Actress Amy Adams got her professional start as a dancer at Country Dinner Playhouse and Boulder's Dinner Theatre.
"She was this fantastic young talent," said Paul Dwyer, who performed with her at Country Dinner and is now its artistic director. "She was just like a ball of fire."
Adams did three shows at Country Dinner in the mid-'90s and waited tables as a Barnstormer. At Boulder's Dinner Theatre, Adams played Christine to Brian Norber's Al in "A Chorus Line". In the play, after Christine makes the first cut in auditions, she hugs her husband. One night, her fingernail plunged into Norber's cheek. He bled onstage.
"Don't think, at every party I'm at, I won't say (what happened) when someone brings up Amy Adams," Norber said.
Adams left Colorado in her early 20s. When she was a student at Douglas County High School, she didn't participate in drama.
"I was a dancer," she said. "I've definitely let it slip. My focus has been elsewhere of late."