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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I’m Directing the Thriller “Bad Seed”—Come Audition!

I have just recently learned that I will be directing the suspenseful play “Bad Seed” at Little Theatre Off Broadway in Grove City.  It will be my ninth show with them.  Auditions are this coming Sunday and Monday at the theater.  The leads are the mother and the very young girl (eight to ten, or able to play that age).  The plot is described below, but the basic premise is that the little girl may actually have murdered a classmate and the mother has no idea what to do about that.  Casting the little girl will be the challenge.  She has to be able to act, of course, but more than that she has to be able to handle the emotional baggage of playing a child who has no moral compass and would as easily kill someone as argue with them. 

The play has been a favorite of mine since I read it when I was in my early teens (it was a hit on Broadway in the mid-1950s and then a popular movie).  If we do the show justice audiences exit the theater and have trouble getting to sleep that night as they mull over the startling things they’ve just seen happen onstage.

Come out and audition for us!  Talented newbies are welcome.  We’ll hand you segments of the script to study and then read aloud with other actors as you show us what you can do.  You need not come both audition days.  One will do.

Here is the posted notice:

 Little Theatre off Broadway
3981 Broadway
Grove City OH 43123
(614) 875-3919
By: Maxwell Anderson
Adapted from the novel by William March
Directed by Douglas Whaley

In a small Southern town, Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Rhoda. 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, for the boy had won the penmanship medal that Rhoda felt she deserved.  Could this little girl be a killer, and, if so, what should her mother do about that?

Auditions will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 24thand Monday, June 25th   at 7 p.m. at LTOB, 3981 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio.  Cast calls for 4 women, 6 men, 1 small girl.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  Bring all schedule conflicts and an acting resume and headshot if you have them. 

If you have questions, please contact the director, Douglas  Whaley, at

Show dates:

Fri. August 10 p.m. Sat. August 11, 8 p.m.                   Sun. August 12, 3 p.m.
THRIFTY THURSDAY: August 16, 7:30 p.m.  ALL TICKETS $10
Fri. August 17, 8 p.m.        Sat. August 18, 8 p.m.                   Sun. August 19, 3 p.m.
THRIFTY THURSDAY: August 23, 7:30 p.m.  ALL TICKETS $10
Fri. August 24, 8 p.m.        Sat. August 25, 8 p.m.                   Sun. August 26, 3 p.m.
Regular admission tickets are adults $15; seniors 60+ $12, students $10. 
To make reservations or ask questions, please phone the theater at (614) 875-3919.

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