The Butterfly Queen


Julia Carson

On January 16th through 17th, Hamilton’s theatre department held a one-act play called Butterfly Queen in the auditorium. It lasted about 30 minutes and was about a school shooting in a 1st-grade classroom and the unfortunate death of a beloved teacher after her sacrificing her life to save the kids. After that event, the students decided to perform random acts of kindness to the other students at that school and people in their community. The production started at 7 pm and ended at around 9 pm. 

Even though it was a small performance, the message behind it was huge. The name Butterfly Queen is symbolic. “Being nice to someone sitting alone at lunch or reaching out to someone who is quiet in class can inspire them to do the same for someone else. It’s the butterfly effect or a rippling effect and it’s a great thing,” said Griffen McClendon (12). Going out of your way to do something nice for someone without being asked really impacts that person, it could make their day so much better during anything they may be going through. Different lessons can be learned from this play and they can be used in everyday life. “The sacrifices we make for others can be carried on through actions and the lingering effects of something like that can turn into something beautiful,” Riley Van Cleve (12) said. Selflessness is key to living a fulfilling life and gives you a sense that you can make a difference in someone’s life, big or small. “ This play means a lot on a deeply personal note. It’s someone we’re starting to see occur a lot nowadays, school shootings are happening across the nation and it’s devastating. We want to have a voice but we are only kids, so through art, we showed what we can do to make a difference” said Xavier Valdez (12).

Anything can be done to make a positive change in this world or even just our community. You could go as far as to donate to a charity or simply give someone a compliment. We all have a voice but the biggest difference is how we choose to use it. Be kind and make a difference huskies!