The Greasepaint Youtheatre is presenting “Annie Jr.” through Dec. 18, at the Historic Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Twin sisters Raechel and Simone Rawicz star in alternate performances of the title role.
Annie first entered popular culture in 1885 when James Whitcomb Riley penned the poem “Little Orphan Annie.” When Harold Gray launched “Little Orphan Annie and Uncle Dan” in the comic strips of daily newspapers 1924, her popularity skyrocketed. Over the decades Annie inspired a radio show, multiple film adaptations and the 1977 Broadway musical and film follow-up.
The Greaspaint Youtheatre version is based on the comic strip and was created by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. Dale Nakagawa is director, Curtis Moelleris music director and Becca Courtney is stage manager.
Performances are 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.
Tickets are $15 to $17. Info: 480-949-7529 or www.greasepaint.org.