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CFCC Theatre Takes the Stage This Fall with “These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich

These Shining Lives
WILMINGTON, NC — CFCC’s Department of Arts & Humanities is pleased to present this year’s fall play production, “These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich. CFCC students, faculty, and staff will take the Wilson Center Studio Theater stage November 11-13 and 18-20, 2021, at 8 p.m.

CFCC’s Theatre Program Chair Jessica Gaffney said the students, faculty, and staff are excited to perform inside this year following last year’s outdoor performance due to the pandemic.

“It is so great to be back indoors for this year’s production of “These Shining Lives!” While we are still being safe, it’s great to be able to have a set, real lighting, and sound this semester,” shared fine arts student, Jordan Dively who will serve as the prop master for the production. “The minimalist set design by Mr. Lishner will allow the incredibly talented cast to shine. Everyone has put a ton of work and care into this show and I cannot wait to see everything come together for opening night.”

“These Shining Lives” chronicles the strength and determination of four women who worked for the Radium Dial Company and were considered expendable in their day.

“Though the play focuses on the Radium Girls of the early 20th Century, these issues are still relevant today,” noted Gaffney. “Especially as we see workers in a variety of industries strike.”

Theatre Instructor Benjamin Lishner leads the production of “These Shining Lives” serving as director and scenic designer. CFCC alumnus Delaney Golden serves as the costume designer for the production.

About “These Shining Lives”

“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 of radium poisoning and the watch company they work for knowingly exposed their employees to radiation. This is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as these women refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits – or endanger the lives of those who come after them.


Tickets for this show are $12 for the general public, $10 for CFCC faculty and staff, and $5 for students.

Tickets are available at or over the phone at 910-362-7999 .

Get Your Tickets

The audience will be limited to 30 tickets per performance.

Further Guidelines

  • Parking is free in the Hanover Student Parking Deck
  • Masks are required for the audience. Actors will wear face shields.
  • Audience vaccination is strongly encouraged

Learn more about CFCC’s Associate in Fine Arts – Theatre Program at .