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Canterbury Produces The Crane Wife

Meredith Berry-Toon

The Crane Wife, a theater production adapted by Barbara Carlisle, will be brought to life this weekend at Canterbury in the L. Michael Sheehy Choral Classroom. The performance is an exciting tale of "passion and sacrifice, the transformative power of love, the corrupting power of greed, and the heartbreaking power of betrayal," as eloquently put by the play's director and Canterbury's Chorale Director, Sarah Armstrong. In the northern province of Echigo in Japan, a peasant named Kokuro removes an arrow from the wing of a stricken crane. In return, he receives luck and fortune beyond what he could imagine. The Crane Wife follows the tale of Kokuro's subsequent, fateful journey.

While Canterbury has previously offered winter productions, the year marks the first in many for theater to be a primary afternoon activity. Students of all forms elected to participate in the production which, in addition to acting, included set designing to create the intricate stage.

The cast includes leads Jess Garcia '19, Sonia Li '20, and Tom Deng '19 who act as the narrator, the Crane Wife, and Kokuro, respectively. Sabrina Capodicci '20, Giorgo Caripidis Soto '19, Shannon Gao '20, Carrie Jiang '21, Eli Taylor '19, Selina Xin '19, and Celine Yoo '21 will also be performing. Sarah Li '21 and Ali Wogernese '19 serve as the production stage managers.

The Crane Wife is scheduled for Friday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 18 at 3:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend all performances.

Good luck, players!

Sarah Armstrong conceived and designed Canterbury's adaption. Eric Schutz designed the lighting. Sarah and her husband Dylan will perform the musical accompaniment.