Madison No. 1 Middle School theater troupe to give origami to Japan
Symbolizing healing and peace around the world, more than 75 students and parents took time last week to fold squares of colorful paper into cranes. The goal of the community crane night at Madison No. 1 Middle School is to help the theater class make 1,000 origami cranes to send to Hiroshima, Japan.
For many of the adults, it was their first time making origami.
“I gave up,” parent Jill Kuefner said. “It’s a lot harder than it looks. But my daughter, she can make them out of Post-its.”
The crane night is tied to the school’s stage production of “A Thousand Cranes.” The play is about a young Japanese girl with leukemia who made hundreds of origami cranes.
This is the school’s second year having a theater class, teacher Melany Lange said.
Last year, the fifth- through eighth-grade classes performed “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan.”
“Last year felt like Disney,” Lange said. “Now it’s something meaningful. It’s really neat that it’s a true story and real and not a happy-go-lucky story. We might put tissue boxes in the aisles.”
Lange said students read “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr, and learned about Japanese culture, the atomic bomb and war.
Sadako Sasaki died Oct. 25, 1955. She was 12 years old.
Hiroshima Peace Park
Following the performance, the theater classes will send the 1,000 paper cranes to the park in Japan where they will be placed near the statue of Sadako. The Children’s Peace Monument is dedicated to the memory of the children who died as a result of the bombing.
6 p.m. Dec. 10, Madison No. 1 Middle School, 5525 N. 16th St. $2.
For information, 602-664-7199.
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