Tuesday, July 26, 2022

SVP Casting Call Alert: "Bad Seed" Reminder



Valley Players


"Yes, we are the little red schoolhouse!"


Auditions at SVP

Bad Seed


Audition Date

Tuesday, July 26th, at 7 p.m.


Thursday, July 28th, at 7 p.m.

Callback Date: TBD (if needed)


Synopsis: The scene is a small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Rhoda. Little Rhoda Penmark 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 Rhoda's mother has an uneasy feeling about her. When one of Rhoda's schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic, Mrs. Penmark is alarmed. For the boy who was drowned was the one who had won the penmanship medal that Rhoda felt she deserved.

Performance Dates:

October 21st through November 7th

Friday & Saturday - 8PM

Sunday - 2PM


Directors Holly J. Kowalenko and Roberta Steve are seeking the following:

6 Adult Males

4 Adult Females

1 Young Female (age 10-12)


Character Gender/Age Range Description

Rhoda Penmark - Girl, 10-12 (or child actor who can appear in this range): Rhoda appears on the outside to be the perfect little girl. Bright, courteous, and inquisitive. Despite flashes of anger, she is able to fool her parents and others. Inside she is a liar, manipulator, and murderer. 

Christine Penmark - Female, 30s: Christine is Rhoda’s mother. She is loving and refined yet anxious about vague memories from her past. She is emotionally sensitive with concerns about aspects of her daughter’s behavior.

Monica Breedlove - Female, 40-50+: Monica is the landlady and upstairs neighbor of the Penmarks. She is nosy about their business, but genuinely good-hearted. She fancies herself an expert on many topics and is completely blind to Rhoda’s dark side.

Miss Fern - Female, 40-50+: Miss Fern is Rhoda’s principal at a private school. She is suspicious of Rhoda and senses that the little girl is not what she seems. Prioritizes her school’s reputation and her own social standing.

Mrs. Daigle - Female, 40s: Mrs. Daigle is the grieving mother of a student from Rhoda’s school who dies in an accident. She is working class and earthy, who is jealous of Christine’s “perfect” life. Despite her heartbroken, drunken demeanor she sees through Rhoda’s veneer.

Kenneth Penmark - Male, 30-40: Christine’s husband and Rhoda’s father.  He’s an ambitious Army officer whose frequent absences disturb Christine. He is a doting father and Rhoda has him completely wrapped around her little finger.

Emery Wages - Male, 40-50: Monica’s younger brother. Friendly but more taciturn than his sister. Never married for which he is teased. Likes to prick holes in his sister’s assumed expertise.

Leroy - Male, 40-50: The janitor/handyman in the apartment building. He is lazy and slovenly and resentful of the affluent people he works for. Considers himself smarter than they are despite his station in life. He is the one person who sees through Rhoda goody-two-shoes facade.

Reginald Tasker - Male, 40-50: A friend of Monica and Emory. He writes detective stories and has made himself an expert in the history of crime. He is especially fascinated by a serial killer named Bessie Danker, who was beautiful and ruthless and never caught.

Mr. Daigle/Messenger - Male, 40-50: Father of Rhoda’s classmate believed to have drowned in a tragic accident. Embarrassed by his wife’s drunken outbursts. Doubles in walk on as messenger.

Richard Bravo - Male, 60+: Christine’s father. An esteemed news reporter renowned for his reporting during WWII and his coverage of the Bessie Denker case. He loves Christine dearly but lives under the strain of keeping a secret from her.


Special Notes for Auditioners:

Auditions will be held at the 


Located at 870 River Road, Hillsborough. 

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Theater Location

689 Amwell Road

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Telephone: 908-369-7469



Mailing Address

601 Route 206

Suite 26-216

Hillsborough, NJ 08844


Made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.