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Silent Sky

Auditions will be held Sunday, July 9 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, July 11 at 6 p.m. at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE. Callbacks will be held Wednesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. in the same space. The director would prefer to have actors come prepared with a two-to-three-minute monologue in slightly formal, 20th-century English. If actors are called back, they’ll be asked to perform cold readings from the script on Wednesday.

Silent Sky is the inspiring story of Henrietta Leavitt, Annie Jump Cannon and other real-life, early-20th-century astronomers who made game-changing discoveries about the universe — only to see their insights credited to men until very recently. It's a moving, amusing, mind-expanding drama that calls to mind both Cosmos and Hidden Figures.

Roles are available for four adult women and one adult man. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Roles and character descriptions are as follows:

 Henrietta Leavitt (LEH-vit) — 30s, brilliant, meticulous, excited  — almost always wearing a 1910s-era hearing aid

 Margaret Leavitt — 30s, homebody, creative, sweet sister

 Annie Jump Cannon — 40s, a leader, terse and sure, grows into a firebrand

 Williamina Fleming — 50s, smart as a whip and fun, Scottish

 Peter Shaw — 30s, the head astronomer’s apprentice at Harvard

Silent Sky will open Thursday, August 31, 2017 and run for two weekends of regular evening performances. Please note, however, that during the week of September 11-15, the company will also perform at least four morning shows for visiting school groups, so its actors must be available during the day that week.

For more information about this wonderful play, please visit

General info about OLT auditions

Our audition procedures are generally as follows, but may vary at the discretion of the Director:
Auditions are typically held on a Monday and a Tuesday evening, starting at 7:00 p.m. You do not have to attend both nights of auditions, but you are welcome to read both nights of auditions if you'd like. If callbacks are necessary, the director will schedule the date and time.

Audition appointments are not necessary unless you are unable to attend auditions on the regularly scheduled days and times. In that case, the Director may agree to schedule a separate audition appointment for you. This choice is entirely up to the Director.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. You do not need to have prepared monologues. Copies of the scripts for the current season's plays are available at the Downtown, Lacey, and Tumwater branches of the Timberland Library. You may ask for a copy of the script at the information desk. Scripts are only available for use at the library and may not be checked out.

Headshots and resumes are welcome at auditions, but are not necessary.

Rehearsals are typically Monday through Thursday. Additional rehearsals and/or the rehearsal schedule are at the Director's discretion. Performances are typically Thursday through Sunday; Sunday is the only matinee. Special performances are typically on the Tuesday evening after the second weekend of performances.

Olympia Little Theatre is a community theater and you need not have any previous experience, just passion and commitment!