I Never Saw Another Butterfly

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I Never Saw Another Butterfly

I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Celeste Raspant is a heart-touching play about the Holocaust presented by the Theatre 3 and 4 class. The play follows a young, Jewish girl named Raja Englanderova. Raja starts the play around the age of thirteen with a full family. She is moved to the Terezin concentration camp where she loses her family and remains for the majority of the play.

Throughout the play, numerous people come in and out of her life. One very important and inspiring person she meets is a woman named Irena Synkova. She acts as a motherly figure for Raja. She is a hopeful teacher who encourages the children there to express themselves through art and writing. With time, Raja takes Irena’s place helping the kids stay strong and encouraged.

Raja also encounters a young man named Honza. When his brother was being taken away, she comforts him. Despite the close watch of the Nazis, their relationship grows. They meet at night, and Honza starts a secret newspaper to connect everybody. The newspaper includes gossip about people entering and leaving the camp, tips to living in Terezin, and works from the children.

As people leave her, Raja learns to move on through the pain. She becomes an adult much faster than she would have ever imagined and realizes that she cannot wait for people who may never come back.

The play is based upon true stories of people living at Terezin. Irena was a real person who took the art, diaries, and poetry of the children and hid it. Many years after the Holocaust, the works were discovered and made into a book. One of the names of the survivors was Raja, which was used to name the main character of the play. Real pictures of the art and poetry will be shown during the performance.

The show dates are October 20th, 22nd, and 23rd, and it should run approximately an hour. Come out and support the Theatre 3 and 4 students!

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