Audition Announcement: 1,000 Paper Cranes
November 30, 2021

1,000 Paper Cranes

Title of Show: 1,000 Paper Cranes

Synopsis: A Thousand Cranes is the true story of Sadako Saski, a precocious 12 year old girl who
trains daily with her friend Kenji, for an upcoming race. Sadly, Sadako develops
Leukemia as a result of the radiation from the atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima when
she was two. In the hospital, Kenji reminds her of the Japanese legend that if a sick
person folds a thousand origami cranes, the Gods will grant their wish and make them
healthy again. Sadako begins folding hundreds of cranes. Throughout the story, the
spirit of Sadako’s Grandmother, who died in the Hiroshima bombing, appears to her and
shows her the mountain of their ancestors. Sadly, Sadako lost her battle with Leukemia
and died October 25, 1955. Out production honors Sadako’s legacy and the spirit of
peace and hope that she embodied.

Director: Amelia Claeys

Ages Called: 10-14



Sunday, December 19 (4:30PM-7:00PM) @ SBCT


Sunday, January 2 (4:30-7:00)
Monday-Thursday, January 3-6 (6-9)
Saturday, January 8 (10-3)
Sunday, January 9 (6-9)
Monday-Thursday, January 10-13 (6-9)


  • Friday, Jan 14 @ 7:30PM
  • Saturday Jan 15 @ 10:00am
  • Saturday Jan 15 @ 7:30 PM
  • Sunday Jan 16 @ 2:00 PM




SADAKO- Female, 10-14, of Japanese descent with a strong stage presence. Sadako is the main character in this play and is on stage for most of the production. She should be of Asian descent, 10-14 years old but able to pass for 12. We are looking for someone with a strong stage presence, who brings an energetic and compassionate spirit to the role and who is comfortable maintaining stillness onstage for long periods of time.

KENJI- Male, 10-14,  of Japanese descent, confident speaker. Kenji is Sadako’s best friend, male, age 12. Kenji provides comic relief and a warm presence, especially when visiting Sadako in the hospital. The actor who plays Kenji should be 10-14 but able to pass for 12, of Japanese descent and have a strong speaking voice. He should be likable and kind with good comedic timing.



Adult Performers (18 and up):
CIVIC adult performers are required* to be fully vaccinated; therefore, they will not be wearing masks or distancing while on stage. (*CIVIC directors may make vaccination exceptions for extenuating circumstances, such as health concerns. If this is the case, unvaccinated performers will be required to remain masked at all times including during performances.)
Youth Performers (12 to 17)
CIVIC youth performers aged 12-17 are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. If a youth performer is fully vaccinated, masks and distancing are not required. Unvaccinated youth performers will be required to wear masks at all times both on and off the stage.
Child Performers (11 and under):
CIVIC child performers aged 11 and under are currently not eligible for vaccination; therefore, child performers will be required to wear masks at all times both on and off the stage.


Questions? Reach out to the director!




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