Announcing Auditions for Spotlight Core’s Production: ‘Radium Girls’
• When: January 17 & 18 at 6 p.m. (attendance at both sessions is not required)
• Where: CEPA (The Center for Education and Performing Arts), located on the Pell City High School Campus, 25 Williamson Drive, Pell City 35125
• What to Prepare: CLICK HERE to complete your online audition form. Please prepare a one-minute intro.
Roles are available for students and community members over 15! If you are interested in being a part of the production, but maybe not as an actor, contact Shelby Maddox at [email protected]
Rehearsals will begin January 25. Please list any recurring conflicts you have each day of the week and write any specific dates you already know you will be unavailable due to work/vacation/etc.
Performance Dates will be March 18-20, 2022.
Description Radium Girls
In 1926, radium was not only a miracle cure for cancer – it was a sign of high society. Its glowing properties were used in paints that brought fashion to the next level.
It was also, for some, a death sentence.
“Radium Girls” were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with this self-luminous paint. After being told that the paint was harmless, women working in watch factories ingested deadly amounts of radium after being instructed to “point” their brushes on their lips in order to give them a fine tip. Some also painted their fingernails, face and teeth with the glowing substance.
Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her former boss, Arthur Roeder, is 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.
Roles are listed in the excerpt of the play listed below.