Theater Production returns with ‘The Bad Seed’


Cast member of ‘The Bad Seed’ share their thoughts on the upcoming play (Photo by Priscilla Rivera and Joanna Lee).

As February comes to a close, Buena Park High School returns with a new play, “The Bad Seed.” The play centers around Rhonda, a girl who is being framed for her rival classmate’s death and ends up being investigated. This highly expected play stars students from Theater Production. 

Mackenzie Shane, a 16-year-old junior who is playing the role of Monica Breedlove, shared, “I’m the quirky, over excited, loud, and comedic relief of the show because in this play it’s more on the serious side.” Mekhi McInnis, a 16-year-old junior states, “I’m Mr. Daigle, the dad, the father of the unfortunate case.” Thirdly, Diego Aguliar, an 18-year-old senior, shared he got casted as the role of Reginald Tasker, the lead detective of the case. Aguliar remarked, “The detective plays a very significant role in the play given that the plot of the story is based on a girl who murdered a child…the detective basically helps reveal who the killer is.”   

The cast members also shared a glimpse into the difficulty of auditioning for their roles. Shane shared, “Auditions weren’t that bad. Mr Galindo made a very comfortable environment. You could walk in and be nervous and end up feeling more relaxed because of the environment he made.” McInnis shared similar thoughts saying, “For me personally I didn’t find them that difficult, it does take a lot of work to build up to make sure you don’t embarrass yourself or something like that. But in my opinion, it was pretty fun. It was easy.” However, in Aguilar’s case, auditions were a bit more complex, Aguilar shared, “The auditions were difficult in the sense that there were very limited male roles. You really had to fight for a spot there.”

Although each cast member is heavily involved in their Theater Production class and corresponding plays, their theater journey hasn’t been all that straightforward. Especially during freshman year, many of the cast members were unsure if they wanted to pursue this pathway.  McInnis said, “When I was a freshman, I was afraid to be in theater because I always thought, ‘Oh theater is so weird, it’s for weird kids’. Theater is actually fun and I realized that I want to be an actor when I grow up.” Shane added, “I’ve been wanting to be in theater for a very long time, I’ve been doing theater for all three years but overall I’m grateful and appreciative for this chance.” Agulair shared, “Well in freshman year, I did it for the credits. But, now it’s something I want to pursue.”

The play starts Wednesday, February 23rd, at 7:30 pm for a cost of $10 for general admission and $8 with ASB. Refer to @bphstheatreproduction on Instagram to see further details. We can’t wait to see you there! More photos of the play to come.