Madison Verre as Annie in Denton Community Theatre's staging of the Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin musical.

Denton Community Theatre closes its staging of Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin’s Annie this Friday.

The musical follows a plucky red-haired orphan named Annie who searches for her birth parents in New York City. The Great Depression looms over the nation, but wise beyond her 11 years, Annie believes brighter days are ahead.

Annie hasn’t had the best start. Abandoned at an orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, Annie and the other orphans can only dream that someone will rescue them from the drudgery and grinding work at the orphanage.

Billionaire Oliver Warbucks invites Annie into his mansion on an altruistic whim, but comes to find fatherly affections. But Miss Hannigan’s ne’er-do-well brother, Rooster, and his daffy girlfriend, Lily St. Regis, have a dastardly plan to pose as Annie’s birth parents (for the cash reward). But their plans for Annie are darker.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $22 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $15 for students and $10 for ages 12 and younger.

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877 and via Twitter at @LBreedingDRC.

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