'Peace on Your Wings' to launch world tour

'Peace on Your Wings' to embark on world tour
(Image: Hawaii News Now)
(Image: Hawaii News Now)

From Ohana Arts:

Ohana Arts unveils a new, never seen before version of "Peace On Your Wings", the groundbreaking new musical inspired by the true story of Sadako Sasaki and her thousand origami cranes, featuring youth ages 7-16 from around the island.  The production features new songs, an improved and revised script, and Japanese subtitles.  Performances will take place at Mamiya Theatre (3140 Waialae Avenue Honolulu, HI 96816), and will run from Friday April 1st-Sunday April 3rd for a total of four performances to launch its world tour.  Friday and Saturday evening performances will commence at 7:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday matinee performances will take place at 2:00 PM.  Performers will include an Ohana Arts all-star cast of 23 youth from around Oahu between the ages of 7-16.  An exclusive pre-show kanpai reception with sake or sparkling cider and sushi will kick off the weekend of performances on Friday April 1st from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Set in post-war, 1950s Japan, the play follows the lives of middle school students in Hiroshima. When one of them falls seriously ill, the children's lives and their tenuous bonds with each other seem to unravel. But one girl's struggle and dreams for a better tomorrow teach the children-and the world-about courage, love and peace. The play's original musical score, written by Ohana Arts' Executive & Co-Artistic Director and composer, Jennifer Taira, and Co-Artistic Director and lyricist, Laurie Rubin, combines modern pop with Japanese influences to create a unique, uplifting, and inspiring show which successfully premiered on Oahu in November 2014, and enjoyed a sold out state-wide tour in January and February of 2015.  Due to popular demand, "Peace On Your Wings" returned to Oahu for an encore run of performances in a completely redesigned production to commemorate the 70th anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from August 6th-August 9th, 2015, and subsequently toured to Los Angeles in partnership with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, and had its North American premiere at the Aratani Theatre in September.

 “Peace On Your Wings” has received many awards and recognitions, including a Certificate of Commendation from the City Council of Honolulu, an award from the United Nations Association of Hawaii, and a proclamation from Mayor Caldwell, who announced August 6th, 2015 as “Peace On Your Wings Day” prior to the opening night performance at Hawaii Theatre.  Peace On Your Wings has also been the subject of  two mini-documentaries by NHK (Japan’s largest news network), and has been featured on KTLA news, Broadway World, Huffington Post, and MidWeek (cover story) amongst others.

Tickets are $30/$24/$18 general admission; $12 for students.  For tickets to the performances of “Peace On Your Wings” and the pre-show Kanpai reception, order online at http://ohanaarts.ticketleap.com 

After hearing the legend that a person will be granted one wish if they fold 1,000 paper cranes,  Sadako Sasaki and her friends began making hundreds of origami birds out of needle wrappings, medicine labels, and any other paper they could find. Sadako was two years old and a healthy active child when the atomic bomb was dropped near her home on Aug. 6, 1945.  She and her mother ran through the black rain to safety without so much as a scratch.  However, Sadako was diagnosed with Leukemia resulting from radiation at age eleven and died at age 12.

Sadako has come to symbolize the effects of the peace movement, and her death inspired youth around Japan to rally support to have a Hiroshima memorial built in honor of the children victims.  However, "Peace On Your Wings," also explores Sadako in the context of who she was as an individual, a student, a friend, and addresses universal themes present in young people's lives, powerfully told by the voices of youth, touching intergenerational audiences, while sharing the message "Ichigo Ichie," meaning, "Today is the first and last day of your life."

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