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“Gifted” by Carrie Printz is the winner of the 2012 Edge Festival of New Plays and is about a gifted mixed-ethnic boy who dreams of being on a reality show. It plays through Dec. 29 at the Edge Theater, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Appropriate for families (children 8 and over). Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays, except Dec. 22, 29, when the performances will be at 2 p.m. Tickets: $20/$15, online, $22/$17 at the door. 303-232-0363, theedgetheater.com; email: theedgetheatercompany@comcast.net.

Spunky little orphan

“Annie” plays through Dec. 29 at Town Hall arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Downtown Littleton. Performances: 7:30 Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays and Saturday Dec. 21; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets: $22-$42, 303-794-2787, ext. 5, townhallartscenter.com. (We advise advance reservations on this one.)

Goodness Gracious!

“A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play” by David Alberts will be presented Dec. 13 through Dec. 22 by Goodness Gracious! Productions, of Parker, at the Deep Space Events Center, 11020 S. Pikes Peak Drive #50, Parker. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 20, 21; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 22. Tickets: $15, goodnessgracious.org, 303-968-4157.

Phamaly for holidays

“It’s a Wonderful Life” — the perennial favorite about George Bailey of Bedford Falls — will be presented by Phamaly Theatre Company at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax, through Dec. 22. Performances: 7:30 Fridays, Saturdays and Dec. 16, 19; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $29/$25, 303-739-1970, phamaly.org.

In the mountains

“Don’t Dress for Dinner,” a farce by Marc Canoletti, is presented through Dec. 22 at the Lake Dillon Theatre. 176 Lake Dillon Drive, Dillon. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Tickets: $27-$31 adults/$23 students, 970-513-9386, lakedillontheatre.org.

Holiday spectacular

“Home for the Holidays” plays through Dec. 22 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Paul Dwyer is director of this Starkey production, which features a cast of more than 50. See lonetreeartscenter.org for times and tickets prices. 720-509-1000. Arrive a half-hour early and enjoy the Lone Tree Art Exhibit and Sale.

Mel Brooks musical

“Young Frankenstein” by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan plays Dec. 13 to Feb. 2 at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. Town Hall’s education director Seth Maisel plays the title role. Deb Flomberg directs. Performances: 7:30 Fridays, Saturdays and as part of a New Year’s Eve program that begins at 6:30 on Dec. 31; 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $$31 ($26 in advance), 303-856-7830, vintagetheatre.com.

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