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I Never Saw Another Butterfly (musical)
I Never Saw Another Butterfly (musical)
Based on the play by Celeste Raspanti. Book and lyrics by Joseph Robinette. Music by E.A. Alexander.

Cast: 8m., 5w., 8 children. With doubling, 3m., 4w., 4 children. 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.

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Music Samples
TitleMP3Sheet Music
Terezin
We'll Stick Together
The Rules
Do the Best With What You've Got
Welcome Shabbot
You Don't Know...
When I Go Home
Curfew
The Gift
The Wedding Psalm
Ludvik
You Don't Know... Reprise
Goodbye - I Leave You These


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Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  I03
Cast Size:  21
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  79
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  90 min.
Categories
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583424113
Publication Date: 10/15/2007
Biographies
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, which ...More
Celeste Raspanti comes to the theatre with experience in producing, directing, performing and teaching. Her published and produced plays include full-length and short plays, the book and lyrics for an operetta, children's plays, religious drama and chamber theatre scripts. She also publishes ...More
Joseph Robinette is a Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award nominee for the libretto of the acclaimed A Christmas Story, The Musical. He is the author or co-author of 55 published plays and musicals. His works have been produced at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, The Theater at Madison Square Garden and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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