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
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.
information visit us online at 4thstreetncca.org or call 219-926-7875.