'These Shining Lives' on tap this week at NHS

’These Shining Lives’ on tap this week at NHS
Posted on 11/12/2019
’These Shining Lives’ on tap this week at NHS

Nacogdoches High School Theatre is putting on its production of “These Shining Lives,” a drama rooted in history, telling the true story of four women poisoned during the 1920s while painting a radium compound on to watch faces.

“These Shining Lives” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, and Friday, Nov. 15, at the Nacogdoches High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The women depicted in the play worked for Radium Dial Co., a firm that used paint containing a radium mixture – applied directly by workers – to make clock and watch faces glow in the dark.

The play outlines the women’s battle with deteriorating health as well as their employer. The women ultimately win a lawsuit against Radium Dial just days before Catherine Donohue – the lead role in the play and portrayed by NHS senior Lexie Weems – succumbs to her illness.

In addition to Weems, the full cast includes Liane Muir as Frances, Shelby Schmid as Charlotte and Mackenzie Taylor as Pearl.

Also, Steven Fuss as Tom Donohue, Adrian Pitts as Rufus Reed, Chris Lymbery as Leonard Grossman, Lillian Williams as Dr. Rowntree and Joshua Hall as Dr. Dalitsch.

Also, Michelle Coffee as radio announcer and child, Mae Johnson and Emma Milstead as reporters, and Daniel Gomez as judge.

Nelli Garduno serves as stage manager, Gracie O’Dell is assistant stage manager, D.J. Franklin is operating the lights, Emmanuel Gomez is operating sound, Grant Leonard oversees backstage lights and Garrett Schmid is the slide operator.

The backstage crew includes Jocelyn Spies, Max Weems, Leo Gomez and Charlotte Bradford. Hair, makeup and costume crew includes Johnny Bean, Katelyn Phillips, Ashlynn Lowe and Allison Holmes.

Victoria Perry is the theatre teacher at Nacogdoches High School and serves as director of “These Shining Lives” along with Kat Broadway, a student teacher. NHS art teacher Amanda Heron serves as tech director.

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