Valley Shakespeare Festival celebrated its second season of Free Shakespeare in the Park with three performances of the William Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

Performances were July 10-12 at Shelton’s Riverwalk-Veterans Memorial Park, with a special Super Moon appearance to balance out the cool night weather.

The 2014 cast featured Valley Shakespeare Festival veterans and newcomers from around the state as well as New York City and Ohio. The actors brought with them credits which included film, television and Broadway.

The three performances attracted more than 600 audience members, a 30% increase over last year.

The summer production is the culmination of Valley Shakespeare Festival’s season, the jewel in the crown, for which they prepare all year long.

The proceeds from all of their many events throughout the course of the season are used to finance the production, along with a grant from the Valley Community Foundation and donations from audiences at the performances.

Thanks for support

Festival members thanked the community for support, including the Valley Community Foundation, Twisted Vine Restaurant, Verace Pizzeria, Market and Italian Eatery, Amici’s Restaurant, Spence Sound & Stage and the City of Shelton.

More information at vsfestival.org, Facebook and Twitter.

Valley Shakespeare Festival is a non-profit organization, fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, dedicated to bringing free Shakespeare to the communities of the lower Naugatuck Valley.

More photos from the production