Christeson admits his acting skills come in handy occasionally in his role as a member of the Pleasant Grove City Council.
"Acting is as much trying to convey an opinion to someone as anything," Christeson, said.
He said it has been enlightening to serve as a councilman - to learn what makes the city tick and what happens to people's tax dollars. "You can't be everything to everybody, but you can be something," he said.
Which is, perhaps, why his stage work is so appealing: here, at one time or another, he can work on being everything and everybody. Christeson, who founded the Pleasant Grove Players in 1984, serves as producer, chairman of the board of directors, set builder, costume designer, director and, often, cast member. He also stars in other organizations' theater productions. He has played the bishop in "See How They Run," Daddy Warbucks in "Annie," Mr. Hobbs in "Fauntleroy" and Oscar in "The Odd Couple."
His favorite role was Oscar, but he denies that he was typecast.
"I'm not a slob," Christeson said.
The performance, however, was good enough to win him the 1987 Best Actor award from the Utah Valley Theatre Guild.
Nor is he a drunken driver, although he played one in a commercial for the Utah Highway Patrol.
"People have stopped me and said, `You're that drunk on TV,' " Christeson said. "There is a little showoff in everybody, but for me, it is to take a part you're not and make it believable (apparently, in the case of the drunken driver, he succeeded). It's a challenge. Performing is something you either like or you don't. And I like it."