On Stage this week

"Annie": Everybody's favorite redhead returns for the holidays. 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. Pay-what-you-can performances 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and Dec. 28. Tickets: $40 Fridays-Saturdays; $35 Thursdays/Sundays; $22 senior citizens, students, military; $15 children under 18. Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper. Call 901-726-4656. playhouseonthesquare.org.

"Annie": Presented by DeSoto Family Theatre. Shows are 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; final show 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $20 ($14 for senior citizens and youth). Landers Center Theatre, 4560 Venture Drive, Southaven. Call 662-470-2131 or visit Ticketmaster outlet stores. dftonline.org

"A Charlie Brown Christmas": Come join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the gang as they search for the true meaning of Christmas. Shows are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Other shows: 7 p.m. Dec. 14-15; final show 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Historic Ruffin Theater, 113 W. Pleasant Ave., Covington, Tenn. Call 901-290-TAC5 (8225). ruffintheater.org

"A Christmas Carol": 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. Tickets $28 ($23 season members), $15 students, $10 children under 12. Additional performances: 3 p.m. Dec. 15 and Dec. 22; 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Dec. 18-19. Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext. Call 901-682-8323. theatrememphis.org

"The Christmas Window": The miracle of Christmas is rediscovered with a special family, as imagination comes to life through their window. 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Memphis First Assembly of God, 8650 Walnut Grove, Cordova. Free admission. Call 901-843-8600. famemphis.net.

"If Scrooge Was a Brother": Musical puts an urban spin on "A Christmas Carol." 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. Tickets $15-$25. Hattiloo Theatre, 656 Marshall. Call 901-525-0009. hattilootheatre.org.

"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play": Tennessee Shakespeare Company presentation. Opening performance and preshow Revels Party 7 p.m. Friday. Other performances 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday. Also, 7 p.m. Dec. 14-15; closing performance 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 day of show, $15 for all preview performances. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Ave. 901-759-0604. tnshakespeare.org.

"Jersey Boys": The story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Shows: 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Other shows: 8 p.m. Dec. 14; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15; final show 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Not recommended for children under age 12. Tickets $28.50-$135. Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Call 901-525-3000. orpheum-memphis.com or ticketmaster.com.

New Ballet Ensemble's "Nut Remix": Modern-day take on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker features classical ballet, hip-hop and authentic African, Flamenco, Chinese dance and drums. 7-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $15-$35. Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter, Germantown. Reservations not required but strongly recommended. Call 901-751-7500. GPACweb.com.

Playhouse 51's Christmas Gifts: Performances of O'Henry's "Gift of the Magi" and Charles Tazwell's "The Littlest Angel." 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Other performances: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15. Tickets $12 ($10 senior citizens, students, military); group rates available. Arrive 15 minutes before curtain to ensure proper seating. Harvell Civic Center, 8077 Wilkinsville Road, Millington. Call 901-872-7170. playhouse51.com.

"The Santaland Diaries": Based on the outlandish, and true, chronicles of David Sedaris' experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy's SantaLand display. Not recommended for children. Shows 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. Tickets $35 Fridays-Saturdays, $30 Thursdays & Sundays; $22 for senior citizens, students, and military. Special late-night show 10 p.m. Dec. 21. The Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper. Call 901-726-4656. playhouseonthesquare.org.

Sister Myotis' Karaoke Smackdown III (Holiday Edition): A festive fundraiser presented by Voices of the South. 7-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. at Theatre South, 1000 S. Cooper. Tickets $25. Call 901-726-0800. voicesofthesouth.org.

" 'Twas the Night Before Christmas": The tale of a mouse whose house gets missed by Santa. 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, and 7 p.m. Dec. 21. Play runs through Dec. 30. The Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper. Call 901-726-4656.

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