Ferrum College Summer Theatre will present three performances of The Radium Girls: May 28 at 7 p.m.; May 29 at 7 p.m.; and May 30 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in the College’s Black Box Theatre on the first floor of Schoolfield Hall in Sale Theatre, 305 State Route 602, Ferrum. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and non-Ferrum College students. Performances are free to all Ferrum College faculty, staff, and students. Click here to learn more and reserve tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-radium-girls-tickets-59598353279.
The Radium Girls is based on a true story set in 1926 when luminous watches, painted with radium, were the latest rage. Dial painter Grace Fryer witnesses the girls who painted the watches become ill with mysterious diseases and eventually connects the strange symptoms to radium. Grace faces her former employer Arthur Roeder in a court battle with the hope of protecting the watch painters, and finds herself in opposition with the U.S. Radium Corporation, as well as her own family and friends. The Daily Record notes: “Radium Girls may speak to our collective capacity for denial. But it also celebrates our individual courage.”