THE BARDLINGS are the junior Shakespearean acting program run under Tallahassee’s SOUTHERN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY. Established in 2014, the mission of THE BARDLINGS is to develop an understanding of basic theatre production and a fondness for the study and performance of Shakespeare and classic drama in today’s youth. Our goal is to develop a comprehension of Shakespeare’s classics, while also ensuring that participants truly enjoy the subject matter and have fun in the process. Through exciting and innovative productions, open workshops, and community theatre based field trips, we seek to engage students and foster dialogue regarding the importance of the creative arts in our schools, our communities and our lives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Join The Bardlings?
Middle and High School Students in the Tallahassee area. We will be holding our next Auditions for The Bardlings in January 2019. Check back here for more information on auditioning for The Bardlings.
When Do The Bardlings Meet?
Rehearsals are held Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7:00 PM and Sundays from 1:30 – 4:30 PM at the Oasis Center for Women and Children. Performance viewings, workshops, and other special events may be scheduled outside of these days.
Is There A Fee?
The membership fee to join The Bardlings is $125 per semester. This fee covers the cost of the program, costumes, workshops, and tickets to performance viewings. Full and partial scholarships are available.
Now in their 5th Season, THE BARDLINGS will be tackling one of Shakespeare’s greatest; The Tragedy of MacBeth. Students will participate in a new outreach program in connection with Southern Shakespeare’s After School Program and have the opportunity to perform at local community centers, as well as a Fall Showcase for friends and families. Students will write, direct, and perform in their own interpretations of scenes from Macbeth in ShakespeaRe-told III.
During the second semester THE BARDLINGS will rehearse The Scottish Play, a modern, abridged version of Macbeth, which will be highlighted as part of the Southern Shakespeare Festival in Cascades Park in May 2019.
This year free workshops include stage sword craft, acting techniques, set painting, and special effects makeup. Students will also attend plays put on at various community theatres such as FSU and TCC.