Please Expand on the Conversation

Next week is performance time for this year’s production 1000 Paper Cranes.

The students and directors have put in a great deal of work to prepare for this play. Tickets are being purchased and the first performance happens next week Wednesday for the students and then there will be 3 more performance on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. If you don’t have your tickets yet, please visit to reserve yours.

The GCCS ‘Graduate Profile’ (which outlines some of our hopes and expectations for a student graduating from GCCS) states that a GCCS graduate will: “…understand current events and issues but live without fear in this world, having a humble confidence that our loving God is in control, and will provide. Graduates will be prepared to discuss, engage and redeem culture rather than escape from it.

In this context, we encourage conversations around the themes of the play, and offer some discussion starters below.

Questions for Kids and Adults

  1. What was your favourite part of the play? What was most surprising or interesting?
  2. What are some of the similarities and differences you noticed between the Japanese culture presented in the play and our culture?
  3. The play has sad parts and hopeful parts. Did you find some parts of the play made you feel sad? Did you find some parts of the play made you feel hopeful?
  4. The characters in the play hoped that making paper cranes could lead to their wish being granted, for healing from sickness. Christians pray to God for healing and comfort. When have you prayed for healing or health for someone? Are your prayers always answered the way you wanted them to be answered?
  5. This play is used by many grade schools to promote peace around the world. Why might that be?

Questions for Older Youth and Adults

  1. Why do you think the symbol of the paper crane from this story has become a world-wide symbol of peace? Why has the paper crane become particularly meaningful for schools as a symbol of peace? How does it compare with a dove?
  2. One way that we can seek to “love our neighbour” is to try to understand them. How might this play, which tells the story of people in Japan following the Second World War, and tells the story of people with a different belief system, help us to understand and love our neighbour better? How can thinking about other cultures and belief systems help strengthen our own faith?
  3. As students at GCCS have discussed this play, one surprise for many has been that our American Allies dropped the atomic bomb, and that it had serious and long term impact on the civilian population of Japan. How is it helpful for us to think about the ways that North American society negatively impacts other people around the world?
  4. Sadako and her friends trust that the ritual of making a 1000 paper cranes offers some hope. In what way do Christians, too, place their hope in rituals?
  5. Putting on plays and dramas, and creating opportunities for our students to excel in the dramatic arts is a goal of GCCS. What kind of drama would you like to see come to our stage in the future? Your suggestions would be gladly received by the principal, Mr. Bierling.