Written by local composer, Jennifer Taira, and her partner, lyricyst Laurie Rubin, "Peace On Your Wings" is a show inspired by the life of Sadako Sasaki, a 12 year old girl who died from Leukemia resulting from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Sadako became an unknowing leader of an international movement to try to stop the use of nuclear weapons, and to fold paper cranes for peace.
The inspiration for "Peace On Your Wings" is the performing arts festival, Ohana Arts which Taira, Rubin, and stage director Cari Taira founded in 2010. Ohana Arts aims to inspire and engage people through high caliber educational and professional arts programs, and to cultivate an international family in the Pacific by promoting world friendship and peace through the universal language of the arts.
Founded in 2010, Ohana Arts has provided high caliber musical theater intensives for youth ages 8-18 from over 20 schools around the island. Students have the opportunity to work with local instructors, as well as instructors from New York who have Broadway and off-Broadway experience. Student participation has increased exponentially from 22 students in its first year to almost 80 in the summer of 2014.
"Peace On Your Wings" is a fictional story based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki. It is a tween drama, touching on many issues that middle school aged children face, including bullying, self identity, fitting in, the dynamic between boys and girls, and children's ability to cope with death, terminal illness, and war. It is set in 1954, and features musical influences of Modern pop, Japanese, and 1950's styles. Set in Hiroshima just after World War II, the story focuses on Sadako and a group of her friends who are inspired to lobby for a peace memorial to keep her memory and those of children like her alive.
The premiere will take place at Leeward Community College Theatre on November 20th, 21st, and 22nd at 7:30 PM, with a matinee on Saturday the 22nd at 2 PM. Tickets are $25 for premium seating, $15 For general admission, and $10 for students.
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