Randolph, NJ: County College of Morris (CCM) is proud to welcome theater enthusiasts back to campus for a thoughtful and provocative performance of D. W. Gregory’s “Radium Girls,” this month.
The Department of Music, Performing Arts & Music Technologies hopes to fill the college’s Dragonetti Auditorium for the first time in more than a year with an ensemble piece inspired by the true story of Grace Fryer, a watch dial painter for U.S. Radium Corporation, based in Orange, who fell ill with a mysterious disease. Performances of “Radium Girls” will be held October 21 – 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dragonetti Auditorium in the Student Community Center on the CCM campus, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph.
“The drama tells the story of strong females entering the workforce in the 1920s and facing unsafe work conditions and injustice within the workspace,” according to Acting Professor and Director Michael Donahue. “The overall theme is standing up for oneself and fighting for the big corporation to take responsibility for wrongs done.” It’s something both Donahue and Assistant Director Madisyn Mammon believe is still relevant to today’s modern workplace.
The cast features Kayla Del Valle from Denville as Grace Fryer and Nicholas Meurer from Sussex as Arthur Roeder, Grace’s employer and adversary. Thirteen CCM students with majors ranging from Musical Theater to Nursing are involved in the production, according to Donahue.
The “Radium Girls” were factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning when exposed to the luminous paint used to make watch faces glow. Donahue says the cast and crew are excited to share their interpretation of the story. “What I am looking forward to most is the thrill of a full live theatre,” he says. “There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing your cast thrive off of the energy of an invested audience.”
Also appearing in this performance are Emily Larsen from Pequannock, Jaclyn Lenox from Bridgewater, Alyssa Hopkins from Belvidere, Jacob Wood from Dover, Madison Jones from Wharton, Viviana Wadleigh from Rockaway, Madisyn Mammon from Budd Lake, Hallie Schiavo from Jefferson, Natalie Vega from Flanders, Serena “Vizzy” Vizueta from Roxbury, and Mardoche Aly from Livingston.
General Admission is $15. Tickets for CCM students, alumni, children under 12, and seniors 62 and over are $10. For more information and to purchase online, visit https://bookstore.ccm.edu/current-shows/. Masks are required for everyone who comes to campus and social distancing guidelines are in place.
|Event Date||10-22-2021 7:00 pm|
|Location||County College of Morris|