The Stratford Shakespeare Festival received a $5 million contribution from a Waterloo family on Monday.
Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis have committed $5 million for the Festival’s operating budget.
The couple have also issued a challenge to other individuals and governments to match the amount ultimately leading to a $10 million dollar donation.
Ophelia, who sits on the Stratford board, tells 680News that she has been fascinated with the festival since her first high school trip.
“When I found out that they only received 4 per cent from the government, that’s when I realized we really should try to raise the awareness of this Canadian National Treasure. Hopefully, we will encourage Canadians and the government to take on the challenge,” said Ophelia.
The 2010 season, beginning on April 10, features As You Like It; Kiss Me, Kate; The
Tempest; Dangerous Liaisons; Evita; Peter Pan; The Winter’s Tale; Jacques Brel Is Alive
and Well and Living in Paris; For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again; Do Not Go Gentle;
The Two Gentlemen of Verona; and King of Thieves.