Theatre Auditions

Open Auditions for The Scotian Women

By Lee Pennington • Directed by Megan Burnett, MFA

Auditions: January 5 & 6 • 6 - 9 p.m. • Black Box
All cast and crew positions are open to the entire Bellarmine Community. No parts have been pre-cast.  Some tech positions have been filled.Copies of the play are on reserve in the Library. Actors will do cold readings from the script.  Actors may prepare a monologue of a poetic style if they wish.

Rehearsals: January 9 - March 22 (Monday - Thursday, 6 - 9 p.m.)

Tech Week: March 17 - 22 (Times to be announced) 


  • March 23 - 25 at 7 p.m.
  • March 30 at 7 p.m. Pick-up Rehearsal
  • March 31, April 1, April 3 at 7 p.m.
  • April 2 at 2 p.m.

Cast Needed

5 women, 1 man, five person chorus of men and women

  • Hester: An old woman who has lost her husband earlier and now has another son trapped in this mine disaster – this one the last of his family line.  She has a cape wrapped around her.
  • Sandra: A woman in her twenties.  She is sarcastic – perhaps calloused by the tragedy or hardened and bitter because of her husband’s affair with Helen.
  • Andrea: An 18-year old woman.  She is the daughter of Ned.  She is the wife of Don and carries an unborn child.
  • Jennifer: She is an African-American woman in her early thirties and is the wife of Lance.
  • Freda: A woman in her early twenties, she is the wife of Eddie, one of the rescue men.
  • Ned: The father of Andrea, he has a handmade crooked cane.
  • Chorus: The Chorus stands outside the play and brings news to the women waiting in the bathhouse. Chorus will sing parts of their lines. Some will be done acapella. Some will be done with accompaniment if cast members play an instrument.

Play Description

The Scotian Women, a play in two acts, is a story of the women who awaited news of their loved ones after the Scotia Mine Disaster at Oven Fork, Kentucky in Letcher County. Twenty-six men died in the disaster after two separate explosions occurred in the mine on March 9 and 11, 1976. The play was produced and performed at the University of Kentucky's Guignol Theater in February 1981.

About the Playwright

The author, Kentuckian, Lee Pennington’s 20th book, Appalachian Newground has recently been nominated for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.  Pennington, who grew up in Greenup County, Kentucky, is the author of nine other books of poetry including: Scenes from a Southern Road, April Poems, Songs of Bloody Harlan, I Knew a Woman and Thigmotropism. Appalachian Newground was released in April of this year and was entered for nomination for the Pulitzer by the publisher.