Holiday magic coming to the PAC


A magical, one-night-only holiday celebration is coming to the Newport Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 22, beginning at 7 p.m.

People are invited to celebrate the joy of Christmas with music, holiday plays, Christmas cookies, hot cocoa and a sprinkling of holiday magic.

This family friendly event, presented by Red Octopus Theatre Company and hosted by musical comedy duo The Tequila Mockingbirds, features the premiere of seven fully-staged holiday-themed short plays, plenty of Christmas music and a special intermission party where ticket holders can enjoy free hot chocolate and an incredible selection of homemade Christmas cookies.

Production directors Darcy Hogan and Melissa MacDonald are hoping to make this Christmas event an annual tradition.

“It's a night to relax, savor some tasty treats and delight in the spirit of the holiday season,” said Hogan, "Our hope is to bring something new to the celebration each December. This year, it's seven world-premiere short plays. Future years may feature other offerings — full length plays, dance, comedy, magical surprises … who knows?"

The production features some of the coast's finest talent, including Pete Theodore, Cody Larsen, Adrien Fraser, Karlia Bertness, Minda Stiles, Nikki Atkins, Joshua Lawrence, Akia Woods, Scott Branchfield, CJ McCarty, Cooper Theodore, Jami Ivory, William Derik Webster, Stacy Fisher, Mandy Carter, Lucy Furuheim and The Tequila Mockingbirds (Mona Lott and Coco Divine).

Earlier this year, Red Octopus Theatre Company put out a call for holiday-themed short play submissions. The seven original plays featured in this year's show were hand-selected from the scripts received, and they run the gamut from hilarious to heartwarming: “A Christmas Darrell,” by Doris Coleman (directed by Darcy Hogan); “Visions of Sugarplums,” by Nikki Atkins (directed by Deborah Zirin); “For Old Time's Sake,” by Jordan Ostrum (directed by Karlia Bertness); “A Santa For All Reasons,” by Paula Fell (directed by Cody Larsen); “Elevator Time,” by Scott Branchfield (directed by Milo Graamans); “E.L.F.,” by Miranda Carter (directed by Melissa MacDonald); and “Breaking and Entering,” by Kate Boyes (directed by Barbara Berge).

The production takes place in the Alice Silverman Theatre at the PAC. All seats are $15. Tickets can be purchased by calling 541-265-ARTS (2787), going online at www.CoastArts.org, or by visiting the box office at 777 W Olive St. in Newport. To learn more, visit www.OctopusOnStage.com.