The Bardlings

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.

For the latest on the Bardlings’ projects and performances…

The Bardlings
Photo credit: Bob Howard
The Bardlings
Photo credit: Bob Howard
The Bardlings

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.

Sarah H.
Bardling Parent

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

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

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

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

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

Current Season

The Bardlings 2022-2023 season focuses on all things comedy!
For our Fall 2022 Semester, the Bardlings will present an engaging, family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s most magical play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In Puck and the Mushy Gushy Love Potion by Pat MacEnulty, four young people get mixed up in love when a mischievous fairy named Puck drops a magic potion into their eyes. For Titania, the queen of the fairies, the situation is even worse–she falls in love with a donkey! But all ends well just in time for a royal wedding.

To audition for the Bardlings’ fall semester, including Puck and the Mushy Gushy Love Potion playing December 9th-11th, 2022 interested middle and high school students should come to Making Light Productions on August 20th anytime between 10 am and 12 pm. Students should have a  <60 second monologue of their choice prepared and also be ready to read from the sides provided at the audition.

The Bardlings’ Spring 2023 performance at the Southern Shakespeare Festival in Cascades Park will bring audiences back to the Bard’s true language with an abridged version of 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. 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.
Thank you to our Bardlings sponsors and supporters:


Middle and High School students in Leon County and the surrounding areas.
The Bardlings membership fee is $180 per semester and includes all aspects of The Bardlings program including workshops, field trips, costumes etc… Financial assistance is available.
Bardlings meet twice a week (Monday and Thursdays from 5-7 pm) and follow the Leon County School schedule taking school holidays off.

The Bardlings will have additional rehearsals starting December 3rd and leading up to the run of their fall show, Puck and the Mushy Gushy Love Potion, December 9th-11th.

After fall auditions at Making Light Productions conclude, the Bardlings will regularly meet and rehearse at Christ Classical Academy (2205 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32308).
To audition for the Bardlings’ fall semester, including Puck and the Mushy Gushy Love Potion playing December 9th-11th, 2022, come to Making Light Productions on August 20th anytime between 10 am and 12 pm with a -60 second monologue of your choice prepared. Also be ready to cold read from the sides provided at the audition.
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.
If students have conflicts with the August 20th audition date, they may send a self-taped by the time of auditions in order to qualify for callbacks. Send video monologues to (note that you may need to link to an unlisted YouTube, Google Drive, or similar link as video files are typically too large to email).

Past Seasons

Watch the Bardlings’ production of ShakespeaREtold V and several of their other past performances on the Southern Shakespeare Company Youtube Channel.
For our Fall 2021 Semester, The Bardlings were 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 showcased some of the Bard’s most famous scenes and is a perfect exploration of his characters with a fun twist.

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

Information about our past seasons is coming soon…!
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