All the world's a stage, the great Bard of Avon rightly proclaimed. With her modern recitation of these words, Christiana Limniatis (Director of Preservation Services at Preservation Buffalo Niagara) was declared the People's Choice winner in our 2018 Shakespearean Idol contest and fundraiser.
On December 3, 2018, our contestants created an evening of hilarity and delight with their performances. This included a scene from Romeo & Juliet performed in Burmese ("the language of love is universal," one of our judges declared) and the very brave use of a sword, crowns, fairy wings, and a five-foot snakeskin. Buffalo Museum of Science President Marisa Wigglesworth took home the coveted Judges' Choice Award, while Canopy of Neighbors Executive Director Sasha Yerkovich was honored for raising the most funds for PPG.
The audience was then treated to a performance from Peace of the City's Shakespeare Comes to the 716 troupe, who truly stole the show. Their original interpretation of Shakespeare's "To be or not to be?" question brought down the house and caused the audience to jump to their feet in awe and appreciation of the young performers.
PPG thanks our contestants and judges, our hosts at the Buffalo History Museum, Peace of the City, and all of our donors for making this fundraiser such a success. Shakespearean Idol raised over $8,000 to support PPG's work toward a more just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant Buffalo-Niagara. If you wish to add your donation, you can do so here.