Press Release

Guelph Community Christian School Presents A Drama ‘Sadako: A Thousand Paper Cranes’

New Play Explores Themes of Friendship, Hope, and Childhood Illness

Guelph, ON – March 23, 2018: Guelph Community Christian School presents the touching play Sadako: A Thousand Paper Cranes to the wider Guelph public this April 19-21 in its school auditorium. The school’s exceptional drama program offers a play to the wider community every second year, having explored a variety of genres in the past, including the well-loved Secret Garden and the more fantastic Roald Dahl romp entitled The BFG.

This year the school explores a true story-based on the Canadian writer Eleanor Coerr’s 1977 fictionalized re-telling of Sadako, a 12-year-old Japanese girl who develops leukemia because she was exposed to the radiation of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The script was also informed by author Takayuki Ishii’s book One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children’s Peace Statue. The story follows the progression of her illness and shows how she learns to cope with her tragic circumstance with the unwavering support of her family and friends. Sadako’s courage gives rise to a new hope for her and her friends and moves them to a call for peace on earth.

The mission and vision of GCCS is to offer grade school education that exemplifies the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. This play has been used to promote peace in many elementary schools around the world, and GCCS is entering that important conversation from its own Christian perspective.

The director of the play is excited about how this play fits into the school’s Strategic Plan where it states that we want to be a school that explores the diversity of God’s world. Presenting a play about a young girl from a different experience than our students is a great way to fulfill Jesus’ call to us to ‘love our neighbours’.

Some of the religious and cultural aspects of the play present a contrast for many of GCCS’s Canadian and Christian families, and the storyline contains a tragic component. All the while, it is a play that is sure to provoke conversations in class, in families and beyond as the audience is confronted with the heartbreak of terminal illness, the value of friendship, and the many shades of hope in the face of human suffering.

Join Sadako’s cry for peace in our world. Tickets go on sale in April. To obtain tickets, please email

Marvin Bierling