Togas were in abundance and the Middlebrook School auditorium was packed with parents, students and staff who came to watch the sixth grade yellow team perform during this year’s Greco-Roman Festival on Thursday, May 19.

During the festival, which has been a tradition at the school for about 20 years, students perform plays from ancient times.

Social studies teacher Luisa Nanos said the festival gives students an opportunity to not only practice public speaking skills and learn about ancient literature, but also have fun while honoring ancient Greece — the birthplace of theater.

Performances included Agamemnon, The Furies, Pandora's Box, Romulus and Remus, and Julius Caesar.

Before the live performances, each team teacher directed a play and held rehearsals each day for approximately three weeks.

Nanos said not only do the students act on stage, but they also run the show backstage, making it “a truly impressive team effort.”

There was also a reception of Greek and Italian appetizers and desserts, provided by team parents and coordinated by Nicola Davies, Andress Pettibone, and Reena Theratti.