"The Bad Seed," the classic suspenseful drama, opens at Bristol Community College in Fall River Thursday, March 15, and runs through the weekend.

Adapted by renowned playwright Maxwell Anderson from the novel by William March, it tells the story of Rhoda Penmark, a bright, pretty 8-year-old who is, on the surface, full of old-fashioned graces and loved by everyone. But when one of Rhoda’s schoolmates mysteriously drowns, Rhoda's mother and the school principal become alarmed. The boy who drowned won a medal that Rhoda felt she deserved.

"The Bad Seed" was made into a successful 1956 movie starring Patty McCormack and Nancy Kelly, both of whom were nominated for Academy Awards for their roles.

The show is directed by Deborah Sadler, with Beverly Robinson as stage manager. Starring in Little Theatre's production are Lila Grace Stilley as Rhoda and Heidi Garcia as her mother, Christine. Also featured are Holly Loell, John Silveira, and Erica Vitelli, along with Mark E. Lima, Nancy Winokoor, Ron Caisse, Jason Gendreau-Visco, John Ashley and Eric M. Oliveira.

"The Bad Seed" is sponsored by Cardi’s Furniture and Mattress along with Taco/The White Family Foundation.