Comments About The Secret Friend
Tokoname Nishi Elementary School
||The doll Grammy came out
of her case and appeared
to the children at midnight
The Urinko Theater Group performed the play The Secret Friend at
Tokoname Nishi Elementary School on October 17, 2002.
The scene is the hard times in 1943 during World War II. This is a
wonderful play that depicts the relationship between the children and the
Friendship Doll (Blue-eyed Doll) given by America.
This play's main character Shizuko becomes a friend with the doll. The
children's pure hearts overcome the war, and they cherish their friendship
with the American doll. The doll Grammy is protected by Mr. Sudo, who
believed that "the doll did nothing wrong, and the bad ones were the
people who instigated the war."
This play about the Friendship Doll and the children gives one feelings of
happiness and enjoyment just like the sun fills one's heart.
Students' Comments about
- There was a war, and I was somewhat sad.
- I thought Grammy was very cute when I
first saw her.
- The boys' fake swordplay was funny, and
I couldn't help but laughing.
- My heart was pounding when I saw it.
- I also want to be full of love like
Shizuko and her friends.
- Like Shizuko and her friends, I also
want there to be lots of love. Grammy seemed really happy when the
rose on her brooch bloomed.
- I felt sick when the man said,
"burn the doll."
- It is hurtful to Americans when Grammy's
friends were stabbed with spears and were burnt. After seeing this play, I
think war is an ugly thing.
- It would be great to talk with Grammy.
If I could talk to someone, I would like to talk to my pet dog.
- A long time ago Japan and America fought
a war. However, since now the two countries are good friends, it seems
unbelievable there was a war in the past.
- I would like to try to see another play,
but it's very unfortunate that I'll be graduating. During my entire
six years in elementary school, this play is something that will
remain in my heart. I became concerned and cried when the doll was
about to be burnt.
- I thought it was really fantastic the ability of
the actors and actresses to communicate feelings to those watching the
This is an English translation of part of a Japanese
of Play at Ichigi Elementary School on October 21, 2002
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