By People Staff
July 17, 1978 12:00 PM

Jack Everly was a 12-year-old piano student when Carol Channing first brought Hello Dolly! to the Great White Way. Fourteen years later in her revival of the classic, Jack is the show’s musical director—and the youngest in any Broadway pit. Everly is not related to the rockabilly brothers, but his mother was a pianist. He recalls that “at 6 I was enamored of what seemed to me a monstrous baby grand in the family living room.” He began lessons and by 13 made his professional debut playing a Haydn concertino with the local Richmond (Ind.) Symphony. He majored in piano and opera production at Indiana University and was performing at the Six Flags Great Adventure Amusement Park in New Jersey last spring when he was tapped as pianist and assistant conductor for the national touring company of Channing’s Dolly. Four months into the tour, the conductor left for another show and Jack took over the baton. He had five more months on the road to get accustomed to his new eminence, but he still found bringing the show into New York “a numbing experience. We had had 15 other opening nights, but none was as exciting as Broadway.” He can now admit, “At some points that night I couldn’t hear the music. My arms just went by themselves.”

Dorina Vaccaroni of Venice, Italy began fencing at 5 and four years later entered her first competition. She won and immediately decided, “It wasn’t enough to be champion of Venice.” Now she is slashing her way to titles all over the world. This year, at 14, she has won the Italian (under 21) championship and first place in the International Invitational (women’s foil division) in New York. Aiming for the 1980 Olympics, Dorina says confidently, “I don’t think there’s anybody I can’t beat.” Her older brother, also a fencer, agrees, noting, “She’s colder than I am, more calculating.” Her mother, who runs a haberdashery near the Piazza San Marco, suggests the only problem is that her 5’6″, 99-pound daughter may get bored with the sport. Dorina herself admits, “I don’t want to be just a fencer, even if I could make a career of it.” An accomplished flutist (her father is a music professor), she is also interested in drawing and attends the Istituto d’Arte. “But I’m behind right now because I’ve been away a lot for tournaments. In fact,” she smiles, “I even failed gym.”

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