on the stage
Annie: Desert Stages, Inc., presents performances of the musical at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays, through December 17, at the group's home, 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Reservations are recommended; call 483-1664.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: This week's performances of The Elves and the Shoemaker are at 10 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 10a.m. Wednesday at the theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. The production continues through December 24. Puppet-making and sing-along sessions are included. Tickets are $4, $3 for members; group rates are available. Reservations are suggested. Call 277-1275.
The Littlest Christmas Tree: Phoenix Theatre's Cookie Company continues its season with this tale about the tiny tree that could. Performances are on Saturdays and Sundays, through December 17, at Playhouse on the Park at Dial Corporate Center, Central and Palm Lane. For times, prices and other information, call 254-2151.
The Velveteen Rabbit: Childsplay continues its 19th season with B. Burgess Clark's adaptation of Margery Williams' touching tale about the strong bond between a boy and his stuffed bunny. Debra K. Stevens stars as the boy, and D. Scott Withers portrays Nana. The production's other roles are staffed by oversize puppets; Katie McFadzen operates the title character. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5p.m. Sunday at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street; Sunday's early show is interpreted in American Sign Language. Tickets are $11, $8 for students and seniors, available at the center and all Ticketmaster locations. Call 994-2787 or 784-4444.
A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail: Valley Youth Theatre presents a seasonal version of the A.A. Milne story in which Eeyore misplaces his tail. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the group's venue at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas. The production continues through December 17. Admission is $4.50. Reservations are suggested; call 267-3880.