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Auditions: These Shining Lives

MAC Theater Auditions

Saturday, August 5, 10:00am-12:00pm
Sunday, August 6, 5:00-7:00pm

These Shining Lives

Written by Melanie Marnich
Directed by Pippa Asker

Eight Performance dates:
October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 2023
Evening shows begin at 7:30pm while Sunday matinees begin at 2:00pm

Main Roles
4 female – age range 20-40
1 male – age range 25-35
1 male – age range 25-65

Secondary Roles
There are several additional, small male roles which can be divided among the 2 male characters (above), or among an additional 1-2 male actors (age range 25-65), depending upon actor availability.

These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of four women considered expendable in their day. The beauty of Catherine and her friends’ relationship with one another and with those they love, is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits — or endanger the lives of those who come after them.


Catherine Donahue – (20s or 30s) – A 19-year-old homemaker who develops into a fighter as the story unfolds.

Charlotte Purcell – (20s or 30s) – The leader of the Radium Dial group; outgoing, outspoken, tends to hide her tender heart.

Frances O’Connell: (20s-40s) – The kind, level-headed “moral backbone” of the Radium Dial group.

Pearl Payne – (20s-30s) – The jokester of the group, Pearl brings innocence and joy to the Radium girls. Pearl sings briefly.

Tom Donahue – (20s-30s) Catherine’s husband. Steel worker, very much in love with his wife.

Mr. Reed – (20s-60s) Foreman overseeing the woman at Radium Dial.

Smaller roles include:

Atty. Leonard Grossman / Company Doctor / Radio Announcer / Dr. Dalitsch / Dr. Rowntree (male roles 20s-60s). These roles are vital to the story but require fewer memorized lines. One or two additional actors may double up on the parts.

Cast read-through the week of August 7 with 3 weekly rehearsals beginning the following week.

Please contact director Pippa Asker with any questions at

  •  August 5, 2023
     10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  •  August 6, 2023
     5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Venue Phone: 508-748-1266

80 Pleasant Street, Marion, Massachusetts, 02738, United States

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