Hundreds of people watched the Valley Shakespeare Festival (VSF) inaugural production of "The Comedy of Errors," with three performances in Shelton's Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk) on July 18, 19 and 20.

Organizers said more than 400 people braved the heat and threat of thunderstorms to watch the shows, the first-ever free outdoor Shakespeare production in the history of the Valley.

“These courageous and dedicated souls were rewarded with three beautiful nights of comic theater under the moon and stars, served up as only the Bard of Avon can do,” said VSF representatives.

Representatives said VSF plans to put on more “fun and entertaining events” throughout the course of the year and, next summer, will return with a new play.

“The cast and crew of VSF would like to thank all who attended the performances, their fund-raiser and all their wonderful sponsors for their belief in the organization's vision and support of their dream to provide free Shakespeare for all,” VSF representatives said.