ArtsView Children’s Theatre Production Set for June


ArtsView Children’s Theatre recently conducted auditions for its upcoming production of Celeste Raspanti’s “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.”

More than 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.

Veteran ArtsView director Laura Bowen directs the production, which features a cast of 12-16 youths ages 13-18.

Before taking the show on the road, the cast performs “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” for area audiences the weekend of June 5-6. The week following, the troupe takes the production to the 20th annual Texas Non-Profit Theatre Youth Conference in Bastrop. Young people from all across Texas who are interested in the performing arts attend the conference.

The 2015 conference features performances by up to 15 youth companies, as well as workshops and social events.

For more information on this production and to find out more about the 2015 Season or ArtsView’s PATHS (Performing Arts THeatre School), visit the website at

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