MIHS drama department to perform ‘And a Child Shall Lead’

Special to the Reporter

Based on the true story of a group of children trapped in Terezin, the “Jewish city” the Nazis created as a stopping place before Auschwitz and other death camps, “And a Child Shall Lead” by Michael Slade is a story of strength, fear, hope, resilience and human connection.

Though these children are fighting to survive, they find sources of hope and beauty to keep them alive, even at the risk of being caught and killed. The text of the found poems are intertwined throughout the play.

The Mercer Island High School drama department will perform this play eight times with two casts in February.

Evening performances run at 7 p.m. Feb. 2-4 and 9-11; matinee performances run at 2 p.m. Feb. 4 and 11. The department will be hosting a talk-back with representatives from the Anti-Defamation League after the performances on Feb. 2 and 9. Due to the heavy subject matter, the show is recommended for audiences 12 and older.

Tickets can be purchased by: Clicking on the QR code on publicity materials or by following https://wa-mercerisland-lite.intouchreceipting.com/mihsdrama. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. There will only be 170 seats available per performance. There is no late seating.

* Cast Butterflies:

Jana Hellerova- Zoya Firasta

Alena Lederova- Brielle Gradek

Gabriela Winterova- Sadie Jensen

Eva Hellerova- Paige Kirby

Erik Kosek- Izzy Ferrari

Martin Lowy- Christopher Burnside

Pavel Hoffman- Giovee Roque

Miroslav Weiss- Chase Urban

Asna Lindtova- Ruball Dhillon

Teddy Friedmann- Colin Dowdy

Hanus Hachenburg- Kyle Gerstel

Franta Bass- Jada Jorgensen

Miriam Grunfeld- Mia Vorkoper

* Cast Wildflowers:

Jana Hellerova- Annabel Rimmer

Alena Lederova- Molly Atkinson

Gabriela Winterova- Madi Chew

Eva Hellerova- Abby Weiss

Erik Kosek- Jonathan Aggar

Martin Lowy- Milo Mechem-Miller

Pavel Hoffman- Katie McGuire

Miroslav Weiss- Greg Chvany

Franta Bass- Meredith Weaver

Teddy Friedmann- Caleb Su

Petr Fischl- Alec Martin

Helga Weissova- Sam Chandar

Miriam Grunfeld- Mia Vorkoper