Melissa Adams has devoted much of her life to theater, and in recent years she's led local troupes to commended performances at the state's theater conference.
In three of the last four years, including this one, an ensemble directed by Adams has excelled at the Georgia Theatre Conference competition and earned the right to compete at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. The conferences have several categories, including one for community theater.
At this year's conference, conducted in mid-October at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Adams and her cast and crew executed "The Lion in Winter" with aplomb, including wins for best ensemble, best actor (Chase Parker as Henry II) and best supporting actor (Zack Jordan as Richard). Their next step will be the Southeastern Theatre Conference early next year in Louisville.
Before that, however, "The Lion in Winter" is being performed on the Dalton Little Theatre stage this weekend. Remaining performances are today at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. While the competition edition is limited to only an hour, the DLT performances are the full play.
Adams first became enamored of theater in high school and was an integral part of the DLT for two decades until she became the drama director at Murray County High School. Since retiring, she's shifted focus back to the DLT, including directing the annual competition shows.
She routinely brought her Murray County High School students to the state competition, and she enjoys returning with community theater participants. Many members of this cast and crew have worked alongside Adams for years, dating back to their own high school days, and they've become a family, which only enhances their ability to excel theatrically.
For her previous, and ongoing, efforts in theater in northwest Georgia, the Daily Citizen-News names Melissa Adams Citizen of the Week.