Peace On Your Wings /  Honolulu, HI Musical Theater
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Peace On Your Wings

Musical Theater
Honolulu, HI

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A new musical that shares a global message of peace, teaching audiences young and old the meaning of "Ichigo Ichie".

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Peace On Your Wings makes New York Debut — 09/09/2016

Peace On Your Wings made its New York City debut at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre in Lincoln Center. Performances ran Sept. 9th-10th, 2016.

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This Is Our Chance...

This Is Our Chance

"This Is Our Chance" from the musical, PEACE ON YOUR WINGS. Video taken from the Oceanic OC16 broadcast recording. Produced by Ohana Arts. Music by Jenny Taira, Lyrics by Laurie Rubin.

What Now...

What Now

"What Now" from the musical, PEACE ON YOUR WINGS. Video taken from the Oceanic OC16 broadcast recording. Produced by Ohana Arts. Music by Jenny Taira, Lyrics by Laurie Rubin.

Peace On Your Wings - Coming to San Jose!...

Peace On Your Wings - Coming to San Jose!

Peace On Your Wings - A New Musical
Music by Jenny Taira, Lyrics by Laurie Rubin, Book by Jenny Taira & Laurie Rubin, Directed by Carolyn Taira, Choreography by Danielle Bensky
“You'll laugh, you'll cry and be inspired---gratified in knowing that Sadako's hope for friendship and peace continues today.” - Carole Hayashino, President & Executive Director, Japanese Culture Center of Hawai’i

“The performance is authentic, resonates globally, and shows that youth have the power to change the world for the better."- David P. Janes, Director of Foundation Grants & Assistant to the President, United States-Japan Foundation

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Hawaii Theatre Encore Performances | Peace On Your Wings
Hawaii Theatre Encore Performances
POYW November Premiere | Peace On Your Wings
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Peace On Your Wings /  Honolulu, HI Musical Theater

"I will write peace on your wings, and you will fly all over the world. - Sadako Sasaki, Age 12

Peace On Your Wings is an original musical inspired by the life of Sadako Sasaki, a 12-year old girl who died from leukemia resulting from radiation caused by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. She was made famous for having folded over a thousand paper cranes to fulfill an old Japanese legend that would grant one wish to anyone who would fold one thousand cranes. To this day she is a reminder of innocent victims of war, and her story of her thousand paper cranes have inspired a movement of folding cranes for peace.

Peace On Your Wings juxtaposes Sadako's true story and the events leading up to her death in November 1955 with a fictional story about a group of her friends who rallied support from around Japan to have a monument built in Sadako’s memory to honor the children victims of the atomic bomb. The fictional elements of the musical provide an opportunity to weave in issues that affect children in middle school today. In creating a piece of theater that shares an important historical element, and keeping it relatable to current young audiences, Peace On Your Wings is able to effectively impart Sadako’s message, and the important contributions of a group of young students who were able to make a difference. It is because of Sadako’s young friends that people around the world know Sadako, and why the origami crane has become an internationally recognized symbol of peace.

Set in post-war 1950′s Japan, Peace On Your Wings explores the lives of students at a middle school in Hiroshima as they face the terminal illness of their friend amidst their own adolescent drama. The musical score combines modern musical theater, 1950’s boogie-woogie and rock and roll, and Japanese styles, including taiko, to create a unique, uplifting, and inspiring show. While Sadako remains optimistic in the hospital, determinately folding origami cranes to fulfill the Japanese legend promising one wish and long life to the folder of a thousand, her friends grow distant as they deal with their own self identity, bullying, and the growing pains of becoming teenagers. Though the students have to grapple with issues of terminal illness and death at such a young age, they also learn the power of their own strength, and their ability to connect deeply with others who remain positive, focusing on living every precious moment of their lives to the fullest. Peace On Your Wings teaches the lesson, “Ichigo Ichie,” meaning “Today is the first and last day of your life.”

HISTORY
Peace On Your Wings was premiered by Ohana Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization whose mission is to promote peace and world friendship through the universal language of the arts and which the writers, Jennifer Taira and Laurie Rubin co-founded, along with director Carolyn Lee, on the weekend of November 20th-22nd 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii in the 600-seat Leeward Theatre. The weekend included four packed performances, two of which were sold out with last minute hopeful audience members having to be turned away. The Ohana Arts all-star cast was comprised of 38 children, ages 6-18 from 15 schools around the island. The full scale production had a 19 piece orchestra, full set, and costumes.

Following the successful world premiere in Honolulu, the cast and crew embarked on a sold-out statewide tour to the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai in January and February 2015, with standing ovations at every performance. Due to popular demand, the show returned to Honolulu for an encore run of performances at the 1400-seat Hawaii Theatre on August 6th-9th, 2015 commemorating the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At this special run of performances, Masahiro Sasaki, Sadako’s real life brother was in attendance, along with his wife and son, Yuji Sasaki, who performed a song he wrote about Sadako, “Inori”.

In 2015, the cast and crew of Peace On Your Wings traveled to Los Angeles, California for its exciting North American premiere, at the 880-seat Aratani Theatre on September 18th-19th, 2015. The show was incredibly well received by audiences, as the cast received standing ovations at every performance! Most recently, on September 9th-10th, 2016, Peace On Your Wings made its New York City debut at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre. In just a short time, Peace On Your Wings has already 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.

