LWC Theatre performs award-winning children's play A Thousand Cranes
Posted on Monday, November 07, 2016 [6:38 PM]
Japanese students Yuri Nishimura (left) and
Natsune Masuda assist American student Mariah Lane (middle) on
how to wear a traditional Japanese kimono. The students are part of
LWC's "Children's Theatre" class who will perform the award-winning
children's play A Thousand Cranes
at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, Nov.
10, in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson
COLUMBIA, Ky. - The award-winning
children's play A Thousand Cranes will be
performed Nov. 10, by the Lindsey Wilson College Theatre
The performance -- which is free and open to the public -- will
be given at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, Nov. 10,
in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson St.
The LWC production is based on the historical children's
book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by
Eleanor Coerr. The theatre adaptation, written by Kathryn Schultz
Miller, is a true story about the life of Sadako Sasaki, a young
girl who survives the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, but dies
later from the aftereffects.
Lindsey Wilson Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Brock, who
is the play's director, says he was inspired by the students in his
"Children's Theatre" class to produce the cross-cultural play this
"A Thousand Cranes includes actors from Japan,
Korea and the United States," Brock said. "It seemed not only
possible but timely to bring this story of war, illness and peace
to the Lindsey Wilson stage."
Japanese exchange student Natsune Masuda says the cross-cultural
experience enabled the cast to explore sensitive issues and gain a
better understanding of cultural traditions.
"At the time the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima our
countries were at war," said Masuda. "And now, Japanese students,
Americans and Koreans can come together to tell this story of
Sadako and her hope for peace."
A Thousand Cranes is a play that is heavier than
most children's productions but is told in an inspiring way that
will not frightened or upset anyone.
"Sadako's story of extraordinary courage and perseverance is a
wonderful introduction to Japanese culture for your
And Brock said children make for some of the best audience
"Children are the best audience there is," said Brock, who has
worked in children's theater throughout his more than 30-year
career. "Children don't hold back -- they really respond if you
bring the story to them."
The Lindsey Wilson College Theatre Program will
present A Thousand Cranes at 7 p.m. CT Nov.
10 at V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson St. For more
information, contact Robert Brock at email@example.com or 270-590-4803.