Fall play Radium Girls premieres this week

Sarah Hazenfield, Staff Writer

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It’s that time of the year again. This year the drama department brings you a play with a little​ ​history​ ​involved.​ ​It’s​ ​called​ ​Radium​ ​Girls.

The story takes place between 1918-1928 in New Jersey, when the element radium was very popular, hence the name. People would put radium in everything, from clothing to water because they thought it had miracle medical powers. They would also put it into the paint factory workers​ ​would​ ​use​ ​to​ ​write​ ​the​ ​numbers​ ​on​ ​watches​ ​because​ ​radium​ ​glows​ ​in​ ​the​ ​dark.

This story is one that will come to life on stage. “There’s something to seeing something live happening, versus seeing something through a screen,” said English Teacher Jason Stevens, director. “You’re sharing a moment with 100 other people at the same time and there is​ ​something​ ​beautiful​ ​about​ ​that​ ​that​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​get​ ​[when staring at] ​a​ ​screen.”

Radium Girls centers around girls who worked in these factories and were exposed to this toxic chemical all the time. This play tells the story of how these girls tried to fight the company​ ​for​ ​compensation​ ​for​ ​all​ ​the​ ​health​ ​problems​ ​that resulted​ ​from​ ​working​ ​in​ ​the​ ​factories.

The main characters, Grace Friar and Arthur Roeder, are played by Grace Corwine and Max Schmidt, respectively. Regarding the cast, Stevens said “it’s a fun group of students, and​ ​they’re​ ​working​ ​real​ ​hard.”

The play will have three showtimes: Thursday, November 9, Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11. All shows will start at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at HEHS. Tickets cost $7, but freshman get in free with a student ID. The recommended age group to see this play is 6th grade and up.

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