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Radium Girls opens tomorrow night in first of 3 performances

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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.
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Called a “powerful” and “engrossing” drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science. {{more}}
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Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man 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. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble.
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A theatre adaptation of that story by D. W. Gregory?will be presented by the Kennedale High School Theatre Troupe with performances set for Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m, Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. in the Kennedale Performing Arts Center at 901 Wildcat Way. Tickets are $5 for. adults and $2 for students

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Cast members are high school students Vanessa Stahl, Ben Garcia, Biancca Colette, Shelby Flowers, Hailey Green, Cuillin Chastain-Howley, Trace Hughes, Cody Kovar, Grant Malone, Kayla Marshall, Kennedy Muzyka, Nick Swille and Allison Villaire. The production will be under the direction of Doug Parker, Director of Theater at KHS.

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