Aiken Community Theatre holding auditions for ‘Silent Sky’

November 2, 2018 GMT

When Henrietta Leavitt began work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she wasn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea.

The Aiken Community Theatre will present “Silent Sky,” a play based on Leavitt’s story in January.

The play offers roles for four women and one man in their 30s. Auditions will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, and at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Aiken Community Theatre in the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 20.

Leavitt joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for renowned astronomer Edwin Hubble for whom the Hubble telescope is now named, according to a news release from the Aiken Community Theatre.

As she attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, Leavitt also must take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.

“It is a wonderful story. I find it a touching show about people so involved in a scientific endeavor that they must make sacrifices on Earth to study and document the heavens,” said Marcia Harris, the show’s director.

Written by Lauren Gunderson, “Silent Sky” has a different story line than the film “Hidden Figures” but still explores the uncredited contributions women made to scientific discoveries of the 20th century.

ACT auditions are open to the public and require no advance preparation.

Want to go?

WHAT: Auditions for “Silent Sky”

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Aiken Community Theatre, 126 Newberry St.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit aikencommunitytheatre.org