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I Never Saw Another Butterfly  (Musical) - Full Length Musical, Drama

I Never Saw Another Butterfly (Musical)

Celeste Raspanti, Joseph Robinette, E.A. Alexander

Full Length Musical, Drama

8m, 5f

ISBN: 9781583424117

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Full Length Musical


This new musical version of Celeste Raspanti's widely produced play brings an added dimension to the story of the children of Terezin, a ghetto under Nazi rule during World War II. Though few of the children survived, their lives were given meaning and hope through the tireless efforts of an inspirational teacher, Irena, who challenged their creativity and artistry in a makeshift classroom using scavenged materials which she kept hidden from the authorities. More than 5,000 drawings, poems and prose pieces were produced by the children in the concentration camp during its three- year existence, thus providing a legacy that continues to be honored and celebrated today. As narrated by one of the survivors - and close friend of Irena - Raja takes the audience on a never-to-be-forgotten adventure that moves seamlessly back-and-forth between past and present. The musical is rich in its variety of songs including "Terezin," "We'll Stick Together," "When I Go Home," "You Don't Know the First Thing About Anything," and "I Loved You Before I Met You." The final words of the song "I Leave You These" best summarize the theme of the musical. As Irena is leaving Terezin to meet her fate, she secretly passes the writings and drawings to Raja and sings: "These poems and pictures will live on after us all/And on the memory of the children who made them/Night shall never fall." Area staging. Approximate running time: 90 minutes. 


8m, 5f


Flexible casting

E.A. Alexander

E.A. Alexander

Composer E.A. Alexander has created numerous works for music theater. The list includes Another Kind of Hero, about Raoul Wallenberg, which played at Phildelphia's Walnut Street Theatre and the Leah Posluns Theatre in Toronto; and Anne Frank: A Voice Heard, which toured nationally and was commissioned by American Theatre Arts for Youth. Alexander's musicals for young audiences include Mumbo Jumbo, ... view full profile

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