The Bardlings

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About The Bardlings

The Bardlings are the junior Shakespearean acting program run under Tallahassee’s SOUTHERN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY. Established in 2014, the mission of The Bardlings is to develop an understanding and fondness for the study and performance of Shakespeare and classic drama in today’s youth as well as professional instruction and training in acting techniques. Our goal is to develop a comprehension of Shakespeare’s classics, while also ensuring that participants truly enjoy the subject matter and have fun in the process. Through exciting and innovative productions, open workshops, and community theatre based field trips, we seek to engage students and foster dialogue regarding the importance of the creative arts in our schools, our communities and our lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Join The Bardlings?
Middle and High School Students in the Tallahassee area.

When Do The Bardlings Meet?
Rehearsals are held Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7:00 PM and Sundays from 1:30 – 4:30 PM at the Making Light Productions. Performance viewings, workshops, and other special events may be scheduled outside of these days.

Is There A Fee?
The membership fee to join The Bardlings is $150 per semester. This fee covers the cost of the program, costumes, workshops, and tickets to performance viewings. Full and partial scholarships are available through The Gillum Family Foundation.

2019-2020 Season

Now in their 6th Season, Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior acting troupe has their sights set on The Taming of the Shrew. Throughout our first semester we focused on understanding this classic comedy. Through acting technique workshops, creative brainstorming, and lessons on Shakespeare, our Bardlings fully conceptualized, wrote, directed, and performed their Fall Showcase of ShakespeaRE-TOLD IV, Taming of the…Who? at Making Light Productions this past December. A huge bravo to all involved for a creative and spectacular performance.

During the second semester The Bardlings began rehearsing The Taming of the Shrew, a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s original work. Please stay tuned for the rescheduled dates of The Bardlings performances at the Southern Shakespeare Festival in Cascades Park.

This year free workshops include Audition Tips and Tricks, Acting Techniques, Stage MakeUp, Scenic Painting, and Physical Comedy. Students will also attend plays put on at various community theaters such as FSU, Monticello Opera House and Southern Shakespeare Company.


We are also thrilled this year to announce our partnership with our non-profit friends at Making Light Productions.

Making Light offers Inclusive musicartdance and theatre classes for children, teens, and adults of all abilities. They are such beautiful magic and light for our 2019/20 junior acting troupe!

Please stay tuned for information on our beginning acting class with Making Light Productions, “Much Ado About Acting” and our current online format!

Parents: Please click here to access the Bardlings Portal!