Viking Drama presenting ‘Radium Girls’ Feb. 22 and 23

WHS Viking Drama cast members rehearse a scene from “Radium Girls.” From left are Klara Flom, Tristan Romero, Elena Woodburn, Sophia Mangold and Coryn Badley. The drama is presented at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Evans Hawk Auditorium. Tickets are sold at the door.

The Winfield High School Viking Drama will present “Radium Girls,” a drama in two acts by D.W. Gregory, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the WHS auditorium, 100 N. Viking Blvd.

Set in the 1920s, the play tells the true story of a number of New Jersey women who worked as watch dial painters during World War I. As the world began to use the newly discovered element radium in manufacturing for its glowing properties, the girls begin to develop serious physical illnesses and abnormalities. The negligence of the company in exposing them to such high levels of radiation becomes apparent, and their case is taken up by the Consumer’s League. Their fight for life becomes a struggle for justice in a time when the interests of big business are dominant.

Featured in the cast of “Radium Girls” as factory workers, company representatives, family, friends and other historical figures are Elena Woodburn, Caeston Sandlin, Evie Quiett, Coryn Badley, Rozlynn Richert, Sophia Mangold, Matti Mattocks, Laura Shriner, Lily Cox, Tristan Romero, Sage Cook, America Sanchez, Katya Crow, Klara Flom, Alyssa Bellew, Eden Williams and Erin Horton.

The production is under the stage management of Allie Brodbeck and is directed by Michelle Zakharov.

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