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  • Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.
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    Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.
  • Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.
    Photo Provided
    Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.
  • Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.
    Photo Provided
    Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.
  • Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.
    Photo Provided
    Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.

Spencer Humm Is “Home For Christmas” In Annual Holiday Performance

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December 5, 2017

Get ready for a rousing holiday spectacular like none other when Spencer Humm’s annual Christmas special comes to the Chesapeake Arts Center from December 9 through 17. Audiences can expect an intimate show in the charming 100-seat black-box theater, with plenty of live music, comedy and holiday cheer. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the show, Humm will take a partially retrospective look back at performances of the last decade and a half.

“This year, we’re celebrating our 15th anniversary,” said Humm. “Want to know a secret? As I’m doing the math and looking at all the old files and scripts, our 15th anniversary show is actually the 16th Christmas special. I’m going to have to come clean with the audience about that at some point. It’s easy to lose track after a decade and a half of shows!”

Aside from looking back, this year’s show, “Home for Christmas,” will unite performers and the audience as they laugh and remember what is best about the holidays.

“Hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder are the things that we celebrate during the darkest weeks of winter,” he added. “We’re offering a fun romp of an evening to remind everyone why we love this special time of year and why it’s good to be alive no matter what we struggle with out in the world.”

To counter what he feels has been a difficult year for many people, Humm said this show will try to help people find their way back to something that feels good and right about the season, thus the title, “Home for Christmas.”

Humm and Duncan Pace, this year’s director, have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder. Maia Rodriguez is the musical director and will be back with her original song, “Christmas Light,” as well as a new surprise or two.

The show’s featured vocalist will be Mosno-Al Moseeki, an American immigrant from Africa. Moseeki will put his world-music spin on tunes like “Deck the Halls” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to get audiences on their feet.

“Every year is like opening a present,” said Humm. “You never know what beautiful work of musicality or hilarity some unassuming artistic genius in the cast will roll up with. I give them a direction to go in, and someone always surprises us with something wonderful.”

Thinking back over 15 Christmas shows, Humm said, “It’s like a party that we’ve been throwing since 2002. Some of the idioms and traditions of the show include throwing sock monkeys to the audience, our ‘Christmas ninja’ stagehands, milk and cookies, and appearances by our grizzly bear, Tchaikovsky. Expect interactive comedy, juggling, magic, and maybe even a few tears will be shed. Most of all, expect to be enthused with the spirit of the season!”

Though he now lives in Florida, Humm called Maryland his “happy place” that always draws him back. “Baltimore, the Maryland Renaissance Festival, Magooby’s [Joke House], ComedySportz and all the venues up here are the ones I love and have spent the most time in,” he said.

When he was a kid, Humm always enjoyed the old television Christmas specials that would come on just once each year.

“Before the age of VCRs and DVRs, these shows, which featured celebrity entertainers, had a live feeling to them as they were broadcast across the country for a single night,” he remembered. “We would gather around the tiny color TV and watch as a family, and we would know that, in that moment, families all around the neighborhood and, indeed the whole country, were watching that same show with us. I love that kind of togetherness. It was a fleeting and magical event.”

Humm added, “I hope that at this special time of year, when the night is longest and the weather is coldest, that people will remember to laugh, appreciate, sing, share and hope, and, of course, I hope they’ll come do that with us.”

Humm also hopes to support some of our area’s less fortunate residents through his Christmas show. Guests are invited to bring dry and canned nonperishable food items, new or gently used winter clothing, gift cards or monetary donations to any of the December shows to leave in the collection bins to support the Maryland Food Bank and the Interfaith Works Clothing Center in Rockville, Maryland.

Voice readers will receive $5 off tickets when using discount code VOICE2017 at www.christmasspecialshow.com. The Chesapeake Arts Center is located at 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park.


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