Dinner Theater

Amy Adams started her professional acting career in dinner theater. What is dinner theater, you may ask. It is a theater at which dinner is included in the price of admission. According to Amy, they first serve food and then perform a play.

Amy got her start at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre 1994 in Boulder, Colorado and also worked at Country Dinner Playhouse in Denver (now closed). When she moved to Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Adams landed a job with the prestigious Chanhassen Dinner Theater in 1996, the largest dinner theater in the country, where she worked for three years. She took a short leave from the theater to appear in the locally filmed Drop Dead Gorgeous. From there, she made the move to Los Angeles in 1999 and went on to star in a number of movies and TV shows.

Amy Adams tells Interview magazine:

“The one where I started, we waited tables and then we would get up and do A Chorus Line. The problem was, of course, that the show is performed without intermission, so when are people going to get their dessert? This was always a big problem! I was a really bad waitress, but I had the time of my life there. That show lasted for three months, and then I went to another theater which has since closed. Eventually I ended up in Minnesota at a theater company where you did not have to wait tables. But it was always remarkable to me how talented the people in these theaters were. When I arrived at Chanhassen in Minnesota I was stunned – the dancers were awesome and all of them could sing. I ended up staying there for three years. There were times when I first arrived in Los Angeles where I would pine for that time when I knew exactly what was in front of me, and every day was the same. I really loved that security and schedule. The people I worked with there were also a great family to me. They spoiled me, and then I come out to Los Angeles and whew!”

Boulder’s Dinner Theatre performances:
A Chrous Line (came in as a replacement)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Country Dinner Playhouse performances:
Anything Goes

Chanhassen performances and start dates:
Crazy for You, February 2, 1996 (came in as a replacement)
State Fair, January 31, 1997
Brigadoon, January 30: 1998
Good News, November 6, 1998 (left midway through show’s run to pursue Hollywood career)