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Despite robbery, the show goes on for Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

In the early hours yesterday, someone broke into a storage trailer holding the sound system for Shakespeare in Delaware Park and took the equipment. By nightfall, the company had somehow scrambled to piece together a borrowed and rented sound system which allowed The Merry Wives of Windsor to start at its scheduled time.

"It's very sad that individuals would with a free Shakespeare festival where our only mission and goal is to do free performances for the public would want to steal things from us like this and possibly cause us to not be able to do what we do," said Managing Director Lisa Ludwig. 

With no performance scheduled for tonight, Ludwig is hopeful that a regular sound system will be installed for Tuesday night's performance.

"It's not stuff that people would be able to just go home and say: Hey, I'm going to hook this up to my stereo. It's theatrical equipment," Ludwig said.

"It's not going to be of use to the people who stole it. They're going to have to sell it or get rid of it. Hopefully the people are going to be on it and find the people who did this."

Shakespeare supporters are being asked to watch social media and E-Bay to see if the missing equipment turns up being offered for sale.

"Hopefully we'll be able to find this. It's not equipment that you could naturally use."

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.