State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
Recently, I had the privilege of being invited to watch an outstanding performance of A Thousand Cranes by the First Stage Children's Theater at the
A Thousand Cranes tells the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl living in
She was born just two years before the end of World War II. Now she lives with her parents and two brothers not far from where the atom bomb was dropped in 1945.
Sadako sees the pain and hurt and the effects of the bomb on the faces of other people. Even though she realizes at the age of 12 that many people have died from the radiation caused by the bomb’s explosion, she is fortunate because her life hasn’t been touched by what happened during the war. However, that all changes when she starts to get ill from the radiation. That’s when a friend tells Sadako the story of how a thousand paper cranes can bring good luck.
And so Sadako begins making origami paper cranes and wishes for good health (Sadako died from leukemia in 1955 at the age of 12). The activity gives her both hope and peace, and as she is dying, Sadako sees her grandmother again and flies on a crane's back to heaven. Today, Sadako Sasaki is a national hero to Japanese children.
The skilled actors from the First Stage Children’s Theater performed with great talent. I was struck by the added feature allowing the
I commend the First Stage Children’s Theater for their wonderful performance and I thank Gertie Stock, the students at
Here are some pictures from my visit: