Ringgold's fall play to tell history of 'Radium Girls'
Aspiring actors at Ringgold High School will travel back in time to the World War I era for their fall play.
The Ringgold High School Drama Department and International Thespian Troupe 7620 will present “Radium Girls” at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 in the high school auditorium.
Tickets are $4 and will be available at the door.
“Radium Girls,” by D.W. Gregory, is inspired by the true story of the young women who worked at the U.S. Radium Corporation during World War I, painting dials for the luminous watches worn by the soldiers in Europe.
The play continues through the 1920s as the world thought that radium was a miracle cure.
Ringgold's cast and crew have been working on the play since mid-September, designing and building sets and props; filming certain scenes of the play; serving as assistant directors, stage managers, make-up artists and costumers; and running the lights, sound and backstage areas for the performance.
The on-stage or on-film performers include Sarah Bagay, Maggie Boccella, Kasie Brooks, Jared Cummings, Chris D'Emidio, Lakisha Dunmeyer, Caitlyn Eiler, John Emricko, Ethan Frankfort, Maya Hite, Grabriella Hollander, Dallas Jericho, Cheyenne Johnson, Kendall Kray, Sarah Krempasky, Katie McConnell, Kirsten McMichael, Zach Mendola, Gabby Millette, Tori Novak, Selena Robertson, Camille Simone, Jamie Stewartson, Matt Toland, Madison Trainer, Beth VanBibber, Kim VanBibber, and Drew Yauch.
Its discoverer, Madame Curie was an international celebrity, and luminous watches became the latest rage for everyone—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. The play traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.
Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.
Called a “powerful” and “engrossing” drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.
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