The holidays are in full swing at the Company Theatre in Norwell, and their current show packs twice the punch.

The holidays are in full swing at the Company Theatre in Norwell, and their current show packs twice the punch.

“Company for the Holidays” offers an evening of Christmas merriment for those looking to take a quick respite from the holiday madness and enjoy an evening of light entertainment, some joyful singing, and a few laughs to boot.

It features two plays that work nicely together. The first, called “A Christmas Survival Guide,” takes some light shots at the urgency that starts festering earlier and earlier each year around the holidays.

The play opens with a faux QVC television broadcast with a mock advertisement for a coffee table book called “A Christmas Survival Guide” that is intended to help overwhelmed folks dealing with the pressures of the season. Then, in true Company Theatre, fashion, the cast breaks into song and dance, mixing classical Christmas songs with a handful of updated tunes that inject a dose of comedy.

The tunes are quite catchy and fun, with a stand-out performance offered by John King and his twisted version of “Silver Bells.”

King, a veteran stage actor and familiar face at The Company after last summer’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” brings it home with ease.

It’s Christmastime in the city, as King sings, but this time when we “hear them ring” he finds himself immersed in the real sounds of the holiday city madness. The silver bells wind up being cell phone trills, pager beeps and a hearty offering of irate cab drivers, screeching cars, and horns a-honking.

It’s all King can do just to be heard over the maddening din.

Equally as impressive is Mike Foley’s off-the-cuff rendition of an aging Elvis – complete with wide collar and white sparkly jumpsuit – as he unfolds a funky “Jingle Bells” wrapped inside what’s dubbed “The Reindeer Boogie.”

Foley’s no stranger to the theme; he was Apostle in “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Company and seems to have kept the momentum going. With help from the rest of the cast, he offers a soggy Elvis wallowing in the fading limelight as he jingles all the way. The audience is initially caught off-guard but this number emerges as one of the highlights of the evening.

Emilee Dennis grinds forth with a burlesque rendition of how she’d like to hitch a ride with Santa that also gets the audience’s attention.

After a quick intermission, the comical songs that seamlessly blend into classical Christmas sentiment turn into an exercise in controlled mayhem as the audience is treated to “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

This contemporary classic, written by Barbara Robinson in 1972, focuses on six children of the Herdman family as they learn the true meaning of Christmas after barging their way into their local church’s yearly Christmas pageant.

The Herdmans offer a half-dozen dirty-faced ruffians from the wrong side of the tracks who initially audition for the show because they hear the church gives out free snacks. Over the course of the show they wind up fitting in, learning the real story of Christmas and becoming refined enough to be accepted by the snooty church-goers.

It’s loveable, populist holiday syrup. The stage is almost always busy – at one time more than 30 actors clog the action in a choreographer’s nightmare – but directors Zoe Bradford and Jordie Saucerman keep the action moving and the laughs unfolding.

Luke Sullivan steals the show with his performance as Elmer, a meek, reluctant student pressed into playing the angel who brings the well-known “good news of great joy.”

Amidst all the mayhem and madness of the rehearsing students, Elmer flies 20 feet above the production. Sullivan’s believable fear while juggling his duties of calming those concerned about the birth of Baby Jesus brings the evening’s biggest laughs.

Cinda Donovan’s performance as the overwhelmed school marm is also one to behold.

Company for the Holidays offers traditional Christmas songs, updated and jazzed-up holiday singing, and a truly South Shore take on an old Christmas classic that finds a handful of tough kids softening when they realize what Christmas is really all about.

COMPANY FOR THE HOLIDAYS At the Company Theatre, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell. Through Dec. 21. Tickets are $31 at 781-871-2787 or www.companytheatre.com.