An inspiring tale based on the true story of a pioneering woman of science, titled “Silent Sky,” is the next play at Independence Community College.
“Silent Sky” plays Fri.-Sat. February 28 and 29 at 7pm and Sun. March 1 at 2pm at the William Inge Theater. Admission is $7 general admission, $5 for youth and students, and free to ICC faculty and students.
At Harvard University Observatory in 1900, Henrietta Leavitt and her female coworkers are not allowed to touch a telescope. Nevertheless, she and her team made discoveries that informed Edwin Hubble and are still vital in the field of astronomy today.
“Silent Sky” premiered in 2015 and is often favorably compared to the fine 2017 movie “Hidden Figures.”
“We are proud to present this show,” said director and ICC Theater Professor Page Petrucka. “It has been described as ‘luminously beautiful’ and a story that ‘will change how you look at both the heavens and the earth’ and I agree.”
Mylee Cronin, of Clinton, MS, portrays Henrietta. The remaining cast of student actors: Kierra Kellum (St. Louis, MO); Christian Lucas (Paola); Hayleigh Wilson, (Haysville); and Alyssa Winkelman (Haysville).
The student crew includes Austin Bertie (Independence); Kenzie Clay (Coffeyville); Austin Hancock (Coffeyville); and Dylan Waterman (Paola). Jason Huffman is setting and lighting designer.
The ICC Theater season concludes with the musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” May 1-3.