Wednesday, March 9 from 7:00 – 9:00PM
Thursday, March 10 from 7:00 – 9:00PM
All roles are open. Please sign up for an audition slot by clicking the link below. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. You may prepare a brief monologue if you like. Call backs, if necessary, will be on Saturday, March 12. Rehearsals will begin the week of March 14. The show runs May 6 – 21, 2022. Auditioners are asked to bring a list of conflicts from March 14 through May 21. The show will be directed by Ryan Bergeron. No equity contracts are available for this production.
This historical drama by Lauren Gunderson is based on the true story of Henrietta Leavitt. The play is set in the early 1900s at the Harvard Observatory. As a woman, Leavitt is not allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.
As of November 1st, 2021, Broadview Heights Spotlights requires all volunteers, actors, and production staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to auditions in order to be involved in any production. Please bring proof of vaccination to auditions along with a headshot and resume if you have them.
Please also note that it is Spotlights policy to wear a face mask while in the building unless you are actively performing or auditioning. Removal of your mask while auditioning is at the discretion of the director.
Additional questions may be emailed to the director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Henrietta Leavitt: 30s, brilliant, meticulous, excited — almost always wearing a hearing-aid.
- Margaret Leavitt: 30s, homebody, creative, sweet, sister.
- Peter Shaw: 30s, the head astronomer’s apprentice . . . and the man.
- Annie Cannon: 40s, the leader, terse and sure, grows into a firebrand.
- Williamina Fleming: 50s, smart as a whip and fun, Scottish.
For More Information
- The Official Silent Sky Play Website
- “Henrietta Swan Leavitt” from Wikipedia
- “Henrietta Leavitt” from SheIsAnAstronomer.com
- Henrietta Swan Leavitt” from Encyclopedia Britannica
- “Henrietta Leavitt – Celebrating the Forgotten Astronomer” from The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
- “Before computers, there were these humans…” from The Christian Science Monitor
- “Henrietta Leavitt” from PBS’s A Science Odyssey
- “Meet Henrietta Leavitt, the woman who gave us a universal ruler” from Astronomy Magazine.
- Book: Miss Leavitt’s Stars by George Johnson. Available on Amazon.com