WESTFIELD, NJ — The cast and crew of the Westfield High School Theatre Department’s production of “Radium Girls” have received eight nominations for Montclair State University’s “Foxy Awards” this year. 

The “Foxy Awards” are given out each year to recognize accomplishments in performance, design, technical production, and direction of high school theater productions in New Jersey.

“It’s always nice to have your work recognized, as well as the work of the entire cast and crew,” said nominee Sophie Tananbaum, a junior at Westfield High School.

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The nominations from Westfield are:

  • Sophie Tananbaum, for the Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama
  • Matthew Meixner, for the Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama
  • Remi Shendell, for the Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama
  • Finn McGurn, for the Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama
  • Outstanding Achievement in Stage DIrection
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
  • Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design
  • Outstanding Production of a Drama

This year is the first time the Westfield High School Theatre Department has received nominations for scenic design for a fall play, according to Scenic Designer Roy Chambers. 

This year’s set was significantly complex, according to Chambers, featuring a “rotating turntable, 16 feet wide, that rotated actors into place upstage to downstage” and a “6-foot wide clock with moving hands and digitally mapped color.”

“To be nominated was surprising, but it was really nice knowing that I did something good to portray someone that was a real person and that it made an impact on people’s minds,” said nominee Remi Shendell, a senior at Westfield High School.

Inspired by a true story, “Radium Girls” written by D.W. Gregory, tells the story of New Jersey factory women in the late 1920s who hand-painted luminous watch dials until they contracted radiation poisoning. The play traces the efforts of Grace Fryer (Tananbaum), a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court against factory owner and former employer, Arthur Roeder (Matthew Meixner).

The winners of the awards will be announced at a virtual ceremony hosted by Montclair State University on May 19.

Shreya Jyotishi is a freshman at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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