Fall Play Cast Announced


Bluffton to stage “These Shining Lives”

Tickets are available for Bluffton University’s production of “These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich.

Dr. Melissa Friesen, a professor and chair of communication and theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show, being staged at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in Ramseyer Auditorium in College Hall. Reserved tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens (65 and over) and non-Bluffton students. Tickets are available online at http://tickets.bluffton.edu or at the Marbeck Center information desk. For assistance with tickets, call the box office at 419-358-3239.

“These Shining Lives” is based on the true story of the women who worked at the Radium Dial Company in the 1920s and 30s. Set during a period when newly liberated women were entering the workforce, the play begins as the women get jobs painting the faces of watches and clocks at the Ottawa, Ill., factory with luminous paint. However, the paint is toxic, and unbeknownst to the women, their company has knowingly poisoned them. The emotional drama chronicles how the women, led by Catherine Donohue, set out to improve working conditions for future generations.

The major roles and participating students are as follows:

Catherine Donohue       Brianna Lugibihl ’17, Gomer, Ohio

Frances             Carrie Blust ’18, Sidney, Ohio

Charlotte           Brista Drake ’19, Richwood, Ohio

Pearl                  Emily Short ’17, Archbold, Ohio

Tom Donohue      Lucas Augustine ’17, Wawarsing, N.Y.

Mr. Reed           Ian Mount ’19, Wooster, Ohio

Leonard Grossman    Theran Carroll ’16, Elida, Ohio


John Eckenrode ’17, Oregon, Ohio is the stage manager. Mervin Schrock and Joan Bauer, both of Findlay, Ohio, are the technical director and costume designer, respectively.