Laguna Playhouse aims to counter growing anti-Semitism among youth with play about children and the Holocaust

Elijah Lopez is 16 1/2 years of ages, the very same age as the personality he plays in the upcoming Laguna Play house Young people Theatre manufacturing of “I Never Saw One More Butterfly.”

The duty of Honza Košek is a much cry from thelife enjoyed by Lopez, a junior at Goal Viejo High, and also his peers.

Still, Lopez believes the lessons in mankind he draws from the play can be explanatory for other youngsters, especially offered the anti-Semitic as well as other hate-driven cases that in the last few years have actually gotten on the surge in Orange County as well as around the nation.

He considers a photograph that appeared previously this year on social media, showing trainees from Newport Harbor High amongst a group of teenagers that smiled as well as blinked the Nazi salute as they stood around red mugs prepared to form a swastika. The image, described by at the very least one teenager as a “huge joke,” was taken in a Costa Mesa house throughout an event of students from Newport-Mesa Unified senior high schools.

” That was exceptionally disheartening, to see individuals make jokes regarding the deaths of Jews,” claimed Lopez, during a break in practice session this week.

  • The actors of “I Never Ever Saw One More Butterfly,” including Elijah Lopez, left, go through an outfit rehearsal at the Laguna Playhouse as they plan for the opening of the Holocaust-related play in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. The play tells the story of youngsters at the Terezin, or Theresienstadt, Nazi focus camp. The play was selected specifically to assist attend to the uptick in racial discrimination at the national degree and also local degree– including recent cases involving Orange County secondary school pupils. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

  • Cassidy Morgan, 16, plays Raja in “I Never Ever Saw Another Butterfly” throughout an outfit rehearsal at the Laguna Playhouse as they plan for the opening of the Holocaust-related play in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. The play tells the story of children at the Terezin, or Theresienstadt, Nazi concentration camp. The play was picked specifically to assist deal with the uptick in racial discrimination at the national degree as well as regional degree– consisting of recent incidents involving Orange County secondary school pupils. (Image by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

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  • The cast of “I Never Saw An Additional Butterfly,” including Elijah Lopez, center, gone through an outfit practice session at the Laguna Play house as they prepare for the opening of the Holocaust-related play in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. The play tells the story of youngsters at the Terezin, or Theresienstadt, Nazi prisoner-of-war camp. The play was picked particularly to assist resolve the uptick in racial discrimination at the national level as well as local degree– including recent incidents involving Orange County high institution trainees. (Image by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG).

  • Wally Ziegler plays a German soldier in “I Never Saw One More Butterfly” during an outfit practice session at the Laguna Playhouse as they get ready for the opening of the Holocaust-related play in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (Picture by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG).

  • Cassidy Morgan, 16, plays the lead character of Raja in “I Never Ever Saw One More Butterfly” during a gown practice session at Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. The play tells the tale of children at the Terezin, or Theresienstadt, Nazi concentration camp. (Picture by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Region Register/SCNG).

  • Jennifer Pearce, left as well as Cassidy Morgan, carry out during a dress wedding rehearsal for “I Never Saw An Additional Butterfly” at the Laguna Play house as they prepare for the opening of the Holocaust-related play in Laguna Coastline on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (Picture by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Region Register/SCNG).

  • Sharon Jewell, facility, does throughout an outfit practice session for “I Never Ever Saw One More Butterfly” at the Laguna Play House in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (Picture by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

  • Laguna Playhouse Education And Learning Supervisor Donna Inglima, just recently retired Laguna Play house education and learning supervisor, asks the team a question during a gown wedding rehearsal for “I Never Ever Saw An Additional Butterfly” as they prepare for the opening of the Holocaust-related play in Laguna Coastline on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (Image by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

  • Donna Inglima, center, provides instructions to Alan Slobodkin, left, and also Mercedes Amezcua during a gown wedding rehearsal for “I Never Ever Saw Another Butterfly” in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Inglima recently retired as education director for Laguna Playhouse. This is her last manufacturing. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

  • Cassidy Morgan, 16, left, plays Raja in “I Never Ever Saw Another Butterfly” throughout a dress wedding rehearsal at the Laguna Play house as they plan for the opening of the Holocaust-related play in Laguna Coastline on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (Image by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Region Register/SCNG).

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Regarding 100 Newport Harbor High pupils will certainly be amongst those going to a matinee for institution groups on Thursday, Oct. 24. That performance, along with a couple of others, will be complied with by a conversation regarding the Holocaust. Amongst those speaking in the discussions will be Holocaust survivors, sharing their stories.

