LALT Holds Auditions For Silent Sky

Courtesy/NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)
LALT News:
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 are 2 p.m., Saturday, June 23 and 7 p.m., Sunday June 24. Both sessions are at the Performing Arts Center at 1670 Nectar St. 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 26. Contact Cullinan at
In Silent Sky, Henrietta begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, but 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.
Actors sought 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; and
  • 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 so be at the theatre 5-10 minutes early and ready to begin. Bring water and wear clothing comfortable for moving around in. Auditioners are encouraged to fill out this online audition form:
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 23. Silent Sky opens Friday, Sept. 14.