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The College of Southern Maryland’s Theatre Company has set its cast for the production of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” a play by Celeste Raspanti produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Co. of Woodstock, Ill.
More than 15,000 children passed through the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, and only about 100 were still alive when Terezin was liberated at the end of World War II.
One of the survivors, Raja, who lived through it all, taught the children when there was nothing to teach with, wanting to give them hope when there was little reason for it.
She created a little world of laughter, flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire.
“I Never Saw Another Butterfly” tells the true story of the children.
There were no actual butterflies at Terezin, but for the children, the butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported, according to a news release.
CSM’s cast includes Aimee Bonnet of White Plains as Irena Synkova; Alexis Miller of Crofton as Renka; Emmeline Jones of Mechanicsville as Raja Englanderova; Kendall Garton of Hollywood as Vera; Reed Grubbs of Piney Point as Child; Robert Hamilton of Marbury as Pavel; Charles Long of Upper Marlboro as Rabbi; Alex LaClair as Loudspeaker and Ken LaClair as Father, both of La Plata; Brandi Kirkham as Erika, Jessi Kirkham as Irca, Paula Kirkham as Mother, Shad Kirkham and Sydni Kirkham, both as Child, all of Waldorf.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23 at the College of Southern Maryland’s Fine Arts Center at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 seniors, military members with identification and youth in high school or younger.
For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 301-934-7828 or go to www.csmd.edu/arts.