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The Bad Seed
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14th July 2024 at 5pm


Ruby Productions:

Level 1, 15 Evan Street, Penrith


Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. 

Written by Maxwell Anderson
Adapted from the novel by William March
Directed by Anthony Brown and Blake Reeves

The Bad Seed takes place in a small southern town in the late spring of 1955.

Christine Penmark seems to have it all: a lovely home, a loving husband and the most “perfect” daughter in the world. However, this charming life is darkened by a cloud of worry and suspicion.

Since childhood, Christine has suffered from the most terrible recurring nightmare.

It also appears her “perfect” daughter’s talents include lying, theft and possibly much, much worse. Only Christine suspects the truth about her daughter, and only Christine’s father knows the truth about her nightmare.


Full of amazing characters that any actor would want to sink their teeth into, this thriller is packed with suspense.​

Friday, 15th November 7pm
Saturday, 16th November 7pm
Friday, 22nd November at 7pm
Saturday, 23rd November at 7pm
Sunday, 24th November at 2pm
John Lees Centre
Level 1, 15 Evan Street, Penrith

Rhoda Penmark:

A neat, quaint, pretty little girl on the outside, but a sociopath on the inside.

This character carries a ton of the show on her shoulders. The actress cast as Rhoda must have the chops to play multiple levels for an extended period of time. Rhoda is 8 years old, but the director will consider actresses up to age 14

if they can pass for younger.

Christine Penmark:

Rhoda’s dedicated, gracious and gentle mother. Age anywhere from 25-40.

Age is a ballpark.


Kenneth Penmark:

A military officer and Rhoda’s handsome father. Age 25-40. Age is a ballpark.


Monica Breedlove:

Upstairs neighbor and landlord of the Penmarks’. She is a widower, intelligent and possibly over-friendly. She fancies herself a sort of drugstore psychiatrist. Age 40-50. Age is a ballpark.


Emory Wages:

Monica’s younger brother by a few years. Good natured and friendly, but compared to Monica, comes off quiet. Age 20-35, depending on Monica.

Age is a ballpark.


Miss Fern:

The old maid owner and teacher at the school Rhoda attends. A no-nonsense woman. Age 30’s-70’s.


Reginald Tasker:

Good friend of Emory and a dashing, famous author of books about famous murderers and murder mysteries.  Age 20-35.


Mrs. Daigle:

Grieving mother. Her son drowned at the class picnic. She comes to Christine for answers, with her courage fortified by a few too many drinks. This character is a intoxicated most of the play Age 25-40.


Mr. Daigle:

The quiet, reserved, browbeaten husband.  Smaller role, but great character study.  Age 25-35.


Richard Bravo:

Christine’s father. He also studies serial killers and the like. He holds the answers Christine has been seeking. Age 55-65.



Western Union Messenger. Only on one page. If someone as young as 14 up male wants experience, can do this role or will be given to another cast member. 



All roles will need your best Southern drawl. This will not affect casting and we recognise that nobody will have a finished accent at audition.

Listen to ‘Dolly Parton’ Tennessee accent.

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