Karlia Bertness and Lucy Furuheim perform in the Red Octopus Theatre Company’s annual holiday event, “The Christmas Show!” on stage at the Newport Performing Arts Center on Dec. 16 and 17. (Photo by Chris Graamans)

Red Octopus Theatre Company’s annual holiday event, “The Christmas Show!” is back. Audiences of all ages are invited to celebrate the joy of the season with family-friendly comedy, Christmas music, hot chocolate, homemade cookies, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a sprinkling of holiday magic.

This year’s event features the brand new, joyfully funny holiday comedy “It’s a Wonderful Carol, Actually,” directed by Darcy Lawrence. The fictitious Westside Community Players have decided to stage a live production of Frank Capra’s classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” When a winter storm takes out a bridge, leaving most of the cast stranded in another town, it’s up to the show’s stage manager and a rag-tag group of crew members, ushers and the audience to save the day. After all, the show must go on. But between the jilted actor who is still bitter about not having been cast, the spotlight-stealing vocalist determined to turn the show into a musical, and the wealthy philanthropist who can’t quite remember which Christmas film she’s reenacting, will they be able to?

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