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Area students cast in 'Radium Girls' at UW-Whitewater
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WHITEWATER - Two area students have been cast in roles in "Radium Girls," a production that tells the true story of the young women who worked at the United States Radium Factory at the height of World War I.

The production, which opened Tuesday, begins at 7:30 p.m. every night through Saturday at the Barnett Theatre in the Greenhill Center of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Makenzie Smith, a senior theatre major from Monroe, performs as Kathryn. Christopher James, a senior general management and theatre major from Argyle, performs as Bailey, Dr. Drinker, Male Shopper, Lovesick Cowboy, Board #1, and understudy for Roeder.

The production follows the factory girls who worked at the United States Radium Factory in Orange, New Jersey, at the height of World War I. The women were hired to paint soldiers' watches with glow-in-the-dark, radium-based paint. When the girls became sick from radium poisoning, people called for justice. This relatively new play is presented in the style of Living Newspaper, a unique style of theatre that is presented in the way a newspaper would be. For more information and tickets, visit