Radium Girls

Sean Sorek, staff writer

“Radium Girls”, the fall play, is opening on Nov. 8, with additional showings on the 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, and 17th.  The story revolves around workers of the US Radium Corporation and their fight against their bosses.

It takes place in New Jersey during the 1920s, when a group of workers at the US Radium Corporation who painted watches with glow-in-the-dark paint, which happens to be radioactive, suddenly fall ill with a mysterious disease.

The play follows the fight of Grace Fryer, played by sophomore Ava Bueno.  She fights against her former employer, Arthur Roeder, played by senior Sam Fremin, a man who does not believe that radium could possibly be causing the streak of illness among his employees.

“I’m excited for the show because I have a lot of lines and have a lead role,” Fremin said. “My favorite part of my role is the complexity of how Roeder deals with his guilt.”

For this play, the audience will be on the stage with the actors. This will allow the audience to better see the actor’s performance.

“I’m also excited to have the audience on stage because I can get up in their face,” Fremin said.

Director Glen Hochkeppel believes it will enhance the experience.

“As a viewer, there will be less separation between you and the performance,” Mr. Hochkeppel said. “When viewing a performance from afar, it acts a barrier between you and the actors, but when you are 3 feet away, it becomes more immediate and emotional”

Because of the limited seating, there will be more showings so everyone who wants to see the show can see the show. Tickets are being sold on the school website and are sold only as reserved seats. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door at a first-come first-serve basis.

“One of the main technical difficulties is figuring out the best use of stage space while still complying with the fire code,” Mr. Hochkeppel said. “Along with that, the show needs to work from all angles.”

Other cast members include seniors Taylor Stevens, Bethany Shears, Myles Green, and juniors James Good and Hannah Hilburn.