A cast of 51 performed in this year's 4th Grade Operetta for an enthusiastic audience on Wednesday, March 6 in the McAneny Theater. Check out a Flickr album with photos of the production ...
The Superetta! tells the story of a group of comic book devotees, known as The CBC, struggling to create a comic book of their own and determine which super powers their new characters should possess. They get to meet the greatest superheroes and villains in the universe, with the goal of creating original "super" identities of their own.
Through their process of investigation, discovery and creativity, the members of The CBC learn a lot about each other and themselves. Their adventure is infused with tuneful energy in the form of a spectacular soul revue, stirring anthems, a hip-hop classic and Broadway belters.
Teacher and author of The Superetta! script Daniel Cohen says, "The PDS fourth grade operetta has been a tradition for over 20 years. I've had the pleasure to write the last five scripts and was preceded by the reigning queen of operetta writing, current middle school teacher Cindy Peifer. I love writing the operetta because it gives me a chance to give the students a voice on stage unlike any they have had before, but more importantly, the process of producing the show creates a very special community within our 4th grade that celebrates creativity, risk-taking, collaboration and fun."
Music Director and choreographer Julia Beckmann exclaimed, "This was my first Operetta and I had a blast! I did not know what to expect, but I was amazed at how the 4th Graders stepped up. I saw each and every student grow tremendously in their acting, singing, dancing, and confidence! I also felt that I had grown as well. I learned so much from working with my wonderful team of teachers and I cannot wait to see what's in store for next year!"
The show was written by Daniel Cohen and directed by Annie Bryson, with music direction and choreography by Julia Beckmann and piano accompaniment by Amy Zakar. Ben Malone provided technical design, and all the fourth grade teachers—Cohen, Kira Dudeck, Erin Pelc and Jennifer Vradenburgh—provided instructional guidance and support. A supporting cast of parent volunteers coordinated costumes and props.
... Check out a short video with a few excerpts from operetta songs below, and see our Flickr album for photos of the production by Nancy Erickson.
– Justin Goldberg