Valley Shakespeare Festival puts on a Halloween show at fund-raiser


Above, the Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Tom Simonetti as Clark Kent/Superman and Cheryl O’Brien as Queen Katharine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife (and the only one who made it to middle age), at the performing arts organization’s All Hallow’s Eve fund-raiser on Thursday evening.

Dozens of people attended the event at the Twisted Vine Restaurant in Derby for food, musical skits and dramatic readings. Guests were encouraged to wear costumes.

Jeff Forte of Shelton as the star of TV’s “Breaking Bad” and Heidi Allen of Seymour at the Valley Shakespeare Festival event.

The Valley Shakespeare Festival offers a free outdoor Shakespeare play in the summer. “I think it’s a great thing for the Valley,” said Barbara Lang of Shelton, who attended the fund-raiser with Jeanette Kovacs of Shelton.

Last year’s inaugural production by the Valley Shakespeare Festival took place at Shelton’s Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk). Go to for details.