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Ashland High School Theatre presents Radium Girls, a drama based on history, 

this November 4-15

Ashland High School Theatre, now in its 22nd year in school- business partnership with OSF, proudly presents the powerful drama, Radium Girls, written by D.W. Gregory and directed by Betsy Bishop. This compelling production will play Thursdays –Saturday, November 5-15. at 7:30 p.m. with two Sunday matinees on Sunday, November 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. There’s also a special $7.00 preview on Wednesday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m.

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by historical events, Radium Girls traces the efforts of young Grace Fryer, a skilled dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Fryer’s Chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, 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. A fascinating story about the power of the human spirit, Radium Girls encompass the worlds of science, business, journalism, ethics, workplace safety as well as our own personal and collective conscience.

Betsy Bishop, the director, points out, “It’s an engrossing and fast-moving drama. This ninety-minute historically accurate play is both enlightening and provocative. Although these events occurred in the 1920’s, we are still grappling with these same issues in 2015!”

Radium Girls feature 20 AHS actors. Amelia Sorensen plays Grace Fryer, a luminous dial painter, and Liam Atkins plays Arthur Roeder, the President of the Radium Corporation. The other company actors are Jonathan Connolly, Kyle Storie, Preston Meade, Corrine Maddox, Julia Laurensen, Ceili Widmann, David Lee, Grace Pruitt, Isaiah Brown, Lily Rider, McKenzie Baratta, Nick Clary, Sienna Ross, Sierra Milburn, Tessa Buckley, Zoe Lishinsky, Alex Welden and Kate Prentice. Rain Haywood and Kate Prentice are the understudies.

The creative team assisting Ms. Bishop involve six professionals. Dave Pedersen and Sandy Phillips are the set designers. David Pedersen is also the master carpenter/tech director and Bart Grady is the lighting designer/tech director. Emily Erhlich-Inget is the costume designer. Todd Barton is the soundscape designer assisted by Nellie Strong as the sound effect designer. Suzanne Seiber is the choreographer. Chris Jossy is the Stage Manager; McKenzie Williams and Simmy Penn-Kout are his assistants. Emma Durbin is the dramaturg.

Tickets are now on sale online at or call +1 866 967 8167 and in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved $15; General $10; Student under 18/Seniors over 65: $7. Reserved tickets are only sold online. Seven evening shows play Wed. through Sat. November 4-7 and Thurs-Sat, November 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. A special $7.00 preview show will be Wed. November 4 at 7:30 p.m. Two Sunday matinees will play November 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. For information call 541-482-8771; group sales call 541-840-6410.

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