Lopez hopes his portrayal of Honza will certainly enlighten teenagers that come to see the play, which is slated to run Saturday, Oct. 19, via Oct. 27.

” If they were birthed because time, (Honza) can have been their friend.”

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The grownups associated with the Laguna Playhouse production chose “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” as one of three Youth Theater plays this year especially since they thought the message was timely, specifically as a play about youngsters. Free ride and transportation to the Laguna Beach theater, which seats about 400, is being offered to institution youngsters in Orange County.

The play is the goodbye from lately retired manufacturer Donna Inglima, whose setting as Laguna Playouse supervisor of Youth and also Educational Outreach is now in the hands of educator Dylan Russell.

Earlier this week, Russell enjoyed from the cinema seats as Inglima directed the cast through an outfit rehearsal. Russell relocated to Orange Area from San Francisco, where she directed visual and also carrying out arts at Jewish Area Senior High School of the Bay. The young actors in “Butterfly,” all signed up in the year-round courses Laguna Playhouse provides, will certainly take the story beyond the phase because they have actually symbolized the personalities, Russell said.

” They will certainly continue to bring reality to light.”

Much of the financing for the cost-free Oct. 24 institution team efficiency is anticipated to come from a $5,000 give that the Newport Coastline Arts Commission has actually suggested awarding the playhouse. The Newport Beach City board still need to accept the give, however Arts Commissioner Michelle Bendetti called the recommendation a “no-brainer.”

In the after-effects of the firestorm over the swastika image, participants of the Jewish area, together with authorities from Newport Harbor High and also the school district, have functioned to inform trainees regarding the Holocaust and also anti-Semitism. The Laguna Play house application particularly cited the image incident and also a desire to have Newport Harbor High students see the play, Bendetti said.

Bendetti intends to participate in the Oct. 24 efficiency. A starlet, she has performed two times at Laguna Play house and is co-chair of The Laguna Playhouse Female fundraising-ambassador team. As a secondary school dramatization student in the 1980s, she performed a talk from “Butterfly.”

” It’s an effective play,” Bendetti claimed.

While he is supported by the response from Newport Harbor, Doug Vogel, director of development for Laguna Playhouse, is dissatisfied that it is the only public school thus far to use up the offer to have trainees attend the play free. Vogel said he got in touch with the Orange County Division of Education to get the word out yet hasn’t heard from any public colleges.

Other institutions participating in the sold-out opening night efficiency are charters or independent schools, Vogel claimed. He included that there is still time for Laguna Playhouse to prepare one more day for interested school teams.

” We can take colleges on extra days if there is need,” Vogel said.

The play appropriates for ages 12 as well as up.

” We hope primary institutions will certainly take us up on our deal,” he included. “As well as for Title 1 schools, we consist of lunch.”

Fatality and survival

The one-act play, composed in 1971 by Celeste Raspanti, is based on a 1959 publication — — a collection of art and verse produced by Jewish kids at the Terezin prisoner-of-war camp in Czechoslovakia — — of the same name. A lot of the youngsters of Terezin were amongst the 6 million Jews eliminated in the Holocaust. In all, 11 million people perished as Holocaust sufferers.

At the start of the play the audience learns that Honza, the role Lopez inhabits, passes away in Auschwitz. Honza’s name is among those of the dead that are called out as young stars putting on yellow Stars of David on their shabby clothing progression from semi-darkness.

Yet what unfolds on stage, told in flashback through lead character Raja (obvious Rye-uh) Englanderova, is a story of the hope and also resistance that the real-life youngsters of Terezin discovered by developing art. Raja, who becomes Honza’s sweetheart, in genuine life was among 141 kids (out of 15,000 sent to Terezin) that managed to survive.

Cassidy Morgan, 16, is cast as Raja. Morgan, a student at Laguna Beach High, said the play is as hopeful as it is unfortunate. Raja sheds her whole family members — — both parents, her brother and also sister-in-law, and an aunt — — and has to continue alone. Morgan notes she does this with nerve and also self-respect.

Morgan recites her favorite line: “What exists to be afraid when you have stated farewell to everybody you love?”

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To make inquiries about bringing a school team to a performance of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” contact Doug Vogel at 949-204-5341 or dvogel@lagunaplayhouse.com. For basic information on the play, go to lagunaplayhouse.com.

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