Private investigator Cactus O'Riley is feeling overwhelmed.
She has been asked to solve a mystery, reverse a miscarriage of justice, and deal with two escaped convicts. Additional complications include her secretary's overprotective mother and a dead detective. Oh, and it is Christmas Eve.
"Christmas Cactus," a mystery/comedy by Eliot Byerrum, is this year's production at Oakridge Bible Church. Each year, the church presents a play as a gift to the community.
This marks the 43rd year for the productions, directed each year by Danny Webb.
Hundreds flock to the shows every year with numerous attendees making it a holiday tradition.
"It's the Christmas fix people enjoy," Webb said.
This year will include nine presentations beginning Nov. 23.
Each year's show includes a good moral message with a spiritual basis. However, Webb steers away from anything that would come across as too strong. The idea is to let folks enjoy the show while escaping from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
"I want something wholesome, not offensive, and with depth," he said.
Webb said his love for mysteries played a role in choosing this show that will be seasoned with humor.