July 28, 1948
December 2, 2006
JANE RIGGS INSALACO,
of North Little Rock, age 58, passed away on Saturday, Dec.2, 2006,
from renal cell cancer at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Sally
was born in North Little Rock on July 28, 1948.
Coming from a family of talented musicians and artists, Sally enjoyed
an illustrious professional career. While a senior at North Little Rock
High School, she was one of four student directors chosen to compose
and direct the all-school musical called the Wild Cat Follies. As a
result of this, she was selected for the BFA program at the Arkansas
Arts Center, which overlapped her senior year of high school. She was
an original member of the Arkansas Ballet Company under the direction
of Manolo Agullo. In 1966, at the age of 18, she was accepted into the
company of the Dallas State Fair Musicals and performed in many productions
including Sweet Charity and Annie Get Your Gun. Sally then went to New
York and was hired for the David Merrick Production of Hello Dolly starring
Dorothy Lamour National Touring Company and continued to work with internationally
renowned producers David Merrick and Joseph Papp. Arkansas welcomed
Sally home when the Hello Dolly production appeared at Robinson Auditorium
in Little Rock with a Hello Sally Day. She was proclaimed an Arkansas
Traveler and given the key to the city of Little Rock as well as a Sally
Riggs Day proclamation in North Little Rock. Following this, Sally performed
on Broadway in the production of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidts
Celebration. She was a member of the prestigious British Actors
Equity and while in London she co-starred on British Television, including
The Roger Whittaker Show and Till Death Us Do Part. Following this,
Sally was Ballet Mistress and cast member in the original Robert Stigwood
production of Andrew Lloyd Webbers Jesus Christ Superstar at the
Palace Theater in London. Later she was selected for the Jesus Christ
Superstar Touring Choir which performed for European Royalty including
Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1974 Sally returned to North Little Rock and opened Studio One for
the Performing Arts which became one of the premier dance studios in
Arkansas for many years. Sally touched and influenced literally thousands
of young dance students. Her students were featured at the 1984 Worlds
Fair, Riverfest, Arkansas State Capitol, New York Venues and many other
events. In 1986 she choreographed the Arkansas Sesquicentennial at War
Memorial Stadium. Her last professional performance was in the leading
role of the musical Chicago at the Arkansas Repertory Theater. She choreographed
the Arkansas Gridiron for many years and was selected as an original
member of Arkansas Women of Style.
Upon her retirement from dance, a Sally Riggs Insalaco Day was again
proclaimed in North Little Rock for her many contributions to her community.
She served on the Board of many organizations including the Historic
Arkansas Museum and president of the Arkansas Dance Network. Sally was
also an accomplished pianist and performed in many parts of the world
For the past 30 years, Sally cherished her participation in the First
United Methodist Church. She was a member of the choir, the hand bell
choir and chair of the finance and worship committees.
In 1984 Sally and husband Vincent formed the Family Entertainment Superstore
Company, which grew to 50 stores in 3 states before being sold in 2002.
Most recently Sally and husband Vincent formed Downstream People Productions,
which just finished filming the movie War Eagle in Northwest Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Novelle Riggs,
and favorite aunt, Mildred Davis. Sally is survived by her husband of
32 years, Vincent; daughter, Elizabeth; son, Vincent III and wife Misty;
granddaughter, Mary Angelina; and soon to be born granddaughter, Isabella
Rose. Sally also is survived by brother, Lt. Colonel Gene Riggs, Jr.
and wife, Jane, of Bossier City, La., sister, Julia Maglothin and husband
Lt. Colonel Raymond Maglothin of Birmingham, Ala.; and brother, Jack
Riggs and wife Janell of North Little Rock; nephews, Gene Riggs and
wife Sarah of Lincoln, Neb., Mark Maglothin and wife Karen, of Tulsa,
Okla., Rick Gregory and wife Laura of Bogota, Tenn.; nieces, Dana Todd
and husband David of Shreveport, La., Robin Ferguson and husband Mike
of Birmingham, Ala., Terry Maglothin of Ozark, Ala., Mollie Riggs of
Memphis; and cousin Barbara Pitts and husband Jim of Sherwood.
The Insalaco family would like to extend our deepest appreciation to
Dr. Brad Baltz, of Little Rock, and nurse Jan Black, the Oncology Ward
Staff at the Baptist Medical Center, Drs. Haley Shaw and Ron Kuhn of
North Little Rock, Dr. Robert Figlin and Research Director Nancy Maldower
and the Kidney Cancer Oncology Clinic at UCLA and the UCLA Medical Tiverton
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, from 6 - 8 p.m., at
First United Methodist Church, 6701 JFK Blvd., in North Little Rock,
Ark. (501) 835-2201. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Dec.
6, 2006, at 11 a.m., at the same location. Officiating will be The Reverend
Mary Hoey, assisted by the Reverend Steven Copley and Dr. Ben Jordan.
Arrangements made by Roller Owens Funeral Home of North Little Rock
(501) 791-7400. Interment will follow at Griffin-Leggett Rest Hills
Cemetery, on Hwy 67/167. The family will receive visitors at home following
Memorials may be made to the Sally Riggs Insalaco Performing Arts Scholarship
Fund in care of the Arkansas Community Foundation 700 S. Rock, Little
Rock, Ark., 72202.