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Winter Play Auditions Next Week!

Radium Girls, by D. W. Gregory, tells the story of the women who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation in the 1920’s. The workers of the factory were responsible for working with and handling radium as they painted radium-laced glow in the dark paint on the dials of watches. The women were told that the radium was safe and, in order to paint the fine detail on the dials, they were instructed to point their brushes between their lips because rags wasted too much paint and time. Meanwhile, as factory owners and scientists, who were familiar with the effects of radium, took precautions to protect themselves against harmful radiation, the women who worked for the company started to get ill and die. The play focuses on Grace Fryer (a dial painter) and her efforts to take the U.S. Radium Corporation to court. The show is dramatic, but written with humor. It provokes thought and sheds light on matters of equity, commercialization of science, and trading human rights for financial profit. It is a very timely piece and a great opportunity for actors to develop character. There is a cast of 5 female and 5 male actors.


  • Monday 12/20 from 6-8 PM in the Blackbox
  • Wednesday 12/22 from 3-5 PM in the Blackbox

Select one of the audition times. We will provide audition material on the day of the auditions. There is nothing you need to prepare. Let us know in advance which day you plan to come by filling out the AUDITION FORM (Links to an external site.). You can change your day, we just want to know who to expect for planning purposes.  

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The Show Must Go On(line)!

This year’s Algonquin Musical is going virtual and inspired the title, THE SHOW MUST GO ON(LINE)! Please support the ARHS Dramahawks by tuning in to our free show December 10 and 11 at 7pm by registering in advance at register.dramahawks.com

The 2020 performance is an eclectic mix of music, dance and monologues that highlight resilience, strength and courage. Over 40 students are involved as actors, singers, dancers, instrumentalists, and tech crew. In these uncertain times, we must find ways to cope, create, and do the things we love. Each piece of the performance is selected because it reflects the many ways humans find to persevere.