MORE THAN A PLAY
Peace On Your Wings is more than a musical theater play. It is part of a continual movement to educate children and adults alike about the important global message of peace. It is a way to get people to connect with an under recognized piece of history more than any textbook could convey. Music is a universal language everyone understands which touches people’s deepest vulnerability and emotions. Music has been utilized for centuries as the most visceral way to personally connect people with current events and past atrocities so that history will not repeat itself. Responses to the world premiere of “Peace On Your Wings” have been overwhelmingly touching and positive. Audience members who were not familiar with Sadako’s story have now taken her message to heart. Other audience members were victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki themselves, and were moved deeply by our cast of children, saying that they truly paid homage to Sadako and others like her who suffered the after effects. Many audience members were children, and we were told by their parents that the musical both entertained and moved them. The goal of Peace On Your Wings is to bring Sadako’s story to many more audiences, to show how it is the little gestures that make a big difference, and to teach the lesson of “Ichigo Ichie.” It is a show that will educate audiences of American children and adults alike about a piece of history which greatly affected those in Hiroshima.

Peace On Your Wings Website: http://peaceonyourwings.com

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Composer/Co-Bookwriter, Music Director

Lyricist/Co-Bookwriter

Carolyn Taira

Director

Danielle Bensky

Choreographer
Sep 09, 2016

premiere

Peace On Your Wings makes New York Debut

Peace On Your Wings made its New York City debut at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre in Lincoln Center. Performances ran Sept. 9th-10th, 2016.

Sep 18, 2015

premiere

"Peace On Your Wings" North American Premiere

Peace On Your Wings made its North American premiere at the 880-seat Aratani Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, in partnership with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Cast performed to nearly sold-out crowds and received standing ovations at every performance.

Aug 06, 2015

appearance

Hawaii Theatre Encore Performances

Ohana Arts presented Peace On Your Wings at Hawaii Theatre to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th-9th, 2015. Performances featured special guests Masahiro, Yaeko, and Yuji Sasaki (Sadako's brother, his wife, and son).

Aug 06, 2015

award

Mayor Caldwell proclaims August 6th, 2015 as "Peace On Your Wings Day"

Honolulu's mayor, Kirk Caldwell attended the opening night performance of Peace On Your Wings at Hawaii Theatre and proclaimed August 6th, 2015 as "Peace On Your Wings Day".

Jul 12, 2015

appearance

Performance on the United Nations Peace Boat

The cast had the opportunity to bard the Peace Boat and meet and perform for survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Jun 03, 2015

award

Awarded Certificate of Commendation from Honolulu City Council

Feb 22, 2015

appearance

"Peace On Your Wings" Big Island Tour

Ohana Arts presented "Peace On Your Wings" at Kahilu Theater to a sold-out audience.

Feb 08, 2015

appearance

"Peace On Your Wings" Maui Tour

Ohana Arts presented "Peace On Your Wings" at Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus to a sold-out audience.

Jan 25, 2015

appearance

"Peace On Your Wings" Kauai Tour

Ohana Arts presented "Peace On Your Wings" at Kauai Community College to a sold-out audience.

Nov 20, 2014

premiere

"Peace On Your Wings" World Premiere

Ohana Arts presented the world premiere of 'Peace On Your Wings' at Leeward Theater on November 20th-22nd, 2014. The last two performances were sold out.

Jane Covner

Publicist - Los Angeles Tour
818-905-5511

Allison Van Etten

Publicist - Los Angeles Tour
323 449-5030

Jenny Taira

Composer/Co-Bookwriter
(646) 573-6405

Laurie Rubin

Lyricist/Co-Bookwriter
(818) 424-3919
Date Title Location Type Info
Aug 06, 2015 Peace On Your Wings - Honolulu Encore Honolulu, HI Performance  
Aug 07, 2015 Peace On Your Wings - Honolulu Encore Honolulu, HI Performance  
Aug 08, 2015 Peace On Your Wings - Honolulu Encore Honolulu, HI Performance  
Aug 08, 2015 Peace On Your Wings - Honolulu Encore Honolulu, HI Performance  
Aug 09, 2015 Peace On Your Wings - Honolulu Encore Honolulu, HI Performance  
Sep 18, 2015 Peace On Your Wings - Los Angeles Premiere Los Angeles, CA Performance  
Sep 19, 2015 Peace On Your Wings - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Performance  
Sep 19, 2015 Peace On Your Wings - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Performance  
Mar 12, 2016 Peace On Your Wings - Honolulu Festival , Honolulu Performance  
Mar 12, 2016 Peace On Your Wings - Honolulu Festival Honolulu, HI Performance  
Mar 13, 2016 Peace On Your Wings - Honolulu Festival Honolulu, HI Performance  
Mar 13, 2016 Peace On Your Wings - Honolulu Festival Parade , Appearance  
Apr 01, 2016 Peace On Your Wings (Mamiya Theater) , Performance  
Apr 02, 2016 Peace On Your Wings (Mamiya Theatre) , Performance  
Apr 02, 2016 Peace On Your Wings (Mamiya Theatre) , Performance  
Apr 03, 2016 Peace On Your Wings (Mamiya Theatre) , Performance  
Oct 05, 2017 Peace On Your Wings (San Jose, CA) , Performance  
Oct 06, 2017 Peace On Your Wings (San Jose) , Performance  
Oct 07, 2017 Peace On Your Wings (San Jose, CA) , Performance  
Oct 07, 2017 Peace On Your Wings (San Jose, CA) , Performance  
Oct 08, 2017 Peace On Your Wings (San Jose, CA) , Performance