2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park and Renaissance Fair

SOUTHERN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (SSC) is thrilled to, once again, bring our unique FREE Shakespeare in the Park Festival to Cascades Park. This year, the SOUTHERN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL expands to four days and will join the ranks of some of the best Renaissance Festivals in the Southeast region on May 12th and 13th. Visitors will experience the magic and mystery of our jugglers, illusionists, stilt walkers, and fortune tellers; the spectacle of armored combat; the taste of medieval food; and even learn a new skill, be it blacksmithing, weaving, or belly dancing. Visitors will enjoy the multiple programs and performances leading up to our Mainstage production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, performed in true Renaissance style, on the Capital City Amphitheater stage at Cascades Park. #FreeShakespeareinthePark #iHEARTtally #theARTSlivehere

Performances will begin at 7:30PM each evening May 10-13, 2018. Renaissance Festival begins 4pm Saturday and Sunday (May 12th & 13th)

To learn about the benefits or membership (including reserved seats!) click here.

Special Guest Artist Renee O’Connor

 

SOUTHERN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY welcomes our 2018 Special Guest Artist, Reneé O’Connor, performing in our Shakespeare in the Park production of Romeo & Juliet. Reneé O’Connor, best known for her role of Gabrielle on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess, is an American actress, producer, and director with a deep and abiding passion for Shakespeare. Ms. O’Connor has previously performed in Macbeth (Lady Macbeth) and Romeo & Juliet (Nurse) and is thrilled to be joining us at the Capital City Amphitheater this May. #Xena #Gabrielle

To add to the excitement and buzz, Ms. O’Connor will be joined by her son, Miles Muir, ONSTAGE as he performs the role of ROMEO! 

What’s Shakin’

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
USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA

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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Festival Schedule

Thursday May 10th – Friday May 11th

“Doors open” at 6pm for guests to come to the Cascades Park for food and beverages, grab a seat or sit out ‘on the green’,  shop for souvenirs at our Shake Shoppe (open during Festival hours through intermission) and enjoy some pre-show presentations, 

Romeo and Juliet performances begin at 7:30PM each night.

Saturday, May 12

4pm-6:30pm Walk around to watch fencing demonstrations and education workshops provided by the Society for Creative Anachronism Barony of Oldenfeld, as well as balloon artists, illusionists, face painters, henna tattoo artists, tarot card readers, weavers, and more!

4pm Shimmy Mob Event HERE in Tallahassee followed by belly dancing demonstrations with Hip on Meridian Point Plaza

5pm The Bardlings, Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior performance company, present Eighth Night, an abridged version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, performed on the Capital City Amphitheater stage as commedia dell’arte. Great fun for the family! #Bardlings #EighthNight

6pm Bellydancing show/presentation by Hip and Heart Movement Studio and In Step Studio on Meridian Point Plaza

Sunday, May 13

4pm-6:30pm Walk around to watch fencing demonstrations and education workshops provided by the Society for Creative Anachronism Barony of Oldenfeld, as well enjoying our soap makers, balloon artists, illusionists, henna tattoo artists and jugglers, tarot card readers, weavers, bellydancing performances and demonstrations by Laura Chan of Hip and Heart Movement Studio

5pm The Bardlings, Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior performance company, present Eighth Night, an abridged version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, performed on the Capital City Amphitheater stage as commedia dell’arte. Great fun for the family! #Bardlings #EighthNight

 


Cunro Creative The Hagen Family Foundation Hopping Green Sams Tallahassee Community College Hinke and Foran

 

On Saturday, May 12th, the winners of our 2018 Sonnet Contest will be announced. Last year we had over 250 entries for this event, brought to you in partnership with the Tallahassee Democrat and Sachs Media Group. The winners this year will be announced (and their poetry read) by Sonnet Man during the Festival.  The top three sonnets in each category will also be published in the Tallahassee Democrat. #2018SonnetContest

Thank You Tallahassee for Supporting FREE Shakespeare in the Park

We returned to Tallahassee April 2015 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. #discovercascades