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John Stark students perform ‘Radium Girls’

  • Rose Kosciuscek performs in John Stark High School's performance of "Radium Girls." —Courtesy of Stephanie Rodonis

  • Carson Woodward performs in John Stark High School's "Radium Girls." —Courtesy of Stephanie Rodonis

  • Summer Giroux and Carson Woodward will perform in John Stark High School's "Radium Girls." —Courtesy of Stephanie Rodonis

  • Summer Giroux performs in John Stark High School's "Radium Girls." —Courtesy of Stephanie Rodonis

  • Bryanna Newcomb performs in John Stark High School's "Radium Girls." —Courtesy of Stephanie Rodonis

Monitor staff
Published: 11/14/2019 12:40:56 PM

The John Stark Regional High School stage company will be taking audiences back to just after World War I with their upcoming performances.

Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory tells the story of the hundreds of young women who went to work at clock factories painting dials with luminous (and hazardously radioactive) radium. The play follows them as they begin to experience the serious side effects of their work as they fight for their lives and seek justice from the U.S. Radium Corporation.

Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court, according to Dramatic Publishing. 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.

“It’s important to understand the sacrifices people have made over the years, and we shouldn’t forget the suffering of these women,” said Rose Kosciuscek, a freshman student who plays the role of Kathryn Schwab, one of the women in the factory.

The play was written so that a cast of nine or 10 could perform in multiple role of nearly 40 characters. However, John Stark is taking full advantage of the large roster of character. In addition to Kosciuscek, Sean Boisvert, Caleb Bojarsky, Ivy Brooks, Eli Bryant, Abigail Burke, Eve Caplan, Bailey Carignan, Helen Connor, Trinity Cozby, Kasidy Downing, Rebecca Drabble, Victoria Drake, Oliver Flynn, Jillian Gagnon, Summer Giroux, Jaiziah Hooper, Brooke Hurlburt, Jenna Jezierski, Quince Kirtland, Jillian LaBrecque, Cameron Lombard, Sierra McDonald, Brynna Newcomb, Annabel Poehlman, Abigail Sahlin, Alyssa Sargent, Braden Schou, Bree Souther, Zoey Tadlock, Hailey Turcotte-Hallee, Ava Weeks, Alexx Wilber, Ella Wilder, Carson Woodward and Lauren Zervo will be part of the cast. The show is directed by Jen Matzke.

Showtimes will be Thursday through Saturday at 6:30 p.m. held in the John Stark cafeteria. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and they may be reserved by calling 529-1601 and leaving a message.

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