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Winning Play 'A Thousand Cranes' has been performed around the world!  Sadako's message inspires young people with hope and peace!


 A Thousand Cranes!  One Act Play for Professional Theatres!

Play for Teens to Perform! "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!"

 Sheryl Altman, Southboro, Prana Center, Holliston


 

Play for Teens to Perform! "As 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."

Lauren Unlekant, Educational Outreach, Syracuse Stage, NY


Play for Teens to Perform! Running Time: About 40 minutes.


 One Act Plays for Middle Schools - A Thousand Cranes

Morristown-Beard School, NJ

Play for Teens to Perform! ArtReach's Medium Cast is for a Medium Size Flexible cast of 13, 4 Male, 4 Female, All others M/F.


Play for Teens to Perform! Easily adapted for larger or smaller cast.


 One Act Play for Schools - A Thousand Cranes

Asian Children's
Play Festival

Play for Teens to Perform! UIL (University Interscholastic League) Approved Play!


 One Act Play for Schools - A Thousand Cranes

Play for Teens to Perform! "My high school drama club won the North Dakota State One Act competition yesterday, mostly because the possibility of great things with your script."

Melissa Entzi, Drama Teacher, Edgeley High School, NC


Play for Teens to Perform! A Thousand Cranes Inspires Compassion!

David Heard and Lafayette College founded the National Crane Project
National Crane Project: David’s Origami Cranes


Play for Teens to Perform! "If 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."

Ceci LeBeau, Holliston Prana Center, MA


 One Act Play for Schools - A Thousand Cranes

Play for Teens to Perform! Medium Version: This one act play is perfect for Middle Schools, High Schools, Community Theatres, One-Act Play Contests and One-Act Play Festivals.


Play for Teens to Perform! A Beautiful Soundtrack CD with easy cue sheet will add incredible polish and professionalism to your production.


Twenty Great Plays for Children!

Featured in Theatre for Young Audiences: 20 Great Plays for Children


Play for Teens to Perform!"This is a story of beauty and hope." 

Lauren Unlekant, Educational Outreach, Syracuse Stage, NY


A Thousand Cranes!

Ancient Emperor,
Harvey Middle, Katonah, NY


Play for Teens to Perform! "A Thousand Cranes left me emotional but hopeful for a future where we have learned from the past."

Katie Roundy, Utah Theatre Bloggers


Play for Teens to Perform! "A THOUSAND CRANES is a moving story of one girl's courage and triumph."

Julia Magnasco Education Director, First Stage, Milwaukee, WI


Play for Teens to Perform! “Telling the true story of a young Japanese girl who lived through Hiroshima in World War II,  allowed ACT to bring history, literature, art, science and world studies to hundreds and hundreds of local students.”

Director Sarah Diamond Burroway, Actors for Children Theatre, Flatwoods KY


Play for Teens to Perform! "A Thousand Cranes", was presented Saturday at the One Act Festival at Cumberland High School where Galileo nabbed second place overall in the district competition."

Director Glenn Weyler


 One Act Play for Schools - A Thousand Cranes

Play for Teens to Perform! "Thanks again for a wonderful story.  Everyone in the audience loved our A Thousand Cranes. Our cast has been proud to tell this story.  We all agreed that we would be a little sad to perform A Thousand Cranes for the last time." 

Jan Thompson, Central High School Wise, VA


Play for Teens to Perform! Instructions on How to Fold a Paper Crane and where to send them to Sadako's Statue in Japan are in ArtReach's Teacher's Guide!


Play for Teens to Perform! "A Thousand Cranes is filled with messages of hope, strength, and courage and continues to encourage young people throughout the world to work for peace."

Chapel Hill, Carrboro, NC


Play for Teens to Perform! "This multiple award-winning play has been produced by countless professional and community theatres in the United States and in other countries around the world."

 Skwalking Heads  Chattanooga Center


East Central High School Drama Club (Kathy Ebnet, Director), of Sandstone, MN, Minnesota. Their  A Thousand Cranes was selected out of 481 nominations to represent the US in the American High School Theatre Festival, Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.


 

One Act Play for Middle Schools! A Thousand Cranes One Act Play for High Schools!
 Play for Middle & High Schools! Medium Cast!

