60s singers and teenage spellers among the stars of the shows that will debut in January on the local stages | Entertainment

Here’s a sampling of what’s opening in Lancaster County theaters this month.

“Hive,” the 1960s musical, opens at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater on Friday January 21 and runs until February 19. See the accompanying story on Dutch Apple’s 2022 season for more details.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is the next show on the main stage at the Fulton Theatre, opening Thursday, January 20, with previews on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 18 and 19.

The adult actors portray a group of quirky middle school contestants who have varying personalities and spelling styles. The championship is on the line, so it’s never too late to test your knowledge of some of these spelling stumpers.

The Fulton Theater is at 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster. Information and tickets: thefulton.org or 717-397-7425.

“Fat pig,” an award-winning and thought-provoking play by Neil LaBute, will be presented as a staged reading as part of Susquehanna Stage’s Undercurrent 2022 series. The reading will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 22.

In the play, Tom, a business professional, dates a confident, plus-size librarian named Helen. When his colleagues find out about Helen, Tom must make a decision about how to handle the social pressures surrounding his dating a woman his friends call a “fat pig”.

Entrance is free and no reservation is necessary. Susquehanna Stage is at 133 W. Market St., Marietta.

Information: susquehannastage.com or 717-426-1277.

The cast of Servant Stage Company’s upcoming youth production of “Our Town” is rehearsing.

“Matilda Jr.” a children’s production of a show based on the Roald Dahl classic, will run January 21-23 at the Magic & Wonder Theatre, 3065 Lincoln Highway, Paradise.

“Our city,” Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play will be presented as a youth theatrical production by the Servant Stage Company from January 28 to February 6 at the Magic & Wonder Theater. See the attached Servant Stage Company 2022 season story for more details.

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