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Girl With A Butterfly Heart

"An original story ballet in which dance and puppetry tell a tale of metamorphosis, migration, and resilience in a challenging and changing world."

Digital Program

February 12th, 2023 at 2 pm 

Theater at St. Jean's 

150 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021

Cast List

The Little Girl (A Child of Joy).....Lindsey Casale

The Butterfly.....Ethan Schweitzer-Gaslin

La Mariposa Monarca.....Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch

The Children of Sorrow:

Greed......Viktoria Wonders
Ignorance....Maddie Moayedi
Hubris.....Natalie Gasparini

The Spider..... Hanna Tsao

The Bird....Lily Ungs

The Sun....Caroline Davis

The Moon.....Josephine Moffitt

Migrating Monarchs......Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch, Hanna Tsao, Lily Ungs, Viktoria Wonders, Maddie Moayedi, Natalie Gasparini

Artistic Staff

Choreographer.......Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch

Director and Choreographic Advisor..... Sara Knight

Music..... Zoë Keating

Puppets....Duane Langenwalter

Costumes....Maureen Trotto

Lighting Design.....Jana Prager

Wardrobe Mistress.... Mary Beth Budd


It is spring, and somewhere in the "mother mountains," the Sierra Madres of central Mexico, the monarch butterflies are waking up. They stream down from the ancient oyamel forest canopies to drink from the mountain streams before beginning their journey north.

Elsewhere, in the Heartland of America, a little girl is playing in a field of nectar flowers and milkweed, awaiting the return of the butterflies.


This is the story of a Girl who dreams of flight and her Butterfly, who takes her on a magical journey of metamorphosis and migration, teaching her to cherish the delicate, fleeting nature of life in its constant cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

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