West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive Parkersburg WV 26104
Phone: 304-424-8203 | Fax: 304-424-8315
WVU Parkersburg's College Theatre will present A Thousand Cranes April 29-30 as the final show of its regular 2005-2006 season.
CONTACT: R. Carson Soelberg, director of theatre, at 304-424-8295.
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West Virginia University at Parkersburg's College Theatre will present A Thousand Cranes April 29-30 as the final show of its regular 2005-2006 season.
Curtain time for the play by Kathryn Schultz Miller is 7 p.m., Friday, April 28, and 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 29 & 30, in the college's multi-purpose room. The family-oriented production is free and open to the public.
A Thousand Cranes is the story of Sadako, a young girl who lived in Hiroshima and was only two years old when the atomic bomb took its toll on the city in 1945. The play is set in 1955 and Sadako is now 12 years old and preparing to run in the Hiroshima races but her training is interrupted by what many refer to as "radiation sickness." Sadako has leukemia.
Her friend and trainer, 14-year-old Kenji, visits Sadako in the hospital and reminds her of the old legend that the person who folds one thousand paper cranes will be made well. They begin the folding process in hopes of restoring Sadako's health.
Based upon the book by the same name, A Thousand Cranes is a family-oriented play and it is hoped that the issues raised will provide discussion topics for all who attend, Carson Soelberg, theatre director, noted.
The play is approximately 35 minutes in length. There will be an opportunity to discuss the work with members of the cast and Soelberg immediately following each performance.cd042106