“I Never Saw Another Butterfly”

A Holocaust Teen Performance at Geauga Theater

Geauga Lyric Theater Guild is pleased to announce their 4th annual Teen Drama Project, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, directed by Angela Miloro-Hansen. Based on a true story, this incredibly powerful script follows the journey of a teen and young woman as they are imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camp.  In conjunction with the play, a traveling exhibit entitled “From the Children, About the Children, For the Children-Art of the Holocaust”, will be on display.  The exhibit is on loan from The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education through a grant from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

(L to R) Janna Klein as Raja Englanderova and Sarah Wyatt as Rena Synkova
(L to R) Janna Klein as Raja Englanderova and Sarah Wyatt as Rena Synkova

The cast and audience will have an opportunity to create a handmade butterfly as part of The Butterfly Project for the Holocaust Museum Houston. 1.5 million handmade butterflies are being collected to represent the number of children who perished in the Holocaust.  In addition, the cast members along with volunteer groups and individuals, are working towards making a display of 15,000 butterflies to represent the 15,000 children that passed through Terezin, of which less than 100 survived.

The all youth cast (ranging in ages 10 to approximately 19) have been learning about the Holocaust from guest speakers at their rehearsals, and in-depth discussions. On May 5 the cast visited the Maltz Museum to further their knowledge.

Janna Klein as Raja Englanderove in the play
Janna Klein as Raja Englanderove in the play

Public performances will be at the theater, located on the square in Chardon, at 7:30 p.m. May 17 and 18 as well as a matinee at 2:00 p.m. on May 19. The cast will be performing for local schools during the following week and will culminate the production in the Brickner Auditorium at Fairmount Temple at 7:00 p.m. on May 22.

Betty Gold, a Holocaust survivor, will be a special guest at the Fairmount Temple and will answer questions from the stage after the performance.

Cast and crew of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly which represent the 15,000 children that passed through the concentration camp Terezin. Clockwise beginning far left to right, Casey Wilcox standing,  Janna Klein, Niamh Field seated, Julia Reid standing, Katie Sweet seated, Cara Robbins standing, Madison Newman, Sara Wyatt seated, Noah Wohlever, and Mikaela Klein seated.


Fairmount Temple is located at 23737 Fairmount Road in Beachwood. Public shows are $5.00, with reserved seats at Geauga Theater and general admission and tickets at the door at Fairmount Temple. For more information visit us online.  Other questions may be emailed to teendramaproject@hotmail.com.

The Geauga Theater is located on Chardon Square, at 101 Water Street. For more information, or to purchase tickets for the Chardon performances, go online or call 440-286-2255.


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