Radium Girls

Ages 14-19
Rehearsals: June 17-21 from 8:45 to 6 p.m. at the CYT Studios
Performances: June 22 at 2 & 7 p.m. and June 23 at 2 p.m. at MNU Sunderland Black Box Theatre
Auditions: May 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the CYT Studios
Callbacks: May 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the CYT Studios
 
In addition, we ask that campers make every effort to attend the following dates —
Read Through: June 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Costume Parade: June 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 
In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage — until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court for justice that would forever change U.S. labor laws. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire, as well as corporations that tried to keep Grace and the other girls silent. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece for 9 to 10 actors, who play more than 30 parts—friends, co-workers, loved-ones, relatives, attorneys, scientists, consumer advocates, and myriad interested bystanders. Called a "powerful" and "engrossing" drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.
 
One parent (or adult family representative) of each camper is required to volunteer as part of a Parent Production Team.

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Auditions:

Register for this camp if you are planning to audition for Radium Girls.
You must audition and be cast to attend this camp. After casting, you will be charged the full amount of the camp - $310.
 
Auditions will be held on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and callbacks will be held on May 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. Both will occur at the CYT Studios (6800 W. 153rd St. Suite A).

Audition Information:
Each person auditioning will perform a memorized monologue from Radium Girls, which are posted below. If you are invited to the callback audition, expect to stay the entire time.

View the Radium Girls audition monologues HERE

Audition Tips:
CYT does require that the monologues to be memorized. 

Be as familiar with the play and the characters as is possible! You can find a copy of the script online. Since this play is based on actual events, do your research into this piece of history.

Be confident — even if you have never done this before, walk into the audition as if you own the place. But also be humble!

Make bold choices — you need to show us your stuff.  Don’t just stand and read. Always wait for the director to signal you to start.  You begin by introducing yourself and your audition pieces. We realize that virtually everyone is doing the same pieces, but it is good practice to do the introduction the right way.

Don’t look at the directors when you are auditioning. They are not your scene partner. Pick a spot just over their shoulder in which to focus.

You will be nervous. That is a good thing. The key is to channel your nerves into good positive energy. It is important to remember that directors want you to be great.

Have fun!! Remember that God is always with you!!!

Don’t look at the directors when you are auditioning. They are not your scene partner. Pick a spot just over their shoulder in which to focus.

You will be nervous. That is a good thing. The key is to channel your nerves into good positive energy. It is important to remember that directors want you to be great.

Have fun!! Remember that God is always with you!!!

Video Submissions: In person auditions are strongly encouraged for the benefit of both you and our directing teams, however, we understand families sometimes have conflicts with our audition dates. If you would like to submit a video audition, you may film a video of your student  performing one of the provided monologues (posted on this page by early April). The audition video should be emailed to campcoordinator@cytkc.org no later than May 4 by 12:00 noon. 

Character Breakdown (some actors will play numerous parts!):

Grace Fryer: A top-notch dial painter. 15 at the start, 26 at the play’s end. A deeply sincere woman, she is always concerned with doing what’s right. At the start of the play, she, like almost everyone else, believes in the great goodness of science, but through the course of the play, she faces the trials of questioning what goodness really is as she suffers through her illness inflicted by the radium paint she
worked with.
Kathryn Schaub: Grace’s friend, another dial painter. A friend of Grace, she is the dreamiest and most romantic of the three girls, always filled with ideas of love. Kathryn is the first to really sense the danger
they’re all in, and becomes truly afraid. As her own illness progresses, she becomes more and more cynical, believing that people will do and say anything, except what’s right.
 Irene Rudolph: Kathryn’s cousin, is age 17 at the start of the play. Later, she is in her 20s. She is the more pragmatic of the three girls – down-to-earth, straightforward, almost cynical, and sometimes tactlessly blunt. She is the first of the three dial painter girls to die.
Mrs. Alma McNeil: The dial painters’ supervisor and possibly Irish. She is a hard woman who is concerned with her work and its quality, likely to a fault.
Arthur Roeder: President of the U.S. Radium Corp. He is age 34 at the start of the play, and 65 at its close. It is when he takes over the company that the switch from dial painting to more medical pursuits is made. He is a husband, and a father, and a good man, believing that what he is doing is the right thing (he views Knef’s offer to be immoral), and the greatness of the American Dream.
 Edward Markle: Lawyer for the company. He works as counsel for the U.S. Radium Corp. He’s a calm, rational, matter-of-fact sort of man. Though when threatened or in the face of danger, he can be cold, very cold.
C.B. (Charlie) Lee: Vice president, later president of the company. He is a true businessman, concerned most of all by the good of the company and the company’s purpose: to sell watches.
Dr. Von Sochocky: Founder of the U.S. Radium Corp., inventor of the luminous paint. When the girls all get sick, he is burdened with guilt, so he offers to testify for them. He himself gets sick from the radiation; with the girls, it was in their jaws, for him, it’s in his hands
Tom Kreider: Grace’s fiancé and a postal worker. Though he is somewhat concerned about money (certainly not to the extent of Grace’s mother), he is more concerned with getting married to Grace and starting a life with her.
Diane Roeder: Married to Arthur Roeder. She enjoys being the wife of a company president, and because she cares about her husband, she cares about the company. She believes in the good that her husband is able to do.
Harriet Roeder: Daughter of Arthur and Diane. Age 9 at the beginning of the play, and later in her 30s, telling her father how he needs to find a hobby and forget the past.
Anna Fryer: Grace’s mother and the mother of many other children. She is a pragmatic woman, concerned with finances and all things practical.
Katherine Wiley: Executive director of the New Jersey Consumer’s League. She is a strong-willed woman with moral fiber and works to help Grace go to trial against the U.S. Radium corp.
Raymond Berry: An attorney for the dial painters. He is generally concerned about the welfare of the girls, to the point of disagreeing with Ms. Wiley’s tactic of using journalism and public sympathy for reform.
Dr. Cecil Drinker: A Harvard industrial hygienist.
Dr. Harrison Martland: The county medical examiner.
Dr. Joseph Knef: Irene’s dentist then Grace’s. He is the one to advise Grace to go to the company for help on the grounds that the company should feel obligated to help, that there’s a moral obligation. Later, he tries to make a deal with the company to come up with “favorable diagno[ses]” for any of the factory girls who come to see him.
Dr. Marie Curie: Is Polish by birth (she has the Polish accent). She is credited with the “discovery” of radium.
Frederick Flinn Ph.D.: An industrial hygienist from Columbia University. He/she is a fifty-something academic, warm and friendly. Works in physiology at Columbia University, industrial hygiene. He tells Grace that the radium has nothing to do with her ailment, but he is working for the company.
Reporter (Jack/Jane Youngwood): A reporter from the Newark Ledger. He/She, like the Sob Sister, follows the story of the “Radium Girls” and gives them publicity. He is perhaps a little more dignified in his journalism than the Sob Sister.
Sob Sister (Nancy Jane Harlan): A tabloid reporter from the New York Graphic. She follows the story of the “Radium Girls” and gives them publicity, though the presentation of her stories tend to be a little more scandalous and outrageous.
William J.A. Bailey: An entrepreneur, manufacturer of Radithor.
Mrs. Michaels: A consumer of Radithor.
Society Woman: Mrs. James (Cora) Middleton, a well-bred woman.
Clerk: An over-worked public employee.

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