By Monica Nadon
contributing writer 

THS Drama Club presents 'Radium Girls'


October 28, 2023

Monica Nadon.

Irene, Grace, and Katherine, friends and dial painters at the U.S. Radium Corporation, goofing off while painting their lips with the radium-laced paint. From left to right: Aubrie Hernandez as Irene, Kiya Monaè as Grace, and Eleana Sanchez as Katherine.

The Tehachapi High School Drama Club presents "Radium Girls" by D.W. Gregory and directed by guest director, Liz Tiede. This play takes place in 1920s New Jersey. Radium Girls is a historical play about a young Grace Fryer who is just trying to get justice for her fellow dial painters in a world where women's voices don't get heard, their sickness doesn't get seen and their impact on the world would have never been felt if not for her.

"Through this play I have discovered the unique and exclusive culture of theater," said Kiya Monaè, who plays the lead role of Grace Fryer. "The community I have encountered these last few months has been one where communication, creativity and self-expression thrives. The show, 'Radium Girls,' is a touching tale that allows the girls of the time to finally tell their stories. It's an emotional rollercoaster that has made me laugh, cry and yell in rehearsals. Knowing that the suffering of the radium girls will not be forgotten or lost in time because of performances like ours is an honor."

The production of "Radium Girls" includes the talents of Lei Kirk, Kiya Monaè, Eleana Sanchez, LaKiyah Allen-Jackson-Mitchell, Amber McNutt, Aubrie Hernandez, Tobey Diamond, Kenzie Jackson, Haven Morris, Joey Davila, Amy Statom, Clowie Haman, Rae Ambos, Lillian O'Brien, Clouey Echols, Bella Genardini, Maliya Snyder, Shayna Renfro, Eli Martin, Katelyn Gockel and Xavier Honeycutt.

Performance Dates: Thursday, Nov. 2; Friday, Nov. 3; and Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. with an additional matinee on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m., at the Tehachapi High School Drama Room located at 801 S. Dennison Rd.

Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Tehachapi High School Drama Website at or at the door. Tickets will be $10 for General Admission, or $8 with an ASB card.

Doors will open 30 minutes before the show. Please park in the cafeteria parking lot but make sure to give yourself enough time beforehand to follow the signs to the Drama Room.


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