Radium Girls

Kati Blaylock

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Junior Gretchen Otter, senior Chelsie Penner and Junior Kelsi Harris listen to the company’s manager

Students in Drama 3/4 put on a show entitled “Radium Girls” on April 5 and 6. The show is set in the 1920’s and is based upon the true story about factory workers who slowly got radium poisoning after painting watches and dials with radium-based paint.

“This [play] is very different because it’s based on a historical event,” junior Gabrielle Mathews said. “It is the exact same names, same places, same people and it’s also very dramatic.”

This show is one of the few that have been based on a true event that the department have put on.

“I feel like most of the shows we do here are very like eccentric or comedy or something along those lines,” Mathews said. “I think it’s good to have a little taste of what the dramatic side of theater is.”

Some students in the play have one major part. Others, like sophomore Creed Ekerberg had many different characters.

“For me, it’s been really hard [to play multiple characters] because a lot of my scenes are back to back,” Ekerberg said. “It’s hard to think of what clothing I need to have, what props I need to bring on and what my next lines are at the same time while I’m also going back on stage.”

Radium Girls was the last show the drama department put on in the 2019 school year.

“It’s sad because it’s the seniors last show and the last show we’ll have with them,” sophomore Jacob Phillips said. “But we’re also getting ready for the show next year, Into the woods, and we are all excited about that.”