The Radium Girls

Kelly McKenney

Kelly McKenney

Kelly McKenney, Staff Writer

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Jenison thespians performed the 1926 outbreak of the newly discovered element: Radium. The actors and actresses accurately portrayed the struggle for justice to avenge the victims who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation.

Discovered by Madame Curie, radium was supposedly a miracle cure for illness, as well as a beauty product making people look younger. Radium was also used to create glow in the dark watches for those who were in the war. The workers were required to put the radium paint in their mouths when they licked their paint brushes for a finer point to paint the watches. It soon caused the women’s teeth to decay, along with their jaw, and ultimately ended in their demise.

The thespians did an amazing job showing the emotion of each individual character involved in the situation. A chilling addition to the play included the women who died in the process, to walk around the stage with ghostly veils, which many say added more emotion and creepiness to the story. It was overall a very successful play, that took hard work and dedication from the actors and crew members.

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