Community Involvement Sought in Creation of 15,000 Handmade Butterflies
During the blustery days of winter, College of Southern Maryland Theater Director Keith Hight is hoping that Southern Marylanders of all ages will think spring and help create unique, handcrafted butterflies15,000 of themfor an upcoming performance.
CSM Theatre Company's production of I Never Saw Another Butterfly, pays tribute to the more than 15,000 Jewish children who passed through Terezin during the Holocaust. Only 132 of those survived when Terezin was liberated at the end of the war. Raja, one of the survivors, is credited with helping to give the children hope by creating a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire. I Never Saw Another Butterfly tells the true story of the children. There were no butterflies at Terezin, of course, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported.
The butterflies collected by CSMs Theater Department will be displayed along the walls of the Fine Arts Center in remembrance of these children.
Students of all ages, parents and community members can create as many handmade arts-and-crafts butterflies as possible, said Hight, adding that the butterflies can be mailed to H. Keith Hight, Coordinator for the Theatre/Dance, College of Southern Maryland, P.O. Box 910, La Plata, MD 20646 or can be dropped off at the Box Office in the Fine Arts Center by Feb. 1.
A submission form and two butterfly templates can be found at http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/Broadway.html.
For information on the performance of I Never Saw Another Butterfly, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/Broadway.html.
CSM Theatre Company Presents Celeste Raspantis I Never Saw Another Butterfly. 8 p.m., Feb. 14, 15, 16 and Feb. 21, 22, 23, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road. Produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company, I Never Saw Another Butterfly tells the true story of more than 15,000 Jewish children who passed through Terezin and the 132 who were still alive when Terezin was liberated at the end of the war. One of the survivors, Raja, taught the children when there was nothing to teach with, giving them hope when there was little reason for hope and creating a little world of laughter, flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors/military with ID/youth (high school and below). BxOffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828 or www.csmd.edu/Arts.