Lower School Operetta Brings Pure Joy to McAneny Stage

The Lower School worked hard to put together this year’s Operetta, A Room Full of Stars, and their pride and excitement was on display as they performed for live audiences on the big stage this week! With a combination of timeless songs like David Naughton’s Makin’ It and PDS original tunes, and an exuberant cast of fourth graders as well as a very special rendition of Hound Dog by Head of School Paul “Elvis” Stellato, the entertaining show appealed to all ages and was bursting with joy from start to finish. 

Head of School Paul “Elvis” Stellato performing on McAneny Stage in A Room Full of Stars, this year’s Fourth Grade Operetta 

Over the years, the annual Fourth Grade Operettas have consistently provided energetic performances by all of the students. In an in-character “Behind the Scenes” video shown during the performance, it was clear that the cherished memories and the skills the students developed rehearsing and producing their own musical would last a lifetime.

This year’s Operetta may seem familiar to some of this year’s seniors and Princeton Day School  community members because it was performed by the Class of 2022 when they were fourth graders! Those original performers will have the opportunity to share their memories with the Fourth Grade, and the entire Upper School, on Friday, March 11 during the Upper School Operetta Sing Along. 

Lower School music teacher Julia Beckmann says, “I'm always amazed at how quickly this performance comes together. It truly takes a village for this production, and I'm so grateful to our Stage Director Christina Kosyla, the 4th Grade team and the 4th Grade families for all the work they did to make this happen!”

Enjoy these photos from “A Room Full of Stars!”

Front and Back of the Lower School Operetta program

Interior pages of the Lower School Operetta program

More News