The Jamestown Community Theatre under the auspices of the Jamestown Recreation Department and in partnership with the Jamestown Arts Center is proud to announce I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Celeste Raspanti in April.
The story is told by Raja Englanderova, one of the few children who still was alive when Terezin was liberated. She tells of a teacher, Irene Synkova, who discreetly taught and encouraged the children to write poetry and to draw pictures. This play is a creation of Raja’s story using documented materials: poems, diaries, letters, journals, drawings, and pictures. An account of those years at Terezin also remains in drawings and poems collected and published in the original poetry book with the same title.
I Never Saw Another Butterfly, by Celeste Raspanti, records the period of time from 1942-1945 when over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, a previous military garrison set up as a ghetto. Under pressure, the Germans “beautified” the ghetto and permitted representatives from the Danish Red Cross and the International Red Cross to visit in June 1944. They planted lovely gardens and painted and renovated the barracks. It was all a highly crafted ruse that included theatrical presentations, operas, and concerts, all staged for the visiting dignitaries.
DATES: Friday, April 1, 7:00pm; Saturday, April 2, 7:00pm; Sunday, April 3, 3:00pm
Tickets in advance are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors & students. They also can be purchased at the door, $12 for adults, $10 for seniors & students. Tickets go on sale on March 10th and can be purchased at the following vendors in Jamestown: Baker’s Pharmacy, The Secret Garden, Cathryn Jamieson Salon, and at the Jamestown Arts Center. They also can be purchased off island at Pleasant Surprise in Newport and at Midnight Sun in Wickford. Any questions – call Iris (401) 258-8151.