This sickness, leukemia as we later find out, takes the life of the young girl. In this story, Sadako passes away, short of her goal. In her memory, her schoolmates finish folding the remainder.
To this day, local schools and schools throughout the world fold these same cranes and send them to Hiroshima to sit in front of a statue of Sadako that has been erected in her honor.
Due to the size and large staging of the production at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, the production will feature nearly 5,000 hand-fold paper cranes each meticulously folded by the actors and volunteers from local organizations.
The production, directed by Kate Barrett, is written by Kathryn Schultz Miller and features Keye Chen, Jenny Kang, and Jeena Yi. Costumes are designed by Taysha La Marca.
Tickets to A Thousand Cranes are available by calling 714-994-6310 or 562-944-9801 or going online to lamiradatheatre.com or phantomprojects.com. Tickets prices for the 10 a.m. performance are $6, and for the 7 p.m. performance, $6 for middle school students, $12 for high school students, and $20 for adults. For additional information call 714-690-2900, go online to www.PhantomProjects.com, or visit Facebook.com/PhantomProjects.