‘Much Ado About’ something in Shelton with Shakespeare announcement

The Valley Shakespeare Festival (VSF) will perform the William Shakespeare play, “Much Ado About Nothing,” this summer at Shelton’s Veterans Memorial Park.

The announcement was made Friday night during the VSF’s “Cocktails with Shakespeare” event at Twisted Vine Restaurant in Derby.

Joan Kapral of Shelton, who attended the fund-raising event, was the winner of a gift basket for correctly guessing the name of the nonprofit cultural group’s second summer production.

“Much Ado About Nothing” will be performed outdoors for three nights — from Thursday to Saturday, July 10 to 12 — at Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk). It is free and open to the public.

Last summer, VSF performed “The Comedy of Errors” at Veterans Memorial Park in its first production. The theatrical troupe was founded by Shelton native Tom Simonetti.

‘Shakespeare in the Bar’ with wings

VSF will be putting on an event sooner to help publicize its mission and the summer show.

On Thursday, March 13, the group will present “Shakespeare in the Bar: Macbeth” at Porky’s Cafe, 50 Center St., Shelton. Tickets are $10 per person.

Attendees will see a staged reading of Shakespeare’s tragic play about how far a couple will go for power.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Young Emerging Professionals organization.

The play will begin at 6 p.m., preceded at 5:30 by a networking event with Porky’s famous wings (included with admission).

Also, VSF will celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450 birthday on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster St. There will be children’s crafts, a book sale, and free cake.

Find out more at www.vsfestival.org.