THIS WEEK: July 26 to Aug. 1
Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Musical, a lushly scored version of the Victor Hugo novel about love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero, through July 30 with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Reservations: 570-868-8212.
Annie Jr., a children’s performance of the famous story following the adventures of everybody’s favorite redheaded orphan, presented by the Shawnee Playhouse, 552 River Rd., Shawnee on Delaware. The show will run through August 25. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit TheShawneePlayhouse.com or call 570-421-5093.
The Big Friendly Giant, with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center Street, Downtown Bloomsburg, based on Roald Dahl’s book, through Aug. 2.
Steel Magnolias, the enormously popular 1987 comedy-drama starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton and Shirley Maclaine is adapted for the stage by the Music Box Players. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. July 28 to 30. Fridays and Saturdays, bar opens at 6 p.m. with buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. and curtain at 8 p.m. Sundays, bar opens at 1 p.m., dinner at 1:30 p.m. and curtain at 3 p.m. Dinner and show for adults is $35; show only is $18. Dinner and show for children under 12 is $25; show only for children and military personal costs $14.
Gypsy, the timeless story of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous Burlesque Striptease artist, based loosley on her memoirs. At the Peonix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. Weekends from August 4 to 13, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. $12. Tickets available at the door or by calling 570-457-3589.
Hairspray Jr., presented by the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple’s Summer Camp. A 60 minute production of the classic story. At the Scranton Cultural Center Main Stage, 420 N Washington Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Aug. 4, 11 a.m. Aug. 5. $5. 570-344-1111.
Shawnee Original Playwright Performances, featuring 19 out of 50 submitted works to be read to a panel of judges before being voted on by the audience. 7 p.m. August 7, 8, 9 and 10.
Buddy, the story of legendary singer-songwriter Buddy Holly and his meteoric rise to stardom in 1957. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12, 2 p.m. Aug. 13. $20, $25. Shermantheater.com. 570-420-2808.