Mrs. Sandy Stones
Sandy Stones’ energy and enthusiasm are hard to beat! Mrs. Stones has performed, taught theatre and directed numerous productions over the past 30 years. Her passion of directing began as a youth as she accompanied her father to work at CBS where he was a sound engineer and camera man on The Carol Burnett Show, Price Is Right, Young and the Restless, and many other television productions.
Mrs. Stones began directing at the age of 19, attended BYU, and went on to graduate from ASU as well as the Southwest Shakespeare Conservatory. She began her career as a freelance director for schools and theatre companies, she ran the Theatrical Academy for Youth for Gilbert Fine Arts Association, and was one of the founders of Gilbert Youth Theatre. In the summer, Mrs. Stones directs "Magic of Music and Dance", a musical theater program for students with special needs.
At Mesa High Mrs. Stones teaches theatre arts, directs the Main Stage productions, co-directs the Speech and Debate team, runs Student Council and she is having a blast!
In 2008-2009, Sandy Stones was proudly named Teacher of the Year by Wal Mart Inc., and in 2011-2012 she was awarded the Teacher of Distinction award from the Coca Cola Foundation.
Over the past nine years she has been at Mesa High, the plays, musicals, musical numbers and one-acts Mesa High has performed have received Superior Ratings at Regional, State, and National Competitions. Mrs. Stones' students have received numerous state and national awards in acting. 2007 Josh Gonzales and in 2011 Jonathan Stones received “Best Actor in the State of Arizona”. 2009/2010 Katie Cook, Adriene Duggar, Danielle Flowers, and Nick Greenleaf received national awards for their outstanding performances in "See How They Run" and "Guys and Dolls." Four of Mesa High’s most recent Main Stage Fall productions earned “Best in State” and two were selected to perform for the Educational Theatre Association’s Arizona State Festival (State Thespian Festival) at the Phoenix Civic Plaza. The production “Cash On Delivery” received “Best In State” and was invited to perform at Nationals. "See How They Run" and "Guys and Dolls" also earned highest honors and national recognition for superior performances.
2010/2011 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat received the honor of "Best In State", was performed at the Phoenix Civic Plaza, and received a plaque and special recognition by Mayor Smith--the Mayor of the city of Mesa. In January the show was performed three times in the IKEDA theatre at the Mesa Arts Center to completely sold-out audiences. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat also received National Recognition as it was nominated in 6 categories by the National Youth Theater Awards--Best Actor: Jonathan Stones; Best Supporting Actor: Mark Lorenzen; Best Director: Sandy Stones and Calli Overstreet; Best Scenic Design: Darrin and Annette Wilkins and Denise Gonzales; Best Costume Design: Rochelle Cisneros; Best Ensemble: Entire Cast!
The most important part of Sandy’s life is her extremely patient and loving family who puts up with all of her endless endeavors! She wouldn’t be able to accomplish all that she does without their love and support.