Diana Vance, who is in charge of costumes, props and sound effects for A Portable Theatre's upcoming holiday production of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!), has heard the spoof rehearsed many, many times.

Diana Vance, who is in charge of costumes, props and sound effects for A Portable Theatre's upcoming holiday production of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!), has heard the spoof rehearsed many, many times.

"It still makes me laugh," she said last week.

That's only right and proper, said the professional troupe's artistic director and founder, Geoffrey Nelson -- and that's what will set the play apart from standard holiday fare.

"For one thing, unlike a lot of Christmas shows, it's not sentimental -- it's funny," he said.

The play written by Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez is called a "tour-de-farce" in an announcement that describes its "hilariously warped" versions of Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and more.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) will have eight public performances in four different venues, fitting for an organization called A Portable Theatre.

Showtimes are:

* 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Clintonville Woman's Club, 3951 N. High St.

* 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 and 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Columbus Dance Theatre, 592 E. Main St.

* 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19 and 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Abbey Theater of Dublin, 5600 Post Road.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for students. They may be obtained in advance at aportabletheatre.com or by calling the ShowTix box office at 866-967-8167.

Nelson said some tickets may be available for sale at the door prior to the performances.

The basic premise of Every Christmas Story Ever Told, said Vance -- the current president of A Portable Theatre -- is that the three actors are supposed to stage the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, but a couple of them are tired of doing the same old thing and turn to the audience for suggestions.

"It's almost like a focus group with the audience: What does Christmas mean to you?" Vance said.

Vance took over the president's position from the late Cheri Mitchell, to whom the eight performances are dedicated.

"I think a wide variety of people can relate to it," Nelson said of the comedy. "It's a little different every time because the actors interact with the audience. The stories are sort of fixed. Things are designed so they can be improvised on the spot, depending upon how the audience reacts."

Professional performers Tim Browning, Todd Covert and Ralph Scott make up the play's cast.

"They come together real well," Nelson said. "All three of them are close friends. I've known all of them for some time, and when I thought of casting it, I thought that would be perfect for these three. They know how to play off each other quite well."

A Portable Theatre puts on shows in the sanctuary of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church because the minister, the Rev. Phyllis Heffner, heard a WOSU radio interview with Nelson when the troupe was founded in June 2013 and shortly thereafter became a board member.

"I like the sound of the mission: to take theater to where people are," Heffner said. "I thought it would be a nice way to bring something different into the church."

Heffner added that members of the congregation have responded favorably to past plays put on at the church.

"It'll be a first-class performance," she predicted of the next show. "It could be a fun tradition for people who are looking for something different in the season."