Citizen of the Week: Chase Parker

Fans of local theater will recognize Chase Parker's name. He has acted in, directed or served as set designer for dozens of plays in Dalton and beyond.

But he has played some of his biggest roles behind the scenes, helping to keep the area's volunteer theatrical community going.

For instance, Parker is the president of the board of directors of the Dalton Little Theatre, a Dalton institution for 150 years. That's a position with big responsibilities but no pay.

"Everyone here is a volunteer," said Margaret Zeisig, the board's secretary. "There's no paid staff."

As board president, Parker oversees the overall operations of the theater. But Zeisig says no job is too small for Parker to take on if it needs to be done.

"He changes light bulbs. He unclogs toilets," Zeisig said. "We are proud of the plays we put on and of the actors who perform in that. But for those plays to go on, you have to have strong people behind the scenes. We are celebrating our 150th anniversary. We wouldn't have lasted so long without strong volunteers, and Chase is a very good example of the sort of people who have contributed to Dalton Little Theatre."

Parker is also one of the founders of the Conasauga Shakespeare Coalition, a not-for-profit performing arts organization dedicated primarily to the collected works of William Shakespeare. The group presented free productions of "Henry V" earlier this year at the Burr Performing Arts Park.

For his many valuable efforts to bring live theater to the residents of Dalton and the surrounding area, the Daily Citizen-News names Chase Parker Citizen of the Week.

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