'Annie Jr.' opens this weekend at Desert Stages

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PHOENIX -- Desert Stages Theatre Children's Series will present "Annie Jr." Nov. 18-Dec. 18.

"Annie Jr." is a shortened version of the original Tony Award-winning musical that's designed specially to be performed by kids.

Set in the early 1930s, the show centers around Annie, a spunky redhead, and a group of little girls living in an orphanage run by a drunk who has no interest in her young charges and, in fact, despises children.

The original production opened on Broadway in 1977 and ran for more than 2,300 performances before it closed in 1983. Becoming a staple for local theater companies all over the country, "Annie" spawned numerous tours, and a Broadway revival is slated for  fall 2012.

"Its upbeat plot and colorful characters have made 'Annie' one of the most beloved musicals in history," reads the Desert Stages website.

Katherine Sprowls, Gabby Vatistas, Mckenna Dersam and Riley Glick, the four young actresses who play the title role at various performances, stopped by 3TV Tuesday morning to give us a a preview of the show's signature song, "Tomorrow." And yes, they each brought a Sandy.

Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show. Children's tickets are $12.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 480-483-1664.