Bedford Avenue and Quentin Road
Brooklyn, NY
class of 1955
photos
and
memories
by
Joel
Aronson
and
Arnold
Werner
Sing...Sing...Sing!
The photo and captions (text below) in this Scholastic Roto magazine cover article from March 1955 explain the Sing quite clearly. The photos and story were produced by me and my good friend, classmate and colleague, Arnold Werner. It was our first professional, nationally published, photojournalistic assignment - not too shabby for two 17 year old kids! At the bottom of this page you can see the correspondence and the big money we got for our efforts. Click on any of these Scholastic Roto images to view them in a gallery. Or, you can click here to jump to the Sing! gallery.
STUDENTS AT MADISON HIGH, Brooklyn, N. Y., have a novel twist for their annual musical show. Four classes create independent, competing skits that run for three performances under the overall title, SING! Committees on costumes, music and dance numbers, story ideas, etc., are set up, casts chosen. Rehearsals run for 3 months. Lyrics must be original, while music is sometimes "borrowed."
Faculty Adviser plays an important role as coordinator -a tricky job!- and a panel of 14 teachers and alumni rotate to select the winning skit. The auditorium is jammed for every performance; climax is "judging night," which is practically hysterical. Award is glory and a coveted pennant, and all the proceeds go into a War Memorial fund which helps to finance needy students.
High point of SING! is judging panel's award. Supporters applaud wildly, do triumphal snake dance, later parade in street.
Props and scenery teams set to work with a will. The students display skill and ingenuity to stay within the $25 budget allotted to each class for prop materials.
Edy Filler, senior at Madison, brings down house with take-off on painters currently redecorating school. Here she sings "We Ain't Gonna Need This School No More."
Sophs razz seniors about their mannerisms, clothes and general acting-up around school. This year the seniors set a record by winning their third consecutive SING!
Antics of Judy Resnick in jailbird stripes are a hit. She sings "Authority," a tirade on abuse of power by Madison's mortgagers.
Letters from June Herman, the editor of Scholastic Roto, (left) noting her interest in our Sing project, and (right) followup of acceptance for our picture story and a check for $50 each for Arny Werner and myself. Not bad for several hundred hours of work. We hit the Big Time! Click on any of these Scholastic Roto images to view them in a gallery.

What about after the Log?