The True Story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
FULL DOWNLOAD - Entire School Play Package with Soundtrack Audio Files

A Powerful Story for Young People
Play Script for Medium Sized Cast!  A Thousand Cranes! Script for Middle Schools and High Schools!  A Thousand Cranes!
Honolulu Theatre for Youth - The National School of Drama, Delhi, India
For A Medium Size (Medium) Cast of Teens, Middle Schools, High Schools

A Thousand Cranes is an extraordinary experience for young performers and young audiences. This One Act Play may be staged with a few simple props and unlimited imagination. The result is always elegant and moving.

Excellent Roles for Young Performers
A Thousand Cranes - Large Cast Play for Young People to Perform The True Story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Play for Kids to Perform - Lansing Middle School, NY

"It was an outstanding production! The performance left me with burning eyes and a lump in my throat and a fear that my heart would burst with pride!"
Greg Brooks, Headmaster, St. Mary's DSG School for Girls, South Africa

Scripts and Play for Schools and Students! Affordable School Play Package! Scripts for Schools, Teachers and Students!

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A Thousand Cranes is the true, poignant story of Sadako Sasaki. Sadako was only two years old when the Hiroshima bomb fell and seemed to be unharmed, but at twelve she was diagnosed with "radiation sickness".

Play for Teens to Perform! Easy to Stage a Stunning Production Play for Teens to Perform!
A Thousand Cranes for Middle Schools! A Thousand Cranes!  One Act Play from ArtReach!
Somerset Co. Vocational School, NJ - Asian Children's Theatre Festival

"A local touring troupe for children won top honors at the Kentucky Theatre Association Community Theatre Festival. Actors for Children Theatre of Flatwoods, KY was selected as KTA’s 2013 “Outstanding Production” for its performance of A Thousand Cranes."
Herald-Dispatch, Huntington WV

Play for Teens to Perform! "A Single Gesture of Kindness..." Play for Teens to Perform!
One Act Play for Schools - A Thousand Cranes Excellent play for young adults!  A THOUSAND DRANES
Ashland Children's Theatre - Orcutt Academy, Santa Maria, CA

With boundless optimism, she takes an old story to heart:  "If a sick person folds a thousand paper cranes the gods will grant her wish and make her well again."  Sadako begins to fold her thousand cranes.


"The Students Were Amazing!" A Thousand Cranes for Kids to Perform! A Thousand Cranes Play for Kids!
Actors for Children Theatre, Flatwoods, KY - Centenary Stage, MA

Before Sadako is able to complete her task, she is visited by her Grandmother who lovingly carries her on the back of a glorious crane, to the land of a thousand, thousand spirits. There Sadako joins her ancestors and learns that her true wish may be granted.

Play for Teens to Perform! "Resonates Beautifully" Play for Teens to Perform!
Playscript for Young Performers - A Thousand Cranes Script for Middle School Students - A Thousand Cranes
Young Cast, Majestic Theatre, Crovallis, OR, 2012

Sadako's friends and classmates finished Sadako's work. They folded enough paper cranes to make a thousand.

Scripts and Play for Schools and Students! Affordable School Play Package! Scripts for Schools, Teachers and Students!

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Sadako's Friends Folded Paper Cranes
Play for Young Audiences - A Thousand Cranes Seattle Peace Park Monument
Lexington Children's Theater, KY - Seattle Peace Park

 Today children in Japan and all over the world, children fold a thousand paper cranes and lay them at the feet of Sadako's statue in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Their wish is engraved at the bottom of the monument:

"This is Our Cry - This is Our Prayer..."
Hiroshima Peace Park Seattle Peace Park Nagasaki Monument
"Peace in the World"


Play for Schools, Theatres, Youth Groups
One Act Play for Schools - A Thousand Cranes One Act Play for Schools - A Thousand Cranes
A Thousand Cranes, Fusion Youth Theatre, Grimsby, UK

A THOUSAND CRANES GETS 5 STARS IN SALT LAKE CITY!
“AWESOME!” “LOVED IT!” “The dedication and outpouring of soul
oozing from each cast member resonates beautifully.”
Brigham Young University, Utah, Utah Stages Review

Play for Teens to Perform! Sadako Flies on a Wonderous Journey! Play for Teens to Perform!
Children's Play - A Thousand Cranes Children's Play - A Thousand Cranes
A Thousand Cranes, Lexington Children's Theatre, KY

“What an absolutely unforgettable experience you have given us. We had an overwhelming response to A THOUSAND CRANES. We had a total sold-out audience of nearly 600 and the show held everyone enthralled! No one moved a muscle during the entire show and there were always tears and prolonged applause.”
Sharon Sproule Ontario’s Espanola Youth Theatre

Scripts and Play for Schools and Students! Affordable School Play Package! Scripts for Schools, Teachers and Students!

