Los Alamos Little Theatre will hold auditions for its September production of Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky, directed by John Cullinan and produced by John Gustafson. Auditions will take place Saturday, June 23rd, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, June 24th, at 7 p.m. Both sessions will take place at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St., Los Alamos. Appointments for auditions outside of the above times can be made, if the director’s schedule allows. Auditions by appointment must be completed before June 26th. Please contact John Cullinan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Henrietta begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t 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. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.
Cullinan is looking for actors to fill the following roles:
HENRIETTA LEAVITT: 30s, brilliant, meticulous, excited
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
Auditions will consist of group warm-ups and cold readings from selected scenes. Each session will begin on time. Please be at the theatre 5-10 minutes early and ready to begin. Bring water and wear clothing you are comfortable moving around in. Auditioners are encouraged to fill out this online audition form: https://goo.gl/forms/uSOAuryb7atUC4Gu1
Perusal scripts are available at the information desks of the Mesa and White Rock public libraries. These can be checked out for one overnight.
Rehearsals begin Monday, July 23rd. Silent Sky opens Friday, September 14th.