There are some who thrive in the spotlight and Carla Adams is one of those people. When the spotlight is on her, there is nothing Carla can’t do. This description covers many aspects of her life, but it best describes her theater work.

At the age of 14, Carla was searching for an outlet. Deep down, she wanted to share her creative side with the world. She found that outlet in high school by joining an after-school theatre program. She knew she could act, but she also realized she loved every aspect of the theater—building sets, putting on makeup, designing costumes and writing. This is what she was searching for and the rest is history. Today, Carla has been involved in approximately 200 productions.

“One of the best things about being on stage is you get to tell the truth,” Carla said. “I love to act, but I also love being the boss. My goal some day is to run my own theatre. It’s great to grow up and learn with people who have the same interests because it is like an extension of your family.”

Recently, Carla directed the “The Complete History of America (Abridged).” It tells 600 years of American history in 90 minutes. It was presented by the Foothills Performing Arts at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir, NC.

Theater is not Carla’s only outlet. She is involved in a local writing group where she works with inspiring writers who want to share their stories and hone their craft. “There are so many stories I can tell about my life that someone once told me that I should write a book,” Carla added.

She and her group take experiences from their own lives and work on the best way to bring their stories to life. It is this group that is helping Carla write a short play about the auditioning process in the theatre industry and the obstacles some actors experience.

She credits her five years in the U.S. Army for pushing her to achieve and work for things she never thought were possible.

Carla is also president of the company’s Veterans Employee Resource Group in North America. It is designed to not only support CommScope employees who served in the armed forces by helping them with available personal/professional resources, but to also support veterans’ charities. Recently, the group collected more than 600 pounds of toiletries for displaced veterans in Houston, Texas that were displaced by Hurricane Harvey. This weekend, the group will take part in Purple Heart Homes. Employees from the Hickory, Catawba and Claremont, North Carolina facilities will donate their time to help two local disabled veterans with necessary home improvements.

“We’ve all made huge sacrifices for this country,” Adams said. “That’s why it is so important to give them something back and help them understand there are untapped benefits and resources available.”

Besides her creativity with theater and writing, and being a veteran of the U.S. Army, she also has time to give back to her community. Carla participates in a lunch buddy program. Once a week, Carla meets with a sixth grader a Grand View Middle School. The volunteer program places CommScope employees with kids who might not have the best home life. The volunteers provide the students with additional guidance and support, showing them that anything is possible if you get a good education and work hard.

Carla is proof that you can do anything you want, if you just put your mind to it.  She is the latest star to shine at CommScope. Keep on being amazing, Carla!

Carla

US Army veteran and CommScope employee, Carla Adams, gives back to her community by following her passions.

There are some who thrive in the spotlight and Carla Adams is one of those people. When the spotlight is on her, there is nothing Carla can’t do. This description covers many aspects of her life, but it best describes her theater work.

At the age of 14, Carla was searching for an outlet. Deep down, she wanted to share her creative side with the world. She found that outlet in high school by joining an after-school theatre program. She knew she could act, but she also realized she loved every aspect of the theater—building sets, putting on makeup, designing costumes and writing. This is what she was searching for and the rest is history. Today, Carla has been involved in approximately 200 productions.

“One of the best things about being on stage is you get to tell the truth,” Carla said. “I love to act, but I also love being the boss. My goal some day is to run my own theatre. It’s great to grow up and learn with people who have the same interests because it is like an extension of your family.”

Recently, Carla directed the “The Complete History of America (Abridged).” It tells 600 years of American history in 90 minutes. It was presented by the Foothills Performing Arts at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir, NC.

Theater is not Carla’s only outlet. She is involved in a local writing group where she works with inspiring writers who want to share their stories and hone their craft. “There are so many stories I can tell about my life that someone once told me that I should write a book,” Carla added.

She and her group take experiences from their own lives and work on the best way to bring their stories to life. It is this group that is helping Carla write a short play about the auditioning process in the theatre industry and the obstacles some actors experience.

She credits her five years in the U.S. Army for pushing her to achieve and work for things she never thought were possible.

Carla is also president of the company’s Veterans Employee Resource Group in North America. It is designed to not only support CommScope employees who served in the armed forces by helping them with available personal/professional resources, but to also support veterans’ charities. Recently, the group collected more than 600 pounds of toiletries for displaced veterans in Houston, Texas that were displaced by Hurricane Harvey. This weekend, the group will take part in Purple Heart Homes. Employees from the Hickory, Catawba and Claremont, North Carolina facilities will donate their time to help two local disabled veterans with necessary home improvements.

“We’ve all made huge sacrifices for this country,” Adams said. “That’s why it is so important to give them something back and help them understand there are untapped benefits and resources available.”

Besides her creativity with theater and writing, and being a veteran of the U.S. Army, she also has time to give back to her community. Carla participates in a lunch buddy program. Once a week, Carla meets with a sixth grader a Grand View Middle School. The volunteer program places CommScope employees with kids who might not have the best home life. The volunteers provide the students with additional guidance and support, showing them that anything is possible if you get a good education and work hard.

Carla is proof that you can do anything you want, if you just put your mind to it.  She is the latest star to shine at CommScope. Keep on being amazing, Carla!