I Never Saw Another Butterfly


April 5-6 @ 7:30 pm

April 7-8 @ 2:30 pm

Crossroads Charter Academy, Big Rapids

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. One of the survivors, Raja, having lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little enough reason for hope, creating a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire, tells the true story of the children. It’s her play and it’s theirs. 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.


Raja – Ivi Wilhelm
Irena – Emily Aslakson
Mother – Laura Taylor
Father – Philip Himebaugh
Honza – Zach Good
Irca – Siri Quist
Vera – Beth Miller
Renka – Beth Miller
Pavel – Jeffery Woerner
Rabbi – Calvin McKay
Child 1 – Isaac Wilhelm
Child 2 – Islwyn Williams
Child 3 – Michael Horning
Child 4 – Savannah Bacon
Child 5 – Joshua Bacon

Society for Theatre Arts Growth & Enjoyment in Mid-Michigan