Auditions Silent Sky

by Lauren Gunderson

directed by Nancy Curran Willis

AUDITIONS: SUNDAY, May 19 6:30-10:30 MONDAY, May 20 7:00-10:30

CALLBACKS: If needed will be WEDNESDAY, May 22 2019

PERFORMANCES: September 27, 28 and October 4, 5, 6, 11, 12

Friday & Saturday Performances are at 8:00 PM, Sunday Matinee at 2:00 PM

TECH WEEK is September 20-26

REHEARSALS: First Read-Through: Monday, June 24th 7-10; Starting Monday, July 29 rehearsals will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 7pm – 10pm, with possible additional dates as needed. All auditions and rehearsals will be held at the QP Playhouse, 55 Hopkins St., Reading.

SYNOPSIS: Silent Sky tells the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a female astronomer, stuck in a man’s world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. She refuses to simply log stars photographed by men and begins the process of recording the changes in Cepheid stars – a scientific discovery that has a profound and lasting impact on the field of astronomy. Silent Sky is a powerful blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love where a passionate woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Bring head-shot and resume. Be prepared to give all conflicts during rehearsal period. NO CONFLICTS ACCEPTED AFTER CASTING.

Group readings from the script will be scheduled in 1-hour sessions. Sides will be provided upon sign-up. To sign up for an audition slot go to

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS: Ages listed below are approximate ages for the start of the play. We are in need of actors who can realistically portray these characters over the 20-year span of the play. Also looking for strong ensemble actors with a natural sense of humor and timing. The play is surprisingly funny; we are looking for actors who find that rhythm in their performance.

HENRIETTA LEAVITT (F, 30-39): Brilliant, determined, a dreamer, hard of hearing (wears a period hearing aid), has never much cared for the “status quo.”

MARGARET LEAVITT (F, 25 – 35): A homebody, genuine, sweet-natured, realist. She plays in her father’s church and stays behind while her sister, Henri goes off to Harvard. (Ability to sing and play the piano a plus.)

PETER SHAW (M, 30 – 39): The head astronomer’s apprentice, reserved, his views have never really been challenged prior to the events of the play. After a rough start, he and Henrietta fall in love. A brilliant mind but socially awkward. Much of the plays humor comes from watching this rather bumbling soul deal with these strong women.

ANNIE CANNON (F, 40 – 49): A leader, tough, sure, grows into a firebrand for the suffrage movement.

WILLIAMINA FLEMING (F, 45 – 59): Scottish, intelligent, witty, warm and outgoing, the first of her kind, smart as a whip and fun. (Role requires a Scottish Accent.)

Any questions contact producer Mark Baumhardt at or director Nancy Curran Willis at


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