Bianca Montague gives a cast member direction as Melanie Bynum looks on AMANDA THOMPSON
Young troupe presents a condensed version of play at Shakespeare Festival
Amanda Karioth Thompson
Council on Culture & Arts
Shakespeare’s legacy has endured for more than 400 years and there’s no expiration date in sight. A new generation is embracing his works and putting their own spin on them. The Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior troupe, the Bardlings, is currently rehearsing “Eighth Night,” a condensed version of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and they haven’t lost any of the comedy’s wit or whimsy.
Renee O’Connor plays Juliet’s nurse during rehearsals for the Southern Shakespeare Company’s upcoming production of “Romeo & Juliet.” HALI TAUXE/DEMOCRAT
She’s in town for ‘Romeo & Juliet,’ co-starring her son
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Renee O’Connor, known to millions as Gabrielle from “Xena: Warrior Princess,” is the guest artist for Southern Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming “Romeo and Juliet.” She’s playing Juliet’s nurse, a bawdy, appealing character who speaks more lines than anyone else in the play – apart from the lovers themselves. She’s been in Tallahassee since mid-April rehearsing, but you might not recognize her at first without her skimpy costumes and fighting staff. Here are 7 things you need to know — or that are just pretty cool — about the Battling Bard of Potidaea’s brush with The Bard.