Paper Song

if.Ntara Curry, Richard Lam, Zina Lee

by Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull

Paper can be anything!

Paper Song is a new play for children and families that weaves a traditional Japanese folktale about a crane (Tsuru) with the story of a young mouse and her grandfather, as they struggle against an oppressive overlord, the goblin Tengu. This magical performance integrates large-scale origami (the Japanese art of paper-folding) and shadow puppetry into the storytelling and design of the play. Focusing on the relationship between grandfather and granddaughter, Paper Song celebrates the ability for artistic creativity, ingenuity and love to transform despair into hope.


Directed by Caroline Howarth
Stage Managed by Rachel Rudd

Ntara Curry
Richard Lam
Zina Lee

Production Design by Cory Sincennes
Sound Design/Composer Dave Clarke
Dramaturg & Puppet Consultant Brendan Nearey
Poster Design by Isabelle Gagnon / Good Graphics


Themes: love, oppression, transformation.

Curriculum Ties:

Social Studies: recognition and respect for individual identity, social compassion, fairness.
Language Arts: exploration of thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences, concepts of respect, support and collaboration, appreciating diversity. Folktales.
Health: decision making, life learning choices, relationship skills.
Art: origami.

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