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The Barefoot Players is Queen's University School of Drama & Music's theatre troupe for young audiences. Made possible by the Queen's Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP), the Barefoot Players gain valuable workplace experience creating, touring, and performing theatre for young audiences between the months of May and August each year.

Past shows include adaptations of local folk tales and of Shakespearean works MacbethThe TempestTwelfth NightA Midsummer Night's Dream and As You Like It. The company also runs a theatre day camp, bringing theatre education and fun to local children for two weeks every summer. Find out more about our 2020 season by clicking here!

General Inquiries & Bookings


Email us at: barefoot.players@queensu.ca


The Barefoot Players



Maddie: Hi, friends! My name is Maddie and I am SO excited for my first summer as a Barefoot Player! I cannot wait to share stories with you, inspired from all around the world. What is your favourite story? Mine is Where the Wild Things Are. Have you ever read it? When I am not singing and dancing as a Barefoot Player, I love to watch movies with my friends and go on fun adventures. See you all this summer at the show!


Bennett:  Hey friends, I’m Bennett and this is my first year as a barefoot player! I can’t wait to perform in this show, inspired by stories from around the world, for you! What kind of stories do you like? I love stories about fantasy worlds, and cartoons! Stories help us learn about different cultures and connect with each other. When I’m not telling stories or listening to them, I’ll usually be playing basketball or hanging out with friends. See you at the show!


Abby: Hello friends, my name is Abby! You might recognize me from Barefoot Camp last summer and I am SUPER DUPER excited to be back. This summer you can spot me dancing around in our show, baking treats, reading fun stories and learning all about how to be a positive community member. What do you love to do in your community? I can’t wait to spend my summer sharing stories and learning with you! See you at the show soooooooo soon!


Keady: Heyo! I’m Keady and I’m couldn’t be more thrilled to join my friends as a Barefoot Player this year! It’s my first time, and I hope you are just as excited as I am to learn about citizenship and what it means to be a good neighbour! When I’m not singing and dancing for you all, I’ll probably be somewhere strumming on my guitar, tinkering around on the piano, or playing a tune on the ukulele! I love music. Do you love music? What is your favourite kind of music? I can’t wait for you to see the show!


Caroline: Hello everyone! My name is Caroline and it’s my first summer as a Barefoot Player. This summer, you can find me reading a fun book, or swimming in Lake Ontario! I am so excited to learn more about what is means to be a citizen with you. How do you practice being a good community member? To me, being a good community member means appreciating and taking care of the land that we live on. Come talk to me about what you like most about where you live. I can’t wait to see you at the show!


Past Shows


The Barefoot Players have been performing for young audiences for over 10 years! Take a look at some of our past players and performances!

2018: Science Rules!

Science Rules!, 2018 

2017: Toques and Tales!

Toques and Tales!, 2017

2016: Once Upon a Forest Fable!

Once Upon a Forest Fable!, 2016

2015: All The Stage is a World

All The Stage is a World, 2015

2014: Dream a Little Dream

Dream a Little Dream, 2014

2013: Play On!

Play On!, 2013

2012: Teapost in a Tempest

Teapost in a Tempest, 2012

2011: The Skittish Play

The Skittish Play, 2011


2010: Off Kilter

Off Kilter, 2010


2009: Over the Top

Over the Top, 2009

2008: Grimm Tales

Grimm Tales, 2008

2007: Faces of the Moon

Faces of the Moon, 2007 

2006: Bone Head

Bone Head, 2006

2005: Ashpuddle

Ashpuddle, 2005

2004: Invisible Thread

Invisible Thread, 2004

2003: Perseus and Mom - Mouldy Old Tales

Perseus and Mom - Mouldy Old Tales, 2003

2002: Tall Tales

Tall Tales, 2002