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Calling all Crane Makers

Calling all crane makers!

Production is underway for the Middle School Harlequin Club's spring play, A Thousand Cranes.

"Many of us in the Harlequin Club have been busy making paper cranes so that we will have plenty for the show," explained Middle School Drama Teacher Gina Tomkowich. "The play is based on a Japanese legend that says if you fold a thousand paper cranes, you will be granted one wish. Since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, folding cranes is often seen as a wish for peace in the world."

Ms. Tomkowich's goal is to have 1,000 cranes for the March show. "If students in each division (PreK-12) made at least one crane, we would exceed our goal for the show and have even more to send to Hiroshima Peace Park, where people from all over the world send millions of cranes year each." There are currently 1,239 students enrolled at EA.

Supplies will be available in the Middle School office and the Annenberg Library. There are simple instructions available online or crane-makers can check in with Ms. Tomkowich or Ms. Ashley Lewis for help.

"When we finish we will send them on their way to Hiroshima and other memorials where our paper cranes will be displayed as a reminder to work for peace," said Ms. Tomkowich. "It would be amazing if we could actually send a thousand cranes!"

A Thousand Cranes will be performed March 12-14 in the Ridgeway Blackbox Theater. Ticket sales will open on March 1.