Q&A With the Cast and Crew of "I Never Saw Another Butterfly"

"I have loved being a part of Butterfly! This is my first show here at UVU and I have learned and grown a lot as an actor from this experience."

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I Never Saw Another Butterfly opens in a few short days at UVU, and I was able to ask some of the cast and crew some questions about their process working on the show. Both to get a good idea of how they’ve been feeling working on the production, and to give them the opportunity to share their experiences with audiences in a direct manner. I hope you enjoy the passion they’ve shared, and we all look forward to seeing you when the show opens on September 28th!

What has been your experience working on this production?

I have loved being a part of Butterfly! This is my first show here at UVU and I have learned and grown a lot as an actor from this experience. I have had such a good time working with them all and I am excited for audiences to see this show! Even though the show is pretty heavy, I think it has really important content and audiences of all ages can enjoy and benefit from seeing it. Everyone come see it, it’s going to be great!”

            -Rikki Squire, Pavel

 

“I have enjoyed being able to collaborate with the other designers to get exactly what we want it to be.  I think what I have enjoyed most about this show is figuring out what to build for each of the characters and seeing if we have anything in stock that we can pull that would work. If there wasn't anything that would work we were able to design a costume and build it.  I really enjoyed being able to take what was in my head and turn it into something physical.”

            -Rae-Ann Sip, Costume Designer

 

“Honestly, it's been a lot of fun! This is the first UVU show I've performed in and it's been amazing. These awesome cast members included me in everything and I made some great friends!”

            -Jenna Prestwitch, Erika/Child IV

 

“This is my first time directing at UVU, and it's been a different experience than other organizations I've directed with. It was tricky coordinating  over the summer, while students and faculty were on break and while I was busy with the TYE Center summer camp and finishing my master's degree. But other than the frustrations that come from putting a production together in a limited time, it's been a positive experience, working with the student actors, designers, and stage managers. The students have taught me a lot about their dedication to their individual crafts, and it's inspiring to be with students so dedicated to their educations. I appreciate the belief department chair Lisa Hagen demonstrated in my skills, talents, and abilities by encouraging me to direct, and though it hasn't been an easy experience by any means, it has been incredibly fulfilling and exciting.”

            -Kynsie Kiggins, Director

What does this show mean to you?

“I did this show in High School and didn't remember too much of the plot coming into it again. What I do remember from that show was the feeling that came from what we did. I think one of the most vital things I learned is the importance of remembering. Whether that is remembering family or friends or memories or whatever it may be, no one or nothing wants to be forgotten. We have to put forth a valiant effort in remembering such things. As remember those characters in our life, we can "remember them, where ever we are.”’

            -Alex Joyner, Father

 

“This show gives me gratitude, hope, and an appreciation for culture and history. I have learned so much about legacy and perseverance.”

            -Carlee Baldwin, Irena Synkova

 

“This show means so much to me. It shows that human spirit and empathy shines through even in the worst of experiences. These people still lived and had lives in the worst of circumstances.”

            -Maddie Smith, Renka

What have been some challenges you have faced working on this production?

“While delving into the Jewish culture has been a beautiful experience, it’s also been a challenge because it’s really important to our cast and director that we respect these true beliefs and portray them with honesty. That’s a lot of responsibility but we’re fortunate enough to have our dramaturg, Tyler Botill, to make sure we’re representing the culture and religion in a true and meaningful way.”

            -Marta Myers, ASM/Mother

 

“Well memorizing was a little daunting at first, and I had to put a lot of work into it. But honestly, I’d say the hardest part about being in this show is the historical background. Thinking about all those people who went through the camps and all those children. It breaks my heart. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming, to really take in that information. Some of the lines in the show, when you stop and think about their meaning, carry a lot of weight. So that has been a challenge for me.”

            -Hallie Purser, Raja Englanderova

Who should see this show and why?

“Though the subject matter of the Holocaust is heavy and dark, the play itself is not. It's an opportunity for parents to discuss this piece of history as families. The characters don't ignore the realities of their situation - rather, they choose to find peace through their cultural history, their religious faith, their heritage, art, music, poetry, and a belief in one another. As the Rabbi states, ‘We have not let our sad fate overwhelm us.’ Not only should those who enjoy theatre attend the play, but also those who are interested in history and the creative dramatization of historical events. The play is uplifting without being trite, and direct about the realities of war without being gratuitous.”

            -Kynsie Kiggins, Director

 

“This show is for everyone! It has a universal message of love and hope that reaches out to all. Although it deals with some heavier topics, we hope that even younger children would feel comfortable enjoying this show.”

            -Alex Joyner, Father

If you had to describe this production in one word, what would that word be?

Refinement or Legacy”

            -Carlee Baldwin, Irena Synkova

 

            “Beautiful”

            -Maddie Smith, Renka

 

            “Intriguing”

            -Jenna Prestwitch, Erika/Child IV

 

            “Honest.”

            -Marta Myers, ASM/Mother

 

            “Hope”

            -Hallie Purser, Raja Engladerova

 

            “Lovely”

            -Kynsie Kiggins, Director