BRHS drama department presents ‘Radium Girls’

BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE: The Big Rapids High School Drama Department will present "Radium Girls" at 7:30 p.m May 14 and 15 and 2:30 p.m. on May 16 at the BRHS Auditorium. Pictured are Rory Quist (left) and Ricky Swinson. (Pioneer photo/Justin McKee)

BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE: The Big Rapids High School Drama Department will present “Radium Girls” at 7:30 p.m on May 14 and 15 and at 2:30 p.m. on May 16 at the BRHS Auditorium. Pictured are Rory Quist (left) and Ricky Swinson. (Pioneer photo/Justin McKee)

BIG RAPIDS — Throughout history, people have learned how to fix mistakes, advance in technology and stand up for what they believe in.

The Big Rapids High School Drama Department will present “Radium Girls” at 7:30 p.m. on May 14 and 15 and at 2:30 p.m. on May 16 at the BRHS Auditorium, located at 21175 15 Mile Road.

“Radium Girls,” written by D.W. Gregory, focuses on women factory workers in the 1920s. These women painted watch dials with luminous paint. The women were told the paint was harmless, but as time went on, the ladies began to get sick and die.

The BRHS drama department will present the story of these women and the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her rights in court.

“It’s really an intense drama that focuses on fighting for justice and what is right,” said Lori Hathaway, BRHS drama department director. “Anything that teaches history and deals with morals has a valuable lesson.”

WOMEN'S RIGHTS: "Radium Girls," written by D.W. Gregory, focused on women who were dial-painters in the 1920s, who painted watch dials with luminous paint. The women were told the paint was harmless, but as time went on, the ladies began to get sick and die. Pictured are Rachel Fox (left) and Adrianna Stephens. (Pioneer photo/Justin McKee)

WOMEN’S RIGHTS: “Radium Girls,” written by D.W. Gregory, focused on women who were dial-painters in the 1920s, who painted watch dials with luminous paint. The women were told the paint was harmless, but as time went on, the ladies began to get sick and die. Pictured are Rachel Fox (left) and Adrianna Stephens. (Pioneer photo/Justin McKee)

According to Hathaway, students have been preparing for the presentation since early March and are excited to be on the stage in front of family, friends and community members.

“The performance is a historical event that teaches people that what they do has consequences,” said Rachel Fox, a 10th-grade student who plays as Grace Fryer.

Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for students.

For more information about the performance, contact BRHS at (231) 796-7651.

“It’s an eye-opening and moving show that has a lot to offer to a variety of people,” said Ricky Swinson, a 10th-grade student who plays as Arthur Roeder.

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