7 males 4 females 1 girl (character is 8 years old. I prefer to cast a girl 9-16 years old, 5 feet tall or less)
This play will be presented at the Sun Prairie Civic Theatre barn 550 South Bird Street, Sun Prairie, WI October 26-November 4, 2018.
The play will also be cut to a 1 hour length and will compete in the Wisconsin Association of Community Theater's one act festival January 17-19 2019. It is possible to proceed from the Wisconsin festival to the regional festival April 11-13, 2019, and to nationals June 19-22, 2019.
Plot The play is set in the 1950’s and focuses on the seemingly perfect little girl Rhoda Penmark, who is able to charm her way into getting just about anything she wants. Anything, except a highly coveted penmanship medal that her teacher has awarded to Claude Daigle, one of Rhoda's classmates. During a school outing near the shore, Claude goes missing and it is soon discovered that Claude has drowned near a pier. Rhoda's mother, Christine, begins to suspect that Rhoda had something to do with the boy's death when she finds Claude's penmanship medal hidden in Rhoda's room. Gradually Christine comes to believe that Rhoda was behind other sudden deaths surrounding the family. Her suspicions challenge Christine to look into her own past, and she learns that she herself may be the origin of Rhoda's behavior.