The 2015 fall play takes an unexpected turn with ‘The Bad Seed’


Senior Maddie Schroll and 10-year-old lead Lucy Bruzzese rehearse part of the play, The Bad Seed.

A sweet little girl, unsuspecting victims, and unknown tragedy makes up this year’s fall play The Bad Seed.

The play was adopted from William March’s book and opened first on Broadway in 1954, then closed at the Coronet Theater in 1955. It was then adapted into an Academy Award nominated film in 1956.

The famous play appeals to audiences because of its unexpected twists and captivating plot. The play is different and exciting, something that Fairmont hasn’t done on the stage before.

“The Bad Seed is a melodrama which means that it is kind of over acted a bit,” said Darren McGarvey, Fairmont’s theatre teacher and director of the play. “It’s something new and it’s supposed to be mysterious and just a bit unsettling for the audience.” 

Fairmont has many returning members from previous plays to this years cast, as well as many new faces and a few surprises here and there.

“The cast is a lot smaller and there is an elementary school student as the lead,” said senior Adam Duffy who plays Leroy the janitor.

Duffy’s character goes head to head with the lead Rhoda Penmark, who is played by Lucy Bruzzese. Bruzzese is 10 years old and will be starring in her second Fairmont school play. 

“She fits in really well with everyone. She’s very bubbly and happy, then she’s willing to go into character on stage,” Duffy said. 

Rhoda makes a few decisions that lead her down the wrong path. She’s the seemingly perfect little girl and will do anything to keep people thinking that. Her mother, Christine Penmark played by senior Maddie Schroll, slowly discovers the real Rhoda and starts to take matters into her own hands.

Rhoda does things that other people wouldn’t and finds a way out of the consequences. “She can’t feel the same emotions as we do, she loves in a way, but not in the same way we would,” Bruzzese said.

Rhoda is a very secretive character. “The audience is going to be shocked by how far she goes,” Duffy said. 

Even though all the kids are older than her, Bruzzese looks forward to spending time with them.

“I really enjoy it, all the kids I work with are really sweet,” she said.

With all the lines learned and everything set, The Bad Seed is ready to hit stage. There will be three productions of the play: Wednesday, October 21, Thursday, October 22, Saturday, October 24 all at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on October 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at