Audition Notice: Bad Seed, July 22-24

Written by Maxwell Anderson
from William March's Novel
Directed by James Cluster
Produced by Don Johnson & Mike Moffat

Audition Dates & Times: 

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday
July 22nd through July 24th at 7:30 PM

Audition Location: 

Conejo Players Theatre
351 South Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008

Performance Dates: 

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
September 14th through October 6th, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM
No conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before Opening

Audition Requirements: 

Please bring a headshot (if possible) and a list of all potential conflicts including travel, etc. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. There will be script selections available for your review upon arrival. If you are interested in getting a leg up, feel free to order a copy of the show from Dramatist's Play Service for $8.00 at the address noted: http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=1701 If you are bringing someone interested in auditioning for Rhoda, please message the Director, James Cluster (jamescluster@gmail.com) or the Assistant Director, Abby Cluster (a.ryan.collins@gmail.com), about getting sides in advance so that they can prepare for the "cold reads". No appointment necessary. Open Call Auditions. There is NO PAY.

Plot Summary: 

Colonel and Christine Penmark’s daughter, Rhoda, is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, and admired by all her elders… but Rhoda's mother has an uneasy feeling about her. And then one of Rhoda's schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic - the boy who won the penmanship medal that Rhoda felt she deserved. Is Rhoda the good girl they thought she was, or is she truly a Bad Seed?

For More Information: 

If you need additional information, please contact the Assistant Director, Abby Cluster at a.ryan.collins@gmail.com.

Character Breakdown: 

RHODA PENMARK - (preteen, will accept ages 8-12) She is the evil queen of the story. On the surface she is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, admired by all her elders. But there is something going on deep within Rhoda's mind, she plays everyone like a game of chess, and always gets what she wants... no matter the cost.

COL. KENNETH PENMARK - (30-40) A good looking Officer, in love with his wife and completely taken with his wonderful little girl Rhoda, he is away for much of the events of the story, never fully grasping the horrors that his little girl will bring about.

CHRISTINE PENMARK - (25-35) A very pretty, gentle, gracious woman, quite obviously dedicated to being a good wife and wonderful mother. The kind of woman whose life is given meaning by the affection she gives and receives. She later learns that her world famous father is her adoptive father, and that family secrets may have given birth to an evil she cannot accept.

MONICA BREEDLOVE - (45-60) A widow, intelligent, voluble, and perhaps overly friendly. She is smitten with the Penmarks, and a gossipy know-it-all. She is particularly fascinated with Rhoda, showering the child with gifts throughout and being all too excited over Rhoda's small graces. She will stand in for Col. Penmark as Christine's ear to cry to and arm to hold on to as events take place.

EMERY WAGES - (35-45) Monica Breedlove's younger brother, plump and friendly, though much quieter than Monica and taciturn in many cases. Monica will point out that she thinks her younger brother is perhaps a closeted homosexual, this being the South in the 1950's; such a thing would not have been spoken of in public circles.

LEROY - (30-50) The Groundskeeper/Janitor of the Apartment building the Penmark's and Breedlove's live in. He feels he is not in his rightful place in life, being so high-minded and more intelligent than the rest of these "rich folks" and their wonderful lives of leisure and luxury. He becomes Rhoda's foil in the show, but has a strange fascination/admiration for her. The two will butt heads constantly. Also harbors a secret lust for Christine Penmark though he himself is a married man with a family.

MISS FERN - (50-60) The primly head of the most aristocratic school in the state, she has achieved a certain savoir faire, though she is herself a timid and undistinguished little old maid. She makes the most of the remains of once quite remarkable beauty. She and her sisters run the school and much of the town social events. She is the one who first makes Christine aware that something may be off with little Rhoda, and the one who ultimately asks that Rhoda not come back to the the school after the end of the year.

REGINALD TASKER - (40-50) A friend of the Breedlove's who writes Detective stories and has made himself a minor expert in the history of crime. Gets on well with Emory. Enjoys going into the details of some of the most gruesome murder and death stories that have occurred in the U.S. up to that point.

MRS. DAIGLE - (30-40) The distraught mother of the deceased Claude Daigle, who was drowned at the school picnic. She spends most of the show intoxicated, and accusing the Penmarks, specifically Rhoda; of her little boys death. She is from a slightly lower class than the Penmark's the the Ferns, and has no problem reminding everyone that that is the case. She is both envious and angry with Christine, yet somehow looking for comfort from her as well.

MR. DAIGLE - (30-40) The put upon husband of Mrs. Daigle, also distraught over the loss of his son, but far less interested in his wife's method for getting answers. Rather embarrassed by her actions.

MESSENGER - (20-30) Messenger carrying the good news and bad out of the Penmark home

RICHARD BRAVO - (50-60) Handsome once, somewhat stern and weary now. The high flying mystery writer known the world around. He is Christine's father, later we find he is in fact her adoptive father, and the manner in which he adopted her is rather a secret in and of itself. Loves his daughter and granddaughter, but scared to answer Christine's questions which is why she calls him to their home.