDs, DVDs, Sing-along,
Proven Winner in Play Contests!
Stage, NY - Fusion Youth Theatre, Grimsby, UK
won the Oklahoma State Championship in one act play contest by a
solid decision! The profoundly moving script allowed us to make the
most of our resources with its simple open staging."
Jim Ryan, Drama
Teacher, Norman North High School OK
Thousand Cranes has many light moments! This is a fun, lively
exchange between Sadako and her friend Kenji.
I have a present for you.
Close your eyes.
squinches her eyes shut, KENJI puts a piece of gold paper on the bed.)
Now you can look.
at paper.) What is it?
Ive figured out a way for you to get well. Watch!
folds paper into origami crane. Recorded music heard earlier in the
mimed folding is heard:
There may be 3 paper cranes hidden in the bench or covered by
KENJIs satchel. He may secretly change one crane to another to
show it in 2 or 3 stages of folding. At last he taps its wings and
head into place and holds the crane in the palm of his hand as if it
is very precious.)
Kenji, its beautiful. (Takes crane.) But how can this
paper crane make me well?
Dont you remember that old story about the crane? Its
supposed to live for a thousand years. If a sick person folds one
thousand paper cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her
healthy again. Theres your first one.
touched.) Oh, Kenji. Its beautiful.
Make a wish.
make musical sound of chimes from the music stand. SADAKO holds it
out before her, closes her eyes, and her lips move silently. She
looks up at KENJI, very moved by his gift.)
Thank you, Kenji. Thank you.
Dont thank me. You have to fold the rest yourself.
Ill start today. (Looks around.) But Ill
her on.) Now where in the world could we get some paper? (Pretends
to think, then pulls paper out of his satchel.) Well, what do
you know? Look what I have here. (Hands it to her.) This ought
to keep you busy.
paper, smiles at his fun, becomes serious.) Kenji?
to be strong.) Who won the race?
Oh, I dont remember her name. She wasnt very fast. She
was a turtle.
But you always said I was a turtle.
Oh, well, I was only teasing when I said that. Youre much more
like that crane there. You run very fast, Sadako, like a bird. Like
ready to cry, bolsters herself.) So if Im not a turtle,
does that mean youre not a frog?
What? Me? A frog? Why, thats the silliest thing I ever heard...
croak! Oops! Theres that sound again. Croak! Uh-oh. Its
starting again, Sadako. Look! Croak! Im turning all green and
warty! Croak! Croak!
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