WSMS Performs Heart-Rending One Act Play
"I Never Saw Another Butterfly" is a Holocaust play centered around Raja, one of the children who survived Terezin, and the other children trapped in the Ghetto. Over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, and only about a hundred were still alive when Terezin was liberated at the end of the war. This play was based off true stories of these children's lives, based on actual drawings and poems that were buried in hopes of someone finding them after the war. The WSMS cast visited a Holocaust museum as part of their preparation to be able to perform about such a deep topic. The cast came up with a motto "we need to tell people about history so it doesn't happen again" and pointed out that "even in the worst of times the children were able to find joy through drawing, telling stories and other art forms." The performance rang true to their words as the cast and crew of 25 students escorted the audience back to a time that was difficult to believe but important to hear and understand. The drawings, poems and dreams of the children came to life in a play that helped all in attendance empathize with the children while delivering the powerful messages those children wanted to live on beyond the camp.