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Fall Play, Remembering Hiroshima, to be held on 11/5 and 11/6 at THS

posted Oct 23, 2015, 9:15 AM by THS Webmaster   [ updated Nov 2, 2015, 5:39 AM ]
Triad High School’s fall play, Remembering Hiroshima: “A Thousand Cranes” and “The Mask of Hiroshima”, will be performed in the school’s cafetorium on Thursday, November 5, and Friday, November 6, at 7 p.m.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, two one-act plays will be presented.
The first, Kathryn Schultz Miller’s “A Thousand Cranes”, is the true and poignant story of twelve-year-old Sadako Saski, who was stricken with “radiation sickness” (leukemia) ten years after the bombing of her city, Hiroshima. Her friend Kenji comes to visit her in the hospital and reminds her of an old story that says if a sick person folds a thousand origami cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. Although her spirits are lifted, Sadako still dies before reaching a thousand, leaving the remaining 365 cranes to be folded for her by her friends and classmates. Sadakos’ friends then originated the idea of building a monument to her and to all the children who were killed by the atomic bomb. In 1958 the statue was unveiled in Hiroshima Peace Park. Sadako is standing on top of a granite mountain, holding a golden crane in her outstretched arms. Her wish is engraved on the base of the statue: “This is our city, this is our prayer, peace in the world.”

The follow-up piece, Ernest Ferlita’s “The Mask of Hiroshima”, is set seven years after the bombing. The play has to do with a couple who are expecting a baby. Shinji and Hisa Ishikawa both still wear the mask that the atomic bomb molded to body and soul. The effects of the radiation threaten Hisa’s life, and her father urges her not to have the baby. Why risk losing her, he asks his son-in-law, for a child who may not live? The difficult choice becomes the central conflict around which the short play revolves.

The double cast includes Maddie Jenkins (Sadako/Little Girl), Kaila Juenger (Actor/Hisa), Hannah Franklin (Actor/Chorus), Jacob Schalk (Kenji/Shinji), Jenna Biagi (Mother/Woman), Mack Durso (Father/Okuma) and Audrey Thompson (Grandmother/Chorus).

Assistant director is Lily Kolesa; stage manager is Sydney Steffen. Abby McPherson serves as Crane Coordinator. Sound technicians are Daniel Phegley and Joshua Fraley. Lighting technicians are Mason Burt, Finn Jones and Brannon Jones. Makeup is done by Ariana Perez and Danielle DeMay. Poster design was by Jessica Walling.

Ms. Laurel Sexton-Juenger serves as technical director with stage crew of Mason Burt, Francesca Butler, Jenny Clifton, Danielle DeMay, Sean Froidcoir, Kyle Garrett, Amber Jackson, Zoe Jeardoe, Finn Jones, Kaila Juenger, Alexandra Roper, Jessica Walling. Mrs. Shannon Mallrich directs.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. For more information, please contact Shannon Mallrich at (618)667-8851 extension 7139.