Shakespeare said that all the world\u2019s a stage, and Tom Simonetti wants that to be true in Shelton. In July, the first Valley Shakespeare Festival will be in the city. \u00a0Family and friends of the organizers recently came to celebrate their efforts, and to learn what play will be performed. For five days, a \u201cShakespeare in the Park\u201d of William Shakespeare\u2019s Comedy of Errors will be at Shelton Veterans Memorial Park. \u201cThis is something I wanted to do when I was 17,\u201d said Simonetti, a native of Shelton who now lives in New York City. He said that was the age when he saw a performance of a Shakespeare play and fell in love. Simonetti said as a camp counselor, he was able to bring his students to the theater. He was able to get the youth into a play where he was the lead. \u201cThat\u2019s when I knew I had to do this,\u201d he said. Loving the arts Shelton is \u201ca town that loves the arts,\u201d said Simonetti. \u201cThis is something Shelton will stand behind.\u201d The excitement at Liquid Lunch on Howe Avenue Saturday night was definitely in the air. \u201cFor me, [Simonetti] came and said this is something my area needs,\u201d said Samantha Brittenham, who handles marketing for the Valley Shakespeare Festival. \u201cI was more than happy to come up here and help.\u201d Brittenham is from Stamford and has known Simonetti since high school. \u201cYou\u2019re bringing arts to the public, you\u2019re bringing it to the kids. \u2026 It\u2019s very, very important,\u201d Brittenham said. \u201cI did a show in Bridgeport and two little girls were off the stage talking,\u201d Simonetti said of a recent experience on stage. At that moment, he didn\u2019t have any lines to recite, so he listened a little. It turned out the two were talking intently about what was going on on the stage. \u201cThat has to happen somewhere in my hometown.\u201d Amy LaReau-Battaglia, originally from Shelton, is the director of education and a co-founder of the festival. She said that as an educator and having a background in opera and other arts, she has learned how important it is to keep art in children\u2019s lives. \u201cAs soon as we can, we will be putting together a program for kids,\u201d she said. \u201cSome of the research that I [have seen] is when students have access to the arts, they do exponentially better\u201d in school and in their lives. The third founder of the group is Stacy Carroll, originally from Derby, who has performed with the Strand Theatre, Youth CONNECTION and Shelton High School Drama club. According to festival organizers, community benefits to the event include having high school and college students participate in internship and apprentice programs; a Shakespeare for Seniors program\u00a0 with activities; and promoting the Naugatuck Valley\u2019s economic resources and businesses. The Valley Shakespeare Festival is currently applying for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. However, until the paperwork is complete, it is going through Fractured Atlas, which is sponsoring the festival. \u201cWe want to make this an annual event,\u201d said Simonetti. For more information visit vsfestival.org.