DERRY | Gilbert H. Hood Middle School music teacher Emily Johnson can play one mean alto saxophone.

Most of the school staff and student body may or may not already know this, but Johnson rocked Hood on Jan. 25 during the annual Faculty Follies as she performed Franz Wilhelm Ferling's Etude No. 18 for her fans.

Every year, the faculty at Hood puts individual and group talents in the spotlight, performing song, dance and comedy routines for students and their families.

The annual teachers' production began five years ago, and has become a tradition at the school. After a spaghetti dinner served up by the teachers, the audience then can sit back and enjoy the show | dinner theater style.

Johnson and her teaching associates at Hood took their talents to the stage for the annual faculty event and put their own strengths as singers, dancers and musicians out there for the student body to enjoy.

Other acts taking the stage were not quite as polished and were not meant to be. A Jazzercise routine had many of Hood's finest faculty taking up the roles of some not-as-engaged aerobic class participants.

With classic comedy like Abbott and Costello's famed "Who's on First" baseball routine, vocal solos and instrumental gems like the saxophone, bagpipes and even kazoos, teachers, staff and administrators entertained the audience with something for everyone. The faculty even formed a Faculty Band, playing Stevie Wonder selections.

According to Hood staffer Kathleen Holzman, this year's Follies went back to a talent show type of format instead of a complete play performance as had been done in years past.

Hood principal Austin Garofalo was part of a "Peter, Paul, and Mary" spoof, performing "Leaving for Sixth Grade" along with fellow staffers Joe Crawford and Kim Hogan.

He said it was time this year for an "administrative act" to take the stage.

Garofalo said this year's "Follies" format was a big winner with the crowd and it may be hard to go back to performing an entire play. He said some staff, who might just have an acting bug, can find something that would fit right in with the separate act/talent show format of this year's event.

"This year was so well received," he said, adding the show was filmed and edited and will be broadcast on the local Channel 6 in Derry.

Money raised at Hood's Faculty Follies went to benefit the Family Involvement/School Pride Committee, supporting student programs at the school.