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Saturday October 7 - 2:00pm

The Waterworks
184 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine

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by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Michael Lipp

If you can't make it to auditions but would like to try out, please contact us at

When Henrietta Leavitt 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 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 and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth. 

Performances dates are
December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10 
at The Waterworks

Available Roles


HENRIETTA LEAVITT (Female, 30s - early 40s)

Brilliant, determined, a dreamer, hard of hearing {wears period hearing aid), has never much cared for the “status quo”.



Henrietta’s sister. A homebody, genuine, sweet-natured, realist. Ability to sing and play the piano a plus.


PETER SHAW (Male, 30s)

The head astronomer’s apprentice. Reserved; his views have never really been challenged prior to the events of the play. He is in love with Henrietta, as she is with him.


WILLIAMINA FLEMING (Female, 50s-60s) 

Scottish, Intelligent, witty, warm, and outgoing. One of the first of her kind, smart as a whip and fun. Role requires a Scottish accent.

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