Sally Hail has loved theater since she was a little girl, studying voice, acting, and dance from the age of 7 on. In 5th grade, she staged her own production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves", writing and directing her version which was performed in front of the entire school. Her past teachers and mentors include:Timothy Mussard and Elaine Webster, both graduates of The Music Academy of the West and students of Martial Singher. Sally also studied with Jan Linder, an instructor of the Speech Level Singing technique. She attended college in Santa Barbara where she studied vocal performance, choral music and acting. After becoming a hairdresser, she worked in Equity Theater as a hair stylist and as a production assistant for the Santa Barbara Theater Festival. Sally learned the ins and outs of stage production during her time with the Festival, and has served in every crew position from sound to props.
Sally moved to Hollister in 1999 and became active in the homeschooling community, founding a cooperative called the Learning Circle while schooling her two children, Sara and Jeremy. But she couldn’t stay away from theater for long. She auditioned for "The Sound of Music" in 2001, and her vocal skills landed her the role of Maria. It was there that her dream finally took off. Since that first show, Sally has acted, directed, been vocal director, and crewed on over 35 plays in the community. She jokes that theater is: “my drug of choice”.
Her career working with children started right after that first play. Eric Johnson, principal of Southside School, asked her if she would like to run a children’s choir for the school, she said yes, and the rest as they say is history. “Children are amazing to work with, they have open hearts and open minds, and they really do think the sky is the limit. Working with children seems to be a good fit for me, as I share in those same philosophies.” The core of Sally’s program is a document written in the 40’s called the Theatre Code of Ethics written by Kathleen Freeman. “Although the subject is theater, you can easily transfer any of it into real life.”
Sally continued sharing her passion for music as a private vocal coach, and soon began directing teen and youth musicals at the San Benito Stage Company. She brought a creativity and professionalism to her productions that both children and adults loved. Audiences responded and her plays received stellar reviews. Her production of "Footloose" received the SBTC Best Show of 2008 award. Soon she was employed directing student plays at local schools, as well as teaching chorus and acting camp classes.
Sally founded Limelight Productions in 2008 with Jessica Smiley of West Coast Dance FX. Limelight offers a full range of theatrical experiences for young adults, with seasonal plays, workshops and musical summercamp. Sally became the sole director of Limelight in 2011 and continues to share her vision with the youth of Hollister. Striving to teach not only performance skills but also real world lessons in teamwork, organization and commitment, Sally treats every young performer like a star. Her ability to communicate her enthusiasm for the theater keeps her kids coming back.
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