The historical drama “Radium Girls” will open the MLS Theatre Company’s 2017-2018 season.
Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9, 10, 17, and 18 at the Amherst Steele High School cafetorium, 450 Washington St.
By 1918, radium was a miracle cure and scientist Marie Curie was a national celebrity. Radium was put in everything from a “health elixir” called RadiThor to a mixture of paint to make luminous watches and clocks that glowed in the dark.
These watches were being used by soldiers in World War I and demand was high. Teenage girls were hired to paint the watches for the Radium Corporation in Orange, N.J., and the job earned them prestige.
It came with a price. They glowed like ghosts as they walked home at night from the radium dust on their clothes and skin. Like china painters, they used their mouths to get a fine point on their brushes, which caused the girls to ingest some of the radium. The company told them radium would make them look younger but after a few years they all started having issues with their mouths and anemia. One by one, they became ill and died painful deaths.
“Radium Girls” tells the story of how these amazing girls fought day in and day out to find out why they were sick, and then when radiation poisoning was finally named the culprit, their fight turned against the company that not only failed to protect them but had repeatedly covered up the dangerous effects of radium.
Due to the subject matter, children five and under will not be permitted at the performance.
Tickets are $5 for thespians, senior citizens, and students; and $10 for general admission. The box office doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be pre-sold during lunch period at the high school. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.amherstk12.org/schools/steele/departments/theatre.
Priority reserved seating is available in the front row for an additional $5 or in the second row for an additional $3.
A dinner theater will be held Nov. 11 with dinner at 5 p.m. and the play at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.
A “Bring a Can to Move a Can” opportunity will be offered at every performance. For every canned good donated, you will receive a raffle ticket to win two front row seats for that night’s show. All food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.
For Information, contact Joann Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.