Terezin Project: Children of the Holocaust

Type: Performance
Art Form: Theater
Grade Level: 7-12
Scheduling Request

The problems of hatred, prejudice and indifference are present in our communities and in our schools. In a moving and inspiring performance featuring young actors, Terezin: Children of the Holocaust provides an historical context within which to examine these critically important issues. Inspired by the art and poetry of the children of Terezin, playwright and director Anna Smulowitz, the daughter of Auschwitz survivors, wrote the play in order to sustain the memory of the victims, including her many family members who did not survive. The play depicts two days in a cell at Terezin or Theresienstadt, a concentration camp outside of Prague that imprisoned many European Jews, including over 15,000 children. It is the story of six of these children, and chronicles the last two days of their lives before being deported to their deaths at Auschwitz. While the play suggests the grim reality of what lies ahead, it is also a testament to the hope that children naturally possess, and shows how these particular children achieved a triumph of spirit through their personal relationships and their artwork.

Length: 75-80 Minutes
Audience Limit: 500
Curriculum Connection: Holocaust Education, Theater Arts, Intolerance and Discrimination

Single Show: $1,700
Back-To-Back: $2,890
Three-In-A-Row: $4,080
Travel Fee: $100/day

Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts


-Reserved parking space near entrance to performance space

-Sound System that can play a CD and amplification (floor mics, or lavalier mics - whatever the school normally uses to amplify their spaces). 

-At least 2 handheld mics for the audience talkback portion.   

Lights: Bare minimum lights that can be turned on and off. Ideally controllable pools of light with at least a warm and cool wash and a center spot.

-Projector that can play a DVD or powerpoint and screen that can be removed or hidden
Arrival time before first performance: Three hours prior to show time to set up and learn the equipment
Strike time: 30 minutes
Time needed between performances: 1 hour (please provide lunch - school lunch is fine)
Teachers are asked to model appropriate audience behavior for students.

Please introduce the performers as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts ensemble.