Title: Rocket Girl

Author: George D Morgan

Director: Lisa Bertram

Run: Performances on April 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, May 4,5,6,7(closing show)



This is a community theater production.  There is no pay.




Open Call

Date: Monday, January 23, 2023

Time: 6:30 pm check-in – 10 pm


Callbacks/Second Audition Date

(If you are unable to attend the open call.)

Date: Monday, January 30, 2023

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm


Location: Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville CA


Rehearsal Times

Expected Days and Times: February – May, 7 pm – 9pm weekday evenings (TBD) with some Saturday mornings 9 am – noon and Sunday evenings 7 pm (as needed)


First cast meeting/read through Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 7 pm


Location: Imagination Theater


Audition Requirements

Bring headshot and resume if available. Be ready to read from provided sides. Scripts will be available in the Box Office soon.


Brief Synopsis:

In 1957, the United States and the Soviet Union are locked in an undeclared Space Race to put a satellite in orbit. America’s space program sought out the most brilliant science and engineering men of the time.  Yet they ultimately prevailed by the creativity and genius of one woman: Mary Morgan.  Mary had limited college experience and no degree; she lived in a time when women were not expected to be scientists.  Mary became America’s first female rocket scientist, yet her contributions were unknown. Only a few of her colleagues even acknowledged her accomplishments. History almost forgot her.


Casting the following roles:


Mary Sherman  (F to play 20-30) engineering analyst, bright, witty, Rocket Girl


Bill Weber (M to play 20-35) aerospace engineer, Mary’s colleague, very supportive of Mary’s work


Joe Friedman (M to play 25-35)   aerospace engineer, colleague/friend/co-worker of Mary


Irving Kanarek (M to play 30-45) aerospace engineer, colleague/friend/co-worker of Mary, can be forgetful and brusque


Don Jenkins (M to play 20-35) aerospace engineer, colleague/friend/co-worker, congenial, smitten with Mary


Tom Meyers (M to play 40-55) aerospace department manager, Mary’s boss, supportive of Mary’s work, but must follow directions from his military bosses


Richard Morgan (M to play 20-35) aerospace engineer, Mary’s colleague and love interest, and ultimately her husband, kind but sarcastic


Carly Morgan* (M/F to play 20-25) Mary’s granddaughter, college student, feisty


Miss Biddle* (F to play 25-55) General’s secretary, snarky


Barbara* (M/F to play 30-60) newspaper obituary department secretary, rule-follower


David Shelby* (M/F to play 20-60) magazine reporter


General Medaris* (M to play 45-60) 3-Star Army General, old-fashioned and stodgy


Michael Sherman* (M to play 45-55) Mary’s father played in flashbacks, drunk, emotionally absent


Dutch Kindelberger* (M to play 40-60) Owner of North American Aviation


Father Mackey* (M to play 40-60) Catholic priest, acts as Mary’s conscience and confessor in flashbacks


Colonel Wilkins* (M to play 35-50) Army Colonel, skeptical but does as he’s told


Park Ranger* (M/F to play 20-60) Yellowstone, informative


Paul Morkay* (M/F to play 25-45) aerospace company recruiter, sees the merit in Mary’s work in flashbacks


Betty Manning* (M/F to play 25-60) social worker, tries to help young Mary get an education despite her father in flashbacks


Mrs. Walker* (F to play 50-60) Mary’s mentoring high school teacher, flashbacks


Doctor* (M/F to play 30-60) Mary’s doctor, kind but speaks the truth


*These roles may be combined as needed for casting.