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ARTIST OF THE WEEK

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“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is the classic television special that comes on every holiday season. Thisisthe cast bringingit to lifeat Richmond Civic Theatre.
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Derek Summan, left, and Shelly Wambo practicetheir roles for “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” whichopens atthe Richmond Civic Theatre Friday.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

Derek Summan loves nothing more than to bring a story to life.

That is why the Connersville man is an actor. This month, he is playing a role in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Richmond Civic Theatre, which starts Friday.

This is the classic television special that comes on every holiday season. At RCT, he plays Shermy.

“Even though it’s a smaller part, it is still a lot of fun,” Summan said. “This is a great show for the whole family to come see – makes a great Christmas gift. The show itself is about a half hour long. There will be some fantastic pre-show singing to get you in the holiday spirit.”

It’s far from Summan’s first time on stage. A few of the many productions in which he’s played a role include “Diary of Anne Frank,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Hairspray,” “Les Mis,” “White Christmas,” and “A Few Good Men.”

The “theater bug” bit him when he did a Readers Theatre performance, Summan said.

 

“I would say I really started acting in high school when I was in school plays and musicals. I was in Skit Squad in middle school,” Summan said. “When I was younger, I was involved in church pageants and sang in the children’s choir.”

Summan, whose job is as HR and payroll clerk for the Fayette County auditor, said he enjoys performing in musicals. He loves the energy he gets from the songs and choreography.

“It makes it fun for not only the ones on stage, but the audience as well. there are many things I enjoy about it. The smiles on people’s faces when they tell you and your fellow actors how much joy the performance brought to them; the people that you meet and the friendships that you make; the message(s) behind the stories that you bring to life.”

Summan encourages people to get into acting.

“If you’re wanting to try your hand at acting – go for it! You never know until you try,” he said. “If you audition and don’t get a part, there are other areas of the theater to get involved in until your next audition.” 

IF YOU GO:

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Richmond Civic Theatre, 1003 E. Main St., Richmond

Shows: Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9, 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: Adults: $18, students and senior citizens, $15, Group rate (10 or more): $13

For tickets call the box office at 765-962-1816 or online at www.gorct.org