If ever there was a year full of hope, it is 2021. Following what many consider one of the worst years in American history is it any wonder that hope springs eternal in this most welcomed new year? Obviously, there\u2019s some carry over from 2020, but theaters are not only hoping but planning to reopen their doors this year and welcome audiences back to the fold. For sure theaters have been busy planning great comebacks. While January is not filled with many offerings, there are some wonderful productions planned on opening in spring if not sooner. Think \u201cThe Jersey Boys\u201d at the Palace and \u201cAnne of Green Gables: The Musical\u201d at Goodspeed Musicals\u2019 Goodspeed Opera House. With the promise of a vaccine arriving sooner rather than later, theaters will be throwing open wide their well-scrubbed doors. The theaters have been thoroughly sanitized and everything is ready for showtime. Meanwhile, here\u2019s what is happening at area stages in January 2021. Keep a look out for a complete season listing coming soon. I do believe that spring will be busting out all over at our area theaters. ACT (A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut) in Ridgefield starts the new year off with \u201cSnapshots: A Musical Scrapbook\u201d by Stephen Schwartz. This musical incorporates some of Schwartz\u2019s songs from his shows which includes: \u201cWicked,\u201d \u201cPippin,\u201d \u201cGodspell,\u201d and many others. It is scheduled to run Jan. 30 - Feb. 21. Box Office: 475- 215- 5497. Hartford TheaterWorks is ushering in the New Year with a streamed reading of a new play, \u201cTalkin\u2019 To This Chick Sippin\u2019 Magic Potion.\u201d It runs from Jan. 10 - 29. Box office: 860- 527-7838. Playhouse on Park in West Hartford has extended its streamed production of \u201cAll Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914\u201d until Jan. 10. The play relives an astounding moment in history when in the middle of combat a soldier steps into no man\u2019s land singing \u201cSilent Night\u201d and begins a dramatic celebration of camaraderie between Allied troops and German soldiers. This will be followed by the Ebb and Kander production of \u201cChicago\u201d playing from Jan. 20 to Feb. 21. Box office: 860-523-5900 Ext. 10. Ridgefield Playhouse presents \u201cColin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless Tour.\u201d The comedy tour plays on Jan. 30 for a two hour show. Without a script, the two comedians improvise scenes, songs and more. Best of all, they do it from suggestions made from the audience. Phone: 203-438-5795. Seven Angels Theatre, Waterbury is still streaming its music and fun-filled holiday production of \u201cMiracle in Hamilton Park Christmas Show.\u201d It features many of the area performers for whom audiences have become fans. This production only runs through Jan. 8. You don\u2019t want to miss out on the fun and talent. Warner Theatre, Torrington is streaming from the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre \u201cPut On A Grumpy Face\u201d by Reed Halvorson of South Carolina. It is the virtual edition of the Warner\u2019s International Playwrights Festival. Featuring Colleen Renzullo and Erin Shaughnessy with original music by James P. Luurtsema. This is scheduled to run through Jan. 14. Box office: 860-489-7180. Joanne Greco Rochman is a founder of the Connecticut Critics Circle and a long time member of the American Theatre Critics Association. She welcomes comments. Contact: email@example.com.