Springhouse Theatre Company

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These Shining Lives

By: Melanie Marnich

THESE SHINING LIVES chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs 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.

This production will be socially distanced with assigned seating and masks will be required.

Performance Dates:

  • April 23, 7:30 PM
  • April 24, 7:30 PM
  • April 25, 3:30 PM
  • April 30, 7:30 PM
  • May 1, 7:30 PM
  • May 2, 3:30 PM

Announcing new dates for Springhouse Theatre Company!

After careful consideration, we have decided to move the entire 2020-2021 season to the 2021-2022 season. Previously-purchased season tickets will be honored and you can contact us with any questions.

Performances and dates are as follows:

  • Mark Twain Presents The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: June 18-20 & 25-27, 2021
  • The Music Man: September 10-11, 17-18 & 25-26, 2021
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: December 3-5 & 10-11, 2021
  • The Importance of Being Earnest: February 12-13, 18-19 & 25-27, 2022
  • Anne of Green Gables: April 15-16, 22-23, 28-30, & May 1, 2022

We are thankful for your patience though these ambiguous times and are very much looking forward to seeing you in person soon.



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Casting Call: These Shining Lives

We are pleased to announce virtual auditions for THESE SHINING LIVES. This will be a socially distanced Springhouse Theatre Blackbox production to be performed on the Springhouse Theatre main stage.

Show Dates: April 23, 24, 25, 30, May 1, 2

Springhouse Theatre Blackbox presents a socially distant performance of THESE SHINING LIVES.

For virtual auditions, fill out the form below and email your headshot, resume, and sides to Charlotte Myhre Shealy at charlotteimyhre@gmail.com.

  • Women, read and record sides labeled TSL – Actress and TSL – Actor/Actress
  • Men, read and record sides labeled TSL – Actor and TSL – Actor/Actress

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Auditions are due by February 14, 2021.

Plot: THESE SHINING LIVES is based on the true story of the women of The Radium Dial Company and their fight. In the 1920’s, young women looking for work were swept up in the glamour of becoming a dial painter or “a ghost girl.” The girls were well paid and they left working glowing. The women never suspected the hidden dangers of their work. In spite of the companies attempt to discredit the claims of radium poisoning, the women are determined to fight for justice.


  • CATHERINE DONOHUE – Age 18-30’s. A confident, young wife and mother. She insists her job is temporary, but she loves it. Above all she is a fighter.
  • FRANCES – Age 18-30’s. A sweet, modest dial painter. She takes care of her crew at work, has a keen ear for gossip, always has her ear to the ground.
  • CHARLOTTE – Age 18-30’s. A tough and competitive woman. She works very hard, always has a comeback, and has a secret soft side.
  • PEARL – Age 18-30’s. A cute, quirky dial painter. She is always ready with a joke and doesn’t want to cause a stir.
  • TOM DONOHUE – (also plays Dr. Rowntree and Dr. Dalitsch) Age 18-30’s. Young, hardworking husband and father. He is head-over-heels for his wife but is somewhat troubled that she is working.
  • MR. REED – (also plays Radio Announcer, Company Doctor, Judge, and Leonard Grossman) Any age. He is the charismatic floor supervisor of the Radium Dial Company. Although he is invested in his workers and even considers them friends, he knows more than appears and does nothing to help.

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2019 - 2020 Season

2019 - 2020 Season

  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Trouble With Love
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Rescheduled)
    • November 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15

2018 - 2019 Season

2018 - 2019 Season

  • Mary Poppins
  • Sanders Family Christmas
  • Over the River and Through the Woods
  • The Curious Savage

2017 - 2018 Season

2017 - 2018 Season

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Smoke on the Mountain
  • Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
  • Arsenic and Old Lace

2016 - 2017 Season

2016 - 2017 Season

  • Oklahoma!
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Little Women
  • A Murder is Announced

2015 - 2016 Season

2016 - 2017 Season

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Jane Austen's Emma
  • Tom Sawyer

2014 – 2015 Season

  • Singin' in the Rain
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Sabrina Fair
  • The Giver

2013 – 2014 Season

  • Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • The Miracle Worker

2012 – 2013 Season

  • Man of LaMancha
  • The 39 Steps
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Last Train to Nibroc
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

2011 – 2012 Season

  • Annie
  • The Boys Next Door
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Leaving Iowa

2010 – 2011 Season

  • The Sound of Music
  • A Christmas Carol
  • A Mid Summer Night's Dream
  • Shadowlands
  • Steel Magnolias

2009 – 2010 Season

  • My Fair Lady
  • It's a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play
  • Father of the Bride
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Rainmaker

2008 – 2009 Season

  • The Music Man
  • It's a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Twelve Angry Men
  • God's Favorite

2007 – 2008 Season

  • Guys and Dolls
  • Little Women
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • The Mousetrap
  • You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

2006 – 2007 Season

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Wait Until Dark
  • You Can't Take it With You

2005 – 2006 Season

  • Man of LaMancha
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • She Stoops to Conquer
  • God's Man in Texas
  • Tom Sawyer (Salt Shaker Production)

2004 – 2005 Season

  • You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • The Crucible
  • The Matchmaker
  • Anne of Green Gables (Salt Shaker Production)

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