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February 4, 2011

Hope for the Flowers, The Musical

Presented By:

St. Anne Theater and Dance Company (SATDC)
May 29,30 and 31 2009
@ Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Anne,
Sta. Ana, Taguig City

Based on the best-selling book by Trina Paulus

This is a story of a caterpillar named Stripe. Upon hatching from his egg, Stripe discovered life. He began eating and crawling and met a lot of other creatures. Doing the same things everyday, he began asking himself of more about life.

One day, Stripe saw other crawlers climbing a great column rising in the air. It was a caterpillar pillar. He felt new excitement so he joined the crawlers trying to reach the top.

At the pile, Stripe was shocked to know that it was ‘push or be pushed’ in the pillar. He kept on asking “what’s at the top?”, but no one has the answer. There he met Yellow who shares his sentiments towards the climbing life. They decided to go down the pile together.

Stripe and Yellow lived and enjoyed being together, but only for a while. The pillar haunted Stripe. He asked Yellow to join him and climb the pillar again, Yellow said no. They fell apart.

Alone and desolate, Yellow saw a gray caterpillar making his cocoon. The old caterpillar convinced Yellow to start making her own, and be a beautiful butterfly that she can be. Though uncertain of what’s going to happen, Yellow risked the only life she knew.

At the pillar, Stripe finally reached the top, only to realize that there’s nothing up there but a view of a thousand other caterpillar pillars.

At the top, the creatures saw a yellow winged creature. Stripe was moved to go down the pile. He went back to where he left Yellow but he could no longer find her. Instead, he saw a Yellow butterfly. Though, he can not understand what the winged creature is telling him, he seemed to know what to do . Stripe made his own cocoon. Yellow, the butterfly, waited.

Until one day, they are together once more, as butterflies…

“This is a tale of a catterpillar who has trouble becoming what he really is…
A tale partly about life, partly about revolution, and lots about hope..."
- Trina Paulus

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