JMS performed the musical, Annie Jr. this past December. We interviewed the three teachers who started it all. First, we met with the Co-Advisors, Mrs. Scalera and Mrs. Dell'Erba. Then, we met with the Music Coordinator, Mr. Verderber.
Q: Why did you pick Annie Jr. as the play?
Mrs. Scalera: Because we knew we had a lot of talented people and we wanted a big cast.
Mrs. Dell'Erba: It's a classic that everyone likes and we knew that there were a lot of talented girls who would want to play Annie.
Q: What inspired you to become teachers?
Mrs. S: My High School English teacher inspired me and I wanted to combine my love of reading and my enjoyment of being in front of people.
Mrs. D: I love to read and write, and I wanted to show that to people.
Mr. Verderber: I've always loved singing, especially in Chorus - since I was in Elementary School. I had a great High School Chorus teacher who gave me many opportunities to sing and inspired me to be a teacher.
Q: What type of people are you looking for in order to perform in the play(s)?
Mrs. S: We are looking for people who sing well, speak clearly, and are unafraid to try new things.
Mrs. D: We are looking for people who are outgoing, who can speak clearly, and are able to act and sing.
Mr. V: When we look for students to be in the ensemble, we want students who are not only strong singers, but who can also act out what they are singing while they are on stage.
Q: What were your favorite things to do during your childhood?
Mrs. S: My favorite things to do were to read, act and travel.
Mrs. D: I loved to read, play the flute, and I loved going to Broadway shows.
Mr. V: I loved being in shows and participating in all sorts of musical events.
Q: If you couldn't be teachers, what career would you have chosen?
Mrs. S: I would have become an actress.
Mrs. D: I would have become a publisher.
Mr. V: That's tough because I don't remember a time when I didn't want to be a music teacher. I guess I would have liked being a chef, because I love to cook at home.
Q: How long have you taught at Jericho?
Mrs. S: I have been teaching in Jericho for 24 years.
Mrs. D: I have been teaching in Jericho for 24 years. This is my 25th.
Mr. V: This is my 23rd year teaching in the Jericho School District.
Q: Were you ever in, or did you ever audition for any plays?
Mrs. S: Yes, I was in a lot of plays.
Mrs. D: No, unfortunately not, but I helped backstage and played in the orchestra when it was a musical.
Mr. V: Yes, in Junior High, High School, and College too.
Q: What was the greatest amount of people in a play here at Jericho?
Mrs. S and Mrs. D: 35 people
Question for Mrs. Scalera and Mrs. Dell'Erba: Which one is harder to direct, a play or a musical?
Mrs. S: A play, because students are more motivated in musicals than in plays.
Mrs. D: A play, because it's just making students more focused on their parts.
Question for Mr. Verderber: Whose job do you think is harder, yours or Mrs. Scalera's and Mrs. Dell'Erba's?
Mr. V: Mrs. Scalera and Mrs. Dell'Erba coordinate everything for the show. I just have to worry about the music. I don't think one is necessarily harder than the other, but they have many more things to keep track of for the production.