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‘The Radium Girls’

PRESS PHOTOS BY DONNA GEWERTZ Northampton Area High School Theatre Company rehearses for its upcoming production of “The Radium Girls,” set for 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the NAHS auditorium, 1619 Laubach Ave.
Cast members of Northampton Area High School Theatre Company perform “The Radium Girls” during a Nov. 4 dress rehearsal. In this scene, the stage transforms into a courtroom, where arguments and evidence are attempted to be stalled by the U.S. Radium Company. The performances are set for 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the auditorium at NAHS, 1619 Laubach Ave. The production is directed by Christine Marto and was written by D.W. Gregory.
Employees and family of the U.S. Radium Company attend a meeting of the Women's Club of Orange meeting, where they enlist the assistance of Katherine Wiley (upper left), played by senior Karah Abarca. Wiley was responsible for encouraging the affected radium girls to pursue their lawsuits against the company and brought in experts to assist in gathering data and evidence.
The cast and crew of the play anxiously await their performances.
A scene in a cemetery has lead character Grace Fryer (senior Rachel Kemmerer) visiting the grave of a former co-worker of the U.S. Radium Company, while her former fiance, Tom Kreider (senior Luke Folcher), looks on.
U.S. Radium Company President Arthur Roeder, portrayed by senior Will McMahon, discusses the troubles at the company with his wife, Diane Roeder, portrayed by senior Jenna Kleiber.
While news reporters attempt a story from the company president's wife (at left), a frustrating exchange occurs between Raymond Berry, played by senior Aidan Fincke (second from right), attorney for the radium girls, and Edward Markley, played by senior Michael Seidick, attorney for the company.
In this scene, the young girls chat together at work. Employed at U.S. Radium Company, these young ladies painted watch dials with “harmless,” luminous, glow-in-the-dark paint that, unknowingly to them, contained deadly radium. They were instructed to lick their paint brushes to maintain a fine tip for the intricate work. By chasing the American dream, they would be led down a perilous and deadly path that would leave them not only fighting for their lives but also fighting with their dwindling physical strength for justice in the face of great adversity.