The Bardlings’ Spring 2023 performance at the Southern Shakespeare Festival in Cascades Park will be a one-hour adaptation of the romantic comedy As You Like It. This pastoral comedy will bring Shakespeare to life for all ages and serve as a light-hearted opening act to the mainstage production on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival.
Watch as newly lovestruck Rosalind flees an oppressive court for the Forest of Arden, where she finds her beloved Orlando has also fled! Disguised as a shepherd boy, Rosalind teaches Orlando how to woo and love with the help of friends and forest dwellers. This production features original music by Jason Chimonides, which was used in the 1998 production of As You Like It.
Middle and high school students who join the company don’t just put on a show: they also gain skills, collaborate with peers, and have fun during weekly meetings, workshops, rehearsals, and a field trip before the final performance!
The Bardlings audition for each fall and spring semester. Generally:
- Students should prepare a 60 second or less memorized monologue and expect to cold read sides from the show.
- Students will also be asked to complete an audition form with parent contact information and conflicts between the audition date and the showcase performances.
In spring 2023, the Bardlings will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 5-7 PM at Christ Classical Academy (2205 Thomasville Road), and/or the SSC offices and warehouse (136 Progress Drive on TCC’s campus) or Cascades Park (1001 South Gadsden) and especially during Tech Week (starting on May 8th) as the showcase performances approach. A mandatory parent meeting on January 26 will outline the rehearsal schedule and more for students selected to participate.
Please note that the Bardlings audition each semester, and admittance into a previous semester does not guarantee placement in the future. Please see below for other FAQ and contact Bardlings director Robin Jackson with any further questions!
The Bardlings are Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior acting company composed of middle and high school students.
The Bardlings perform twice a year with a production in the Fall and a performance at the Southern Shakespeare Festival in the Spring.
They also engage with workshops, guest lectures, and field trips to develop their skills and expand their knowledge of theatre throughout the year.
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Photo credit: Bob Howard
Photo credit: Bob Howard
Taking part in the Bardlings program is one of our favorite things about living in Tallahassee. The staff members have a passion for Shakespeare, for theater education, and for engaging the community. Both of our children love theater and we have been astonished at the amount of time, energy, and expertise that the SSC team has invested in mentoring and nurturing them. [We are] amazed at the diversity of theater education included in the Bardlings program… playwriting, costuming, tech, stage makeup… improv, dialects, and stage combat.
Thank you for making [The Bardlings program] possible and for all you did to grow Will in his abilities this year! We are grateful
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.
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.
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.
Bardlings was the BEST experience for CC (and our family) during these crazy times….She just LOVED working with all of the company.
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