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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 St.  

COLUMBIA, Ky. - The award-winning children's play A Thousand Cranes will be performed Nov. 10, by the Lindsey Wilson College Theatre Program. 

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 semester.  

"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 children." 

And Brock said children make for some of the best audience members.

"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 or 270-590-4803.

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