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Audtions for 'Silent Sky'

Author: Lauren Gunderson
Director: Ellis Ebell

Enquiries: Before 15 May: 
After 15 May:

Characters Summary: 3F (30's, 40's, 50's) 
1 M (30s)

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. 

Precast Characters: none

Audition Venue: Williamstown Little Theatre 
2 Albert Street, Williamstown

Theatre: Williamstown Little Theatre 
2 Albert Street, Williamstown

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Synopsis: 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. 

Other Information: American accents required for all roles except Williamina who has a Scottish accent. 

Auditions by appointment only. To book an audition or for further information, including obtaining a copy of the script, contact: 
Before 15 May Ellis Ebell or 0417 393 296 
After 15 May : Brian Christopher or 0458 134 469 

Audition scenes will be available at the auditions, please arrive 15 minutes before to familiarise yourself with the reading. 

Auditionees required to bring completed audition form downloaded from together with non returnable headshot.


Sunday 1 July, 2018
Monday 2 July, 2018
Williamstown Little Theatre
Venue Address
2/4 Albert St, Williamstown VIC 3016, Australia

Victoria, Williamstown