Notre Dame’s ‘Radium Girls’ performers move on

Notre Dame theatre qualifies for Feb. 8 regional competition after MIFA district event in Clinton Township.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, at Clintondale High School, the troupe of Notre Dame students who performed "Radium Girls," NDPMA's entry in this year's Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association competition, earned a third-place district finish, which qualifies them for the upcoming regional event next month.

According to Meredith Scott, NDPMA's theatre director, the student-actors made her very proud.

"The kids did great," she said. "They received 257 out of a possible 300 points and were only 11 points behind first place, which went to Avondale High School. Our kids also brought home some individual awards at Saturday's competition." (see below)

Notre Dame competes in the studio production category, which features black-box style performances that focus on costumes and acting. Saturday at Clintondale High School, ND Prep was up against Clintondale High School, University Prep, Woodhaven and Avondale. 

"Regionals will be at Avondale High School on February 8," Scott added. "Our performance time is 3 p.m. in their auditorium. We will find out after that event whether or not we quality for states to be held at Woodhaven High School on Feb. 15 and 16."

MIFA Excellent Awards:
Acting – Luigi Chirco ('19)
Acting – Grace Mersino ('19)
Properties design – Olivia Wood ('21) and Hallie Kohler ('21)
Ensemble acting – Radium Girls: Abigail Kot ('19), Devon Silver ('21), Clare Hampel ('20)
Sound design – Mikaela Crute ('19) and Kate Dooley ('21)
Makeup and Hair Design – Lucas Husch ('21)

MIFA Superior Award: 
Costumes: Koi Edwards ('21)

The next Notre Dame performance of "Radium Girls" is Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. in the Notre Dame cafetorium. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

More on "Radium Girls": It's 1926. Radium is a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage. Until the girls who paint those watch dials begin to die. Based on the true story of the women and men who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation in Orange, N.J., and originally written for nine actors who double into 38 different roles. "Radium Girls" is a fast-paced stage play. A wry examination of the commercialization of science and the twin American obsessions with the pursuit of health and wealth makes this original drama from D.W. Gregory a continually relevant and entertaining choice for production.

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