OLEAN, NY -- Olean Theatre  Workshop has scheduled auditions for Celeste Raspanti’s "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," Monday and Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the Washington Street Theater, on the corner of Sixth and Washington Streets. The production will be staged Oct. 12-15.

All children's parts will be cast from the OTW's Kids program. OTW needs to cast adults in the roles of Irena Synkova the Teacher, Raja’s Mother, Father, Aunt Vera and the Rabbi. One more adult is needed for voice-overs.

From 1942 to 1945, during WWII, over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, a former military garrison set up as a ghetto in Czechoslovakia. It soon became a stopping-off place for hundreds of thousands of Jews on their way to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. When Terezin was liberated in 1945, only a hundred or so children were still alive.

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"I Never Saw Another Butterfly" is the story of Raja, a survivor, who tells of the Terezin children and their teacher, Irena Synkova, a woman who gave them all hope even when there was none, creating a small pocket of laughter, flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire. This play is an imaginative retelling of Raja’s story compiled from documentary materials including poems, diaries, letters, journals, drawings, and pictures.

There were no butterflies at Terezin, but for the children, they became a symbol of defiance and how the human spirit, even in the face of such reckless hate, can always find beauty, hope, and love.