READ SCRIPT SAMPLE, CAST LIST, HEAR SOUND CUES


National Endowment for the Arts Winner
La Mirada Theatre - Phantom Projects - A Thousand Cranes A Thousand Cranes, Play for Professional Theatres
Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Playwriting Award
Phantom Projects, La Mirada Theatre, CA - Syracuse Stage

“A Thousand Cranes made history come alive for these kids,” Director Wilson said. “It has given them a life experience that they would have never had without doing this dramatic piece. I think it’s touched them all greatly. District administrators watched a dress rehearsal of the play Wednesday with tears in their eyes."
Kids Grades 6, 7, 8 at Orcutt Acadmey, Santa Maria, CA

Play for Teens to Perform! Dramatic Roles for Your Talented Students Play for Teens to Perform!Excellent Play for Young People!  A Thousand Cranes! A Thousand Cranes for Young People
Lansing Middle School, NY

"The ideas and movements used are inspired by traditional, Japanese theatre, and are also visually beautiful," said the Players' artistic director Katy Brown, who's also directing A Thousand Cranes. "The audience will be taken to another country and culture through Japanese percussion, music, costumes, masks, glowing lanterns and a stunning set."
Barter Theatre, Abington, VA

Scripts and Play for Schools and Students! Affordable School Play Package! Scripts for Schools, Teachers and Students!

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"An Unforgettable Experience!"
A Thousand cranes for Young People Large Cast Script for Kids - A Thousand Cranes
University of Wisconsin  -  Syracuse Stage

A Flexible Cast of 13: (4m, 4f, 5 m/f) Doubling & extras possible. You have permission to adjust the cast to your school's needs.

One Act Play Length: About 40-45 minutes long: Perfect for touring to your local elementary school.

Easy staging, costumes, scenery: Inexpensive masks, fans and paper parasols create a setting of stunning drama.  Several special costumes may be created in the shop or art room.  Your students' imaginations will soar!

  Play for Teens to Perform! Medium Cast for Teens to Perform! Play for Teens to Perform!
A Thousand Cranes!  Play for Teens! A Thousand Cranes for Kids!
Western Academy of Beijing - Bednarcik Junior High School, Oswego IL


One-Act Play Award Winner!
One Act Play for Schools - A Thousand Cranes A Thousand Cranes - True Story of Sadako Sasaki
Barter Theatre, Abington, Va -- Lansing Middle School, NY

"A wonderful One Act Playscript that gives the actors and director complete artistic choice!  There were very few dry eyes in the house at the end of this performance."
Stephanie Brotherton, Drama Teacher, Marion C. Early High School, MO 

Play for Teens to Perform! Send Your Paper Cranes to Sadako Play for Teens to Perform!Send your cranes to Sadako!
Somerset County Vocational School, NJ

"In honor of this amazing story of one little girl who helped change the world, PPT is encouraging all the students attending the school shows to fold an origami crane to be hung in the Norvell Theater throughout the run of the show."
Piedmont Players, Salisbury, NC


Small Cast Children's Plays - A Thousand Cranes

Plays for Children - A Thousand Cranes

One Acts Plays for Children - A Thousand Cranes

 

A Thousand Cranes (3 Versions):

Touring Version
Cast of 3, for Adult Actors. (1m, 2f)

Medium Version (this page)
Flexible Cast of 13 for grades 6-12
(4m, 4f, 5m/f)

School Play Version
Flexible Cast of 17-38, grades K-6
(2m, 4f, 9-32m/f)


"The students were amazing and our audience very appreciative. We made 1000 cranes to send to Japan and now all feel so satisfied with our efforts. What a great experience!"
Phyl Cameron, Phoenix Players, NZ

"What a great experience!" Plays for Middle Schools!  A Thousand Cranes!
Middle School Performers, Phoenix Players, New Zealand

"Our production is unique in that in additional to spoken English, we have seamlessly interwoven American Sign Language, which is spoken by everyone in the play.  A Thousand Cranes is the story of one girl's brave battle, and the wish that made her a national heroine in Japan."
Ritual Theatre Company, New York, New York

Scripts and Play for Schools and Students! Affordable School Play Package! Scripts for Schools, Teachers and Students!

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS! Are you looking for a version of this play that you can perform with your students? Cast size 30+, adapted for young performers.

Click here: SCHOOL-PLAY VERSION!

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