Art out of tragedy - how the children of Terezin coped with crisis through art
This thesis is the culmination of the two-year process of researching, lesson planning, rehearsing and producing the Celeste Raspanti play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, as a staged production with high school students. As the teacher and director, my guiding questions for this process were: Does creating a work of art have a psychological benefit for a child who has or will face a crisis? Does the process of creation help them cope better with the outcome of the crisis? What gave these children the will to survive in such terrible conditions day after day? Will the study of the Holocaust and the children of Terezin have a positive effect on my students in terms of coping with crisis? How can I make this play resonate and relate to my students today? This thesis details the processes used to ascertain the answers to these questions.