Tony Knight – Stage Whispers
The new version of Sadako Sasaki’s story is truly marvelous. This is mainly due to its poignancy, as well as its elegant, sophisticated and imaginative realization in this production, as envisaged by Sarah Williams (Director/Choreographer), Anthony Butler (co-Director/Designer) and Jennifer Trijo (Musical Director/Composer). Plus, there is a truly exceptional Adelaide cast lead by child actors Maddy Flapper (Sadako), Calin Diamond (Kenji), with Iman Saleh (Father), Jess Goc-Ong (Mother/Obachan), as well as ‘on-stage swing’ Arwen Diamond.
The atomic bomb that dropped on Hiroshima changed everything, especially for 12-year-old Sadako Sasaki. In a concord of contemporary dance and original music her true story, captured in a play by Kathryn Schultz Miller, lives on. Following a five-star debut in 2018, The Gemini Collective pay homage to the girl who sparked a movement of peace.
This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world
Our 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival performance of A Thousand Cranes was a wonderful success!
We performed over a week at The Parks Theatre, Angle Park, to audiences of school students and public, with so many people walking away moved by our story of hope.
Read the review by Tony Knight (former head of Acting at NIDA) here
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Introducing our esteemed Musical Director and Composer of original music for the production…
Jennifer has worked as a producer / performer in the Adelaide and Sydney Fringe Festivals (2012, 2014, and 2018). She has performed in professional and non-professional musical productions including her professional debut as Kim in the Australian Tour of Miss Saigon in 2007 – 2008. She composes for voice, piano, and guitar and has two commercial releases: Keys to a woman’s heart (2012), and the EP, Jennifer Trijo (2008).
She is a scholarship recipient and graduate of Martin College and has completed a Diploma of Business (Management), as well as a Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Education through the University of New South Wales. Jennifer was employed as Coordinator of Music and Performance/ Music Teacher at Mercedes College between 2013 and 2017.
In 2018, she decided to focus on creative pursuits. She was cast in the original Australian company of Disenchanted (Mad About Theatre) – touring in Queensland and Victoria – and was also appointed musical director of Wicked (Adelaide Youth Theatre).
She has recently launched, through her website The Serenade Files, an online publication which features articles about everyday people in the Arts achieving extraordinary things.