May 13, 2008

*ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE SECOND STAGE PLAYERS PRESENT*

Oddfellows Playhouse Second Stage Players present a mini-production of “A Thousand Cranes,” the inspiring account of a young girl’s courage in the face of personal tragedy. Under the direction of Jane Harris, a cast of 17 talented young actors, ages 9-11, from throughout central Connecticut tells the story of Sadako and how the paper crane became an international symbol of peace.

Sadako was just 2 years when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and at age 11, she was diagnosed with leukemia, known as the “atom bomb disease.” An ancient Japanese legend says that the gods grant a wish to anyone who can fold 1,000 paper cranes. Sadako’s legacy is that her paper cranes still remind young people to strive for their dreams. During rehearsals for this play, the cast learned to fold the origami paper cranes, and their goal is to fold 1,000 cranes in honor of Sadako and all other brave children who face life-threatening illnesses.

This production is appropriate for all ages. The show runs Friday, May 23 at 7 pm and Saturday, May 24 at 11 am at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. For more information or reservations, call (860) 347-6143.