Bardlings Have A ‘Night’

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.

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Renee O’Connor swaps ‘Xena’ for Shakespeare

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

Randi Atwood
Tallahassee Democrat

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.

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