Students Shine in Spring Play

Olivet presents ‘These Shining Lives’
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Hannah Priest

February 21, 2020 Arts & Music

UPDATE: The performances of this show were unfortunately cancelled due to changes in campus operations because of COVID-19

Olivet Nazarene University’s Department of Theatre invites you to consider the value of time in the student directed production of These Shining Lives


These Shining Lives is based on the true story of the women who worked for the Radium Dial company in Ottawa, Illinois, in the 1920s. The story follows the lives of four women who paint watch faces in a factory at a time when having females in the workplace was uncommon.

“For us as directors, this story emphasizes the value of the time we are given and the importance of investing that precious time not in material possessions, but in one’s legacy and the relationships that mean the most,” says student directors, seniors Amanda Durbin and Samantha Shepherd. 

Show times are Thursday, Mar. 26, at 7pm; Friday, Mar. 27, at 7pm; Saturday, Mar. 28, at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are available at

The following is the cast list for the production: 
Rachel Hughes – a senior Spanish and communication studies double major with a concentration in theatre
Sam Durnil – a junior public relations and corporate communication double major with a theatre minor
Lucas White – a junior multimedia communication major with a concentration in film
Marcella Axelrad – a senior art major with a marketing minor
Autumn Bentz – a junior psychology and communication studies double major with a psychology teaching minor
Paige Alkire – a junior psychology major with a fashion merchandising minor
Brady Jones – a sophomore multimedia communication major with a concentration in film studies
Anthony (Fes) Reynel-Hernandez – a sophomore education major with minors in creative writing and ESL
Hunter Overholt – a junior multimedia communication major with an emphasis in tv/video production
Jonathan Bowen – a sophomore music ministry major
Liliann Gaspar – a senior psychology major
Aubrey Thomson – a senior multimedia communication major with minors in writing and English

Tickets are available online at or by calling 815-939-5110.

To learn more about Olivet’s Department of Theatre, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.

Published 2/21/20
Updated 3/17/20

Hannah Priest headshot

Hannah Priest

Hannah Priest ’21/’22 MBA is passionate about people and sharing their stories. After graduating from Olivet with a degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communications, she has found much joy in serving as the associate director of Alumni and University Relations at Olivet and a freelance writer. In her role, she has the ability to celebrate the accomplishments of those in the Olivet community and share stories of their meaningful experiences from their time at ONU and beyond. Outside of her work at Olivet, she is also a feature editor for SPLENDEUR magazine, an up-and-coming small business aimed at encouraging, equipping and empowering women to find their God-given purpose in whatever season of life they are in.

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