Shakespeare Play Festival
The Bakersfield College Theatre Program produces the Kern Shakespeare Festival every fall, usually comprised of two plays by William Shakespeare. The plays are performed in repertory, with many actors appearing in both plays. Recent productions include Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Bakersfield College plays host to the Peg Pauly High School Shakespeare Festival. Students from a dozen local high schools competed with ensemble scenes, duo scenes, trio scenes, and monologues and were adjudicated by Bakersfield College theatre professors and seasoned community actors.