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Sleepy Hollow Players Return To Live In-Person Performances With Radium Girls

 

On Friday, November 19th and Saturday the 20th, Sleepy Hollow High School Players put on two performances of Radium Girls. The show, which featured a cast of fifteen students, was directed by Peter Kennedy, who has now helmed thirteen performances for the Players. After staging remote performances last school year due to COVID-19, it was incredibly exciting for both the cast and the audience to return to the theater.

Having students back on stage was truly a breath of fresh air,” said Mr. Kennedy. “It’s crucial for these young actors to have this creative outlet and to have the opportunity to feed off of each other's energy and creativity.”

Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls chronicles the struggle of Grace Fryer, a watch dial painter, as she fights for justice for workers who fell ill due to the harmful effects of the radium contained in the watches’ glowing paint. This two-act play, written by D.W. Gregory, combines warmth and humor with an unflinching look at the American obsession with the commercialization of science. Mr. Kennedy chose this play to stage because despite taking place in the 1920s, its themes remain relevant today.

Both performances of the show were very well-attended, and the actors had a wonderful time being on stage in front of an audience again.

"I was a member of the Drama Club in middle school and have participated in theater for a few years now, and I absolutely love it!” said Clio Siegel, a SHHS freshman and aspiring actor who played Mrs. Fryer and the Venecine Salesman. “It's amazing to be part of this cast and perform on this stage."

“I’m so glad we got to do this in person,” said another student, Temper Paine, who was the stage manager for Radium Girls. “I feel like I’m back with my people!”