The Bardlings

The Bardlings are the junior acting company of the Southern Shakespeare Company, composed of middle and high school students. With a production in the Fall and a performance at the Southern Shakespeare Festival in the Spring, the Bardlings perform twice a year, in addition to workshops, guest lectures, and community-theatre based field trips.

Follow The Bardlings on Facebook to stay updated on their projects and performance!

The Bardlings
Photo credit: Bob Howard
The Bardlings
Photo credit: Bob Howard
The Bardlings
The Bardlings are the junior acting company of the Southern Shakespeare Company, composed of middle and high school students. With a staged “Showcase” in the Fall and a performance at the Southern Shakespeare Festival in the Spring, the Bardlings perform twice a year, in addition to workshops, guest lectures, and community-theatre based field trips.

Follow The Bardlings on Facebook to stay updated on their projects and performance!

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Thank you for making [The Bardlings program] possible and for all you did to grow Will in his abilities this year! We are grateful

Amanda and Nathan Johnson
Bardlings parents
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We were very cautious about covid and thought carefully before saying yes to MM's request to join. Throughout the semester and even now the Bardlings directors have exceeded our expectations and we sincerely appreciate your commitment to safety while still providing a vital outlet for MM.

Sarah W.
Bardling Parent
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Since his time with the Bardlings, Jermaine has taken a real love for acting and performing and he is actually really good at it. We have invested in acting, voice and tap lessons this year because he has decided that theater is what he wants to pursue as his career. Thank you so much for investing in him early. It was a great experience and a lasting one, especially performing at Goodwood with the flu in 2017. He really learned what "showtime" means.

Talethia E.
Bardling Parent
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Natallia loves being a part of Bardlings. Thank you for this opportunity for her to express herself, learn more about theater, and enjoy her fellow Bardlings. Much appreciated.

Viletta C.
Bardling Parent
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Bardlings was the BEST experience for CC (and our family) during these crazy times....She just LOVED working with all of the company.

Jessica M.
Bardling Parent

2021-2022 Season

For our Fall 2021 Semester, The Bardlings are back in-person to present an original play written by Tallahassee native, the late, Eden Rush. Zombie Shakespeare tells the fantastical story of a troupe of fairy tale characters who are tired of their stories so they go dig up the grave of literature’s best storyteller, William Shakespeare himself. Shakespeare’s works come to life as each fairy tale character is transported into one of his plays as they search for their new story. This family friendly comedy showcases some of the Bard’s most famous scenes and is a perfect exploration of his characters with a fun twist.
The Bardlings Zombie Shakespeare

The Bardlings’ Spring 2022 performance at the Southern Shakespeare Festival in Cascade’s Park will bring audiences back to Shakespeare’s true works with the infamous, Romeo & Juliet. This abridged version of the star crossed lovers’ tale will showcase The Bardlings’ technical ability to create productions that bring traditional Shakespeare to life for all ages.

Along with bi-weekly rehearsals at Making Light Productions and two professional level performances, The Bardlings all encompassing year long educational program offers a variety of workshops and community theater based field trips. The Bardling members also have opportunities to perform in local projects with partners such as WFSU and Oasis Center for Women and Girls.

 
Making Light Productions
TCC
COCA
Visit Tallahassee
City of Tallahassee
LCS
Oasis Center
 
Watch the Bardlings’ production of ShakespeaREtold V and several of their other past performances on the Southern Shakespeare Company Youtube Channel.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Middle and High School students in Leon County and the surrounding areas.
The Bardlings membership fee is $175 per semester and includes all aspects of The Bardlings program including workshops, field trips, costumes etc… Financial assistance is available.
The Bardlings meet to rehearse on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm and Fridays from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Workshops, field trips, and additional optional events may take place outside of rehearsal hours.
The Bardlings rehearsals are held at Making Light Productions on Blair Stone Road.
Yes, The Bardlings program holds auditions in the Fall and the Spring. Admission to the Fall semester does not necessarily guarantee admission to the Spring semester.

The Bardlings program will continue to follow CDC guidelines. At this time, masks are required to be worn by all Bardlings participants during in-person events, including rehearsals.

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