Fiddlin’ Fun with Shakespeare!

Our Fancy Fiddler

Our homeschool co-op drama classes did the test run on A Shakespearean Tale and did a fun and amazing job! We say amazing because these kids get ridiculously little time to rehearse, but manage the miracle of rising to the challenge of a pretty big production.

We have two drama classes — 3rd through 6th and 7th through 12th, with actors and singers ranging from 9 to 18. They tackled 7 songs, a little Shakespeare, and a lot of comedy.

Surrey Gas Station Gang

Our guitar and keyboard carried the musical day until we got to Stratford Corners, Alabama, where we were treated to the fancy fiddling of professional musician George Merritt. Thanks, George! The show ended with a little country swing dancing, with the cast invading the audience.

We played a trick on the cast when Rosie made her entrance with a rather large “bun in the oven.” Her very surprised stage husband, Will Surrey, rolled right with it and the audience had some good laughs.

Look for more pictures on our auditions page.

8 Responses to Fiddlin’ Fun with Shakespeare!

  • Diana says:

    Jodie couldn’t stop talking about the surpise bun in the oven! Too fun!

  • Deon says:

    The play was great – there was lots of laughter from the audience. I love watching these plays!

  • Renee says:

    Shelby, your productions just keep getting better and better and they were always awesome! We laughed so hard our sides ached at the humor interwoven in is fun family friendly production. Keep up the good work!

  • Renee says:

    What are your plans after Shakespeare? We can’t wait.

  • Jan says:

    We love your productions, Shelby! I’ve been part of kids’ drama/choir productions for years and the stuff you’ve written is top notch. I’m so glad that my daughter has had a chance to be under your tutelage. She has learned so much about the stage and had fun to boot.

  • Rita says:

    Really enjoyed seeing and having my children participate in your plays over the years, Shelby!! The girls have thoroughly enjoyed participating in them too. So thankful for the opportunity to be a part of all the work you have put together and continue to put together.

    Also, really enjoyed the singing productions … I’m sure a lot of work went into that!! Great job!!

  • Raegan says:

    Mrs. Cranfill,
    You did an amazing job with the play! Thanks so much!!

  • Mike says:


    I thoroughly enjoyed both productions this past year. These kids are so fortunate to get to be a part of an original script and original songs…you have such a way with all of the children and they love getting to work with you. Great job! I look forward to continuing to work with you this summer and next year. Family Friendly Productions ROCK!!

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