Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Ellis Ebell
Production Coordinator: Brian Christopher
Silent Sky is WLT’s entry in the 2018 Victorian Drama League Awards.
Sunday 6 May at 2.00pm
Monday 7 May at 7.00pm
Venue: Williamstown Little Theatre, 2 Albert St, Williamstown
6 – 22 September 2018
Note: 16 performances Tuesdays-Sundays, with an early matinee to be scheduled on a Saturday or Sunday.
Auditions by appointment only.
To book an audition or for further information or enquiry about obtaining a script, contact Ellis Ebell on : firstname.lastname@example.org or 0417 393 296.
* Audition scenes will be available at the auditions, please arrive 15 minutes early to familiarise yourself with the reading.
* Auditionees are requested to bring a completed audition form (download from www.wlt.org.au/auditions) together with a non returnable headshot.
Almost a century before the Academy Award nominated film Hidden Figures, astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt and her female colleagues at Harvard Observatory acted as ‘human computers’, using maths and measurement to chart the skies without ever being allowed to touch a telescope – a task prohibited to women at the turn of the 20th century!
Silent Sky explores the life and career of Henrietta Swan Leavitt as she fearlessly asserts herself in the male-dominated world of early astronomy. Her story plays out against a landscape of early feminism and universe-revealing science, reminding us of what can be achieved when we allow curiosity and wonder into our lives.
Note: American accents required for all roles except Williamina who has a Scottish accent.
Henrietta Swan Leavitt, 30’s, brilliant, meticulous, determined and confident. She’s
also partially deaf and wears a hearing aid most of the time.
Margaret Leavitt, 30’s, homebody, creative, sweet, religious, dedicated to her family.
Needs to be able to ‘hold a tune’.
Annie Cannon, 40’s, work colleague of Henrietta and leader of ‘the girls’. She’s
abrupt but supportive of her team. She gets involved with the suffragette movement.
Williamina Fleming, 50’s, work colleague, quick witted, fun, warm and caring.
Peter Shaw, 30’s, supervisor of the women, has an awkwardness about him when
dealing with the women and they take advantage of this. He develops a romantic
relationship with Henrietta.
Note: WLT is a community theatre and as such does not pay actors