Local residents may remember the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild Teen Drama award winning presentation of the play I Never Saw Another Butterfly a few years ago. Angela Miloro-Hansen, Chardon resident, directed the play about the Holocaust and the approximately 15,000 children of the Terezin concentration camp. During that production, contact was made with Inge Auerbacher, one of the few child survivors of the Terezin camp. Ever since that time, Chris Cipriani and Miloro-Hansen have been working to bring Inge’s amazing and inspirational story to the stage. Working with Inge Auerbacher’s memoirs, and Inge herself, Angela has spent the last two years turning the events of Inge’s life into a play.
The Star On My Heart is an independent project in collaboration with Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, Chardon, and the Shore Cultural Centre, Euclid. The original play will premiere at both venues in November. Along with the performances there will be educational outreach, and Inge Auerbacher will be hosted in Ohio to attend the premier and speak to the public.
This project was fortunate to receive an Ohio Arts Council grant through Shore Cultural Centre towards a portion of expenses. The OAC grant has a goal to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
Additional funding for the project will come from variety of sources, one being a recently launched Kickstarter campaign. A $5000.00 Kickstarter goal must be reached by September 20, 2015 to receive the monies from that campaign. To help make this project a success, you can visit Kickstarter.com and search projects for The Star On My Heart. You will be able to view a video and read more about this exciting project.
You can also head over to Facebook or contact Chris Cipriani at 216-289-8578 for more information on outreach and sponsorship. This project is sponsored by the Shore Cultural Centre Corporation which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
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