A woman gazing into space, facing away from the viewer.

Open auditions for the Waukesha Civic Theatre’s production of Silent Sky will be held:

Monday, March 9, 2020, starting at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, starting at 7:00 pm

Callbacks, if needed, will be on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, starting at 7:00 pm


Auditions will be held at the Waukesha Civic Theatre Building at 264 West Main Street, Waukesha. Please enter through the glass doors on Riverfront Street. Please come prepared to fill out the audition form, including all conflicts from the audition date through the closing performance. The Waukesha Civic Theatre is committed to inclusive casting. Actors of all backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to audition. If you will not arrive at auditions until 8:30 or later, please contact the theatre before 5 pm so the director can be informed.


No appointment is necessary. Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script.



Henrietta Leavitt was a 19th century astronomer who worked at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s. She discovered the pattern that allows us to measure the distance of the stars, thus calculating our place in the universe. This is the inspiring story of how she and her peers changed the role of women in both science and society.


All roles are open.

There are 4 roles for women age 25-60. There is one role for a man in his 30s.


Directed by Dustin J. Martin, Silent Sky will run May 1-17, 2020, at WCT.


Character Descriptions

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


MARGARET LEAVITT: (age 25-35; Female) A homebody, genuine, sweet-natured, realist. She plays in her father’s church and stays behind while her sister, Henrietta, goes off to Harvard. This character sings. Ability to play the piano a plus.


ANNIE CANNON: (age 40-49; Female) A leader, tough, sure, grows into a firebrand for the suffrage movement.


WILLIAMINA FLEMING: (age 45-60; Female) Scottish, intelligent, witty, warm and outgoing, the first of her kind, smart as a whip, and fun. This role will require a Scottish accent.


PETER SHAW: (age 30-39; Male) The Harvard’s head astronomer’s apprentice. A brilliant mind but socially awkward. He is reserved and his views have never really been challenged prior to the events of the play. After a rough start, he and Henrietta fall in love.