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Issue Date: Thursday, May 09, 2013 Issue: MAY #54 Last Update: Friday, June 14, 2013
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At-a-glance

Walsh Middle School production of "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" -

The play,  I Never Saw Another Butterfly
gets its name from a poem by Pavel Friedman.
Written by Celeste Raspanti, it is the story of Raja Englanderova, Holocaust survivor, and her time spent in the Terezin ghetto.

The story is seen through a series of flashbacks.

The recent Spring Walsh stage version displayed images of the actual artwork, poetry and songs created by the children of Terezine from 1942-1945. Walsh students presented their work at the 2013 Massachusetts Middle School Drama Festival and won a Gold for their wonderful efforts!

This is based on a true story. Despite the loss and anguish the character Raja experiences, it is about love and hope.

We see how a teacher, Irena Synkova, helps the children of Terezin survive using the arts to bring light into their dark lives.

The Butterfly

- by Pavel Friedman

The last, the very last,

So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.

Perhaps if the sun's tears would sing

against a white stone. . . .

Such, such a yellow

Is carried lightly 'way up high.

It went away I'm sure because it wished to

kiss the world good-bye.

For seven weeks I've lived in here,

Penned up inside this ghetto.

But I have found what I love here.

The dandelions call to me

And the white chestnut branches in the court.

Only I never saw another butterfly.

That butterfly was the last one.

Butterflies don't live in here,

in the ghetto.


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