A Thousand Cranes
Award-Winning Production, A Thousand Cranes, Comes to OCCC
Hear the true story of the Hiroshima girl who became ill with radiation poisoning after the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945
Oklahoma City – Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) on Wednesday, April 4, will present the award-winning children’s theater production A Thousand Cranes. The play will tell the true story of a 12-year old girl in Hiroshima who became ill with radiation poisoning after the atomic bomb was dropped on her town and the tradition of folding 1,000 origami cranes to bring one back to health.
There will be two showings of A Thousand Cranes in the Bruce Owen Theater, one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 1 p.m. The play is best suited to students in grades four through eight, and seating is limited to 285 students per show. Cost of admission is $5.00 per student (group sponsors are free). Advanced reservations are required of large groups; cash only walk-ups are welcomed, based on seating availability.
About A Thousand Cranes
A Thousand Cranes presents the true and poignant story of a two-year-old girl, Sadako Saski, who was affected by the aftermath of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Japan on Aug. 9, 1945, in her small city of Hiroshima.
In the story, Sadako, is now 12 years old, is an excellent athlete who races daily with her friend Kenji to prepare for an important competition. However, one day while running, Sadako gets dizzy and falls. She is hospitalized, and it is discovered that she has "radiation sickness," or leukemia—an effect of the bombing that happened 10 years before, during which her grandmother was killed.
Kenji, Sadako’s friend, arrives at the hospital, "I've figured out a way for you to get well," he says. He reminds her of the old story about the crane. If a sick person folds a thousand origami cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. Sadako happily begins folding hundreds of beautiful, colorful paper cranes and calls to the spirit of her grandmother.
"I have come to show you something," her grandmother says. As if in a dream, Sadako folds a giant crane which comes to life and flies them to the mountain of her ancestors. Once there, Sadako is honored to meet all the spirits of her heritage. Soon Sadako realizes she must stay with these comforting spirits. "But I haven't folded a thousand cranes yet," she protests. "It's better to leave them to others to finish," her grandmother assures her.
Sadako died on October 25, 1955. Her friends and classmates folded the remaining 356 cranes to make one thousand. Sadako's friends then began to dream of building a monument to her and all the children who were killed by the atomic 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."
For more information about the production of A Thousand Cranes at OCCC, or to make reservations for your school group, please call (405) 682-7579.
Where: Oklahoma City Community College
Address: 7777 S. May