Our Festival

Thank You Tallahassee for Supporting FREE Shakespeare

We returned in April 2016 to the Capital City Amphitheater at Cascades Park for the Southern Shakespeare Festival. Nestled in Downtown Tallahassee and 
surrounded by lush greenery, the 
Amphitheater boasts state-of-the-art 
lighting and sound systems, with 1500 permanent seats, and a sloped, landscaped
 area for 1500 more spectators 
to picnic on the green above the
 stage. The Park is also home to 
the Imagination Fountain and 
Discovery Park for children, a
 gorgeous waterfall, hiking trails, Centennial Field, Smokey Hollow, and the Meridian Point historical marker and Plaza.

In 2017, the Festival will be held again at Cascades Park and will be held on May 12 – 14!  Here’s a preview of the activities we have planned for 2017:

    • A reprise of Theater With A Mission’s Loco for Love: Cervantes vs. Shakespeare in the Mystery of Cardenio” (hint: it involves wrestling!).
    • DEVON GLOVER SONNET MAN IN SSC TSHIRTSonnet Man (Devon Glover) will return, this year joining the cast of As You Like It as Touchstone. He will also lend his hip-hop renditions of the Sonnet Contest winners on Saturday, Devon has been internationally recognized for his unique style of making the Bard relevant to today.
    • Our junior company, The Bardlings, will perform “ShakespeaRE-TOLD”, a collection of Shakespeare scenes done in iambic pentameter and then performed with the middle and high school students putting the scene into their own “modern-day” words.
    • Our Music Director, Stephen Hodges, will be composing original music for As You Like It, and has put together a live band that includes reknown trumpeter Longineu Parsons!
    • The Burlesque troupe Shaken Not Stirred will be on-hand to lend some family-friendly “spice” to our Second Stage.
    • Our afterschool program at Walker Ford will have a performance that has grown out of their multi-week workshop. If you missed the adorable performance of those young artists last year, it is truly incredible to see young people excited about Shakespeare.
    • Similarly, there will be an afterschool program throughout the year at the Thomasville Center for the Arts, and those students will perform at the Festival.
    • The Elder Bards (an offshoot of the Westminster Oaks Players) will show us how seniors make Shakespeare relevant to their lives.

  • In partnership with the Tallahassee Democrat and Sachs Media Group, the winners of our Sonnet Contest will be announced and their poetry read by Sonnet Man during the Festival. Last year, there were over 200 entries!
  • Additiionally, the Democrat will use their Insider program to award Charleston dance lessons to those in the know.
  • On Sunday, there will be a Children’s Area for all the youngsters to participate in face painting, games and activities. WFSU will bring back the Peg + Cat to interact with children at the Festival.