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Opens Friday here: I Never Saw Another Butterfly tells of hope and human spirit in Auschwitz

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4th Street Theater will present Celeste Raspantiís I Never Saw Another Butterfly this weekend, March 10 and 11, and Friday through Sunday, March 17-26. Performances are at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m., 4th Street Theater, located at 125 N. Fourth Street Chesterton.

From 1942 to 1945, during WWII, over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, a former military garrison set up as a ghetto in Czechoslovakia. It soon became a stopping-off place for hundreds of thousands of Jews on their way to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. When Terezin was liberated in 1945, only a hundred or so children were still alive.

I Never Saw Another Butterfly is the story of Raja, a survivor, who tells of the Terezin children and their teacher, Irena Synkova, a woman who gave them hope even when there was none, creating a small pocket of laughter, flowers, and butterflies behind the barbed wire. This play is an imaginative retelling of Rajaís story compiled from documentary materials, including poems, diaries, letters, journals, drawings, and pictures.

There were no butterflies at Terezin, but for the children, they became a symbol of defiance and how the human spirit, even in the face of such reckless hate, can always find beauty, hope, and love.

The show is directed by Sandra Assarian of Chesterton. Cast includes Ione Calvin, Erin Shields and Helena Taft of Chesterton; Jordan Dashiell, Lily Dashiell, William Frost, Dakota Hildebrand, Jakob Innes, Kari-Anne Innes, Raegan Smedley and Jeff Zimmerman of Valparaiso; Victoria Luster-Bartz of Portage; George Maslankowski, Kendra Vanderstar, Grace Vanderstar and Corinne Vanderstar of LaPorte; Mia Rettew, Donna Rowland and Rodney Thornton of Michigan City.

4th Street Theater is a local nonprofit, community theater that has been a hometown staple in Chesterton and the Northwest Indiana region for nearly two decades.

For more information visit us online at or call 219-926-7875.


Posted 3/9/3017




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