Theatre’s 2022 Fall Show: “Radium Girls”


Angelina Balusek, Editor

Theatre hosted its fall show, “Radium Girls”,  this past weekend with many in attendance. The play was based on a true story about the 1920s tragedy, in which many of the girls who worked at the U.S. Radium Corporation fell ill with radium poisoning. Grace Fryer (Kailey Hennan), falls ill along with many other of her co-workers and fights for justice against the radium company

Radium was discovered by Marie Curie in 1898 and was said to cure cancer and restore health. The girls who worked in the factory painted dials with the glowing radium paint and were told to lick their brushes to sharpen the tip. Months later, the girls started experiencing toothaches and their bones began to rot from the inside. The first girl died in 1922.

Grace Fryer and Catherine Schaub, both terminally ill, sued the U.S. Radium Corp. and helped shape our present-day labor laws and safety regulations.

 “Since this was a historical play, it was important to come and see the play so we can learn from mistakes of the past,” Julianne Hall (9) said. “I really loved meeting new people and learning more about the Springs theatre program!”.