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GALLIPOLIS — The French Art Colony’s Riverby Theatre Guild will present the production “A Thousand Cranes” June 6-8 at the RTG Studio, located at 59 Court St. in Gallipolis.

The short play is the true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb disaster. She was only 2 years old when the bomb fell and seemed to be unharmed, but at age 12 she was diagnosed with “radiation sickness,” an aftermath of the bomb’s effects. With boundless optimism, she takes an old story to heart: If a sick person folds a thousand paper origami cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her well again. She begins to fold her thousand cranes.

Before Sadako is able to complete her task, she is visited by her grandmother who lovingly carries her on the back of a glorious crane to the land of a thousand, thousand spirits. There she joins her ancestors and learns that her true wish may be granted.

Her friends and classmates finished Sadako’s work. They folded enough cranes to make a thousand. Today, children in Japan and all over the world fold a thousand cranes and lay them at the feet of Sadako’s statue in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Their wish is engraved at the bottom of the monument: “This is Our Cry, This is Our Prayer, Peace in the World.”

The production is cast with local, youth and adult actors, and is directed by FAC executive director Joseph Wright. The production, partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, also performed for area schools. Sponsors for the 2014 RTG season include Big Country WBYG, Sunny 93.1, and the Ohio Arts Council.

Public performances of “A Thousand Cranes” are 7 p.m. June 6; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 7; and 3 p.m. June 8. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Reservations can be made by calling the French Art Colony at (740) 446-3834.

Reservations are suggested as seating is limited.

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