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Johnna Leary

Johnna Leary Johnna Leary is a vocal performance musical theatre major at Shepherd University. She is the Arts and Styles Section Editor of the Shepherd University newspaper, The Picket. She previously wrote for The Brooke Scene as a student news correspondent and interned at the Contemporary American Theater Festival. Johnna frequently performs in educational and local theater productions. Her favorite roles include Johanna (u/s) and Young Lucy in Sweeney Todd at Shepherd, Isabel in Scrooge! The Musical and Mallory/Avril in City of Angels at the Old Opera House, Amy March in Little Women at the Apollo Civic Theater and Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Lily St. Regis in Annie at the Washington County Playhouse. Johnna is also active in many performing organizations, serving as secretary for Scene Stealers, the student-run musical theatre performance group and a member of the Vocal Jazz Octet, Women's Camerata, Masterworks Chorale and Sigma Alpha Iota at Shepherd University.
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BWW Interviews : Shepherd University to Feature an OPERA DOUBLE FEATUREBWW Interviews : Shepherd University to Feature an OPERA DOUBLE FEATURE
Posted: Feb. 10, 2015


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BWW Interviews: Monty Python's SPAMALOT To Open at Apollo Civic TheaterBWW Interviews: Monty Python's SPAMALOT To Open at Apollo Civic Theater
Posted: Apr. 29, 2014


BWW Reviews: CATF 2014 : UNCANNY VALLEY Uses Artificial Intelligence Technology to Display Genuine EmotionBWW Reviews: UNCANNY VALLEY Uses Tech to Display Emotion
Posted: Jul. 27, 2014


BWW Reviews: Hub Opera's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Features an Evening of Clever Characters and Beautiful MusicBWW Reviews: Hub Opera's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Features an Evening of Clever Characters and Beautiful Music
Posted: May. 30, 2014


BWW Reviews: CATF 2014: DEAD AND BREATHING is a Sarcastic and Sentimental Comedy with Show-Stopping LaughsBWW Reviews: CATF 2014: DEAD AND BREATHING is Sarcastic and Sentimental
Posted: Jul. 18, 2014


BWW Reviews: CATF 2014 - NORTH OF THE BOULEVARD Is an Authentic Comedy About Middle-Class ConflictsBWW Reviews: CATF NORTH OF THE BOULVEARD is Comedy for Middle Class
Posted: Aug. 1, 2014


BWW Reviews: REEFER MADNESS Deserves Some Buzz: It Really Is a 'Hit'!BWW Reviews: REEFER MADNESS Deserves Some Buzz: It Really Is a 'Hit'!
Posted: Apr. 7, 2014


BWW Interviews : Shepherd University to Feature an OPERA DOUBLE FEATUREBWW Interviews : Shepherd University to Feature an OPERA DOUBLE FEATURE
February 10, 2015

The students of the Shepherd University Music Department will premiere an Opera Double Feature, featuring one comedic romance and one tragic romance, just in time for Valentine's Day! Opening February 13, the Opera Double Feature will included Dido and Aeneas, directed by Dr. Robert Tudor, and La Serva Padrona, directed by Dr. Bobb Robinson. Both operas are musically directed by Dr. Erik Jones. Dido and Aeneas, a tragedy, tells the story of Dido, a queen and both her love for enemy soldier, Aeneas, and her despair when he leaves her. La Serva Padrona, a comedy, features a clever maid and manservant conspiring to trick the master of the house into marrying the maid so that she can become the wealthy mistress of the house.
BWW Interviews: DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER to Open 2015 Season at the Old Opera HouseBWW Interviews: DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER to Open 2015 Season at the Old Opera House
February 2, 2015

With Valentines Day quickly approaching, a comedy about a romantic dinner sounds perfect. Add in mistaken identities, sexual humor and some surprise plot twists, and you find the perfect date night in the comedy Don't Dress for Dinner, premiering this Friday to open the 2015 season at the Old Opera House. Directed by Steven Brewer, Don't Dress for Dinner is fast-paced farce set in the charming French countryside. Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his mistress while his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He invites his best friend, Robert, over for a fool-proof alibi. But, as it turns out, Robert is actually Jacqueline's lover, Jacqueline decides not to leave after all, Bernard's mistress must now pretend to be the cook and everyone's alibi is altered as Bernard and Robert try to talk their way out of a relationship mess!
BWW Interviews: THE ABDUCTION to Premiere at Apollo Civic TheaterBWW Interviews: THE ABDUCTION to Premiere at Apollo Civic Theater
January 22, 2015

For fans of popular TV crime series like NCIS or Criminal Minds, imagine how much more suspenseful a show about a kidnapping would be if it was actually happening, in real time, right in front of you..... onstage. The Abduction, opening on January 23 at the Apollo Civic Theater is a modern mystery-thriller sure to chase away the winter doldrums. Directed by Jeff Wine, The Abduction is a modern-day thriller featuring an average American family. After celebrating her parents' anniversary dinner, Cindy Grant is forced off the road while driving back to her college during a thunderstorm and abducted by a mysterious stranger. Her parents, Allen and Shelia, desperately struggle to raise the ransom by the criminal's deadline and Cindy's boyfriend goes off to search for her, all while they continue to receive chilling cell phone calls from Cindy and her abductor.
BWW Interviews: Hagerstown Hub Opera to Present AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORSBWW Interviews: Hagerstown Hub Opera to Present AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
December 17, 2014

Santa Claus may be coming to town, but the Three Wise Men will be arriving sooner in a new production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. Hagerstown Hub Opera Ensemble will present a special one time only production, directed by Phillip Collister in conjunction with Towson University Music for the Stage Ensemble at the Maryland Theater for the holiday season on December 21.
BWW Interviews: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Old Opera House Features Classic Movie Moments and New SongsBWW Interviews: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Old Opera House Features Classic Movie Moments and New Songs
December 3, 2014

"You'll shoot your eye out!" Instead of watching the nostalgic Christmas movie during another 24 hour movie marathon, see A Christmas Story: The Musical live on stage at the Old Opera House in Charles Town, WV, opening December 4.
BWW Interviews: Potomac Playmakers to Present Non-Traditional Christmas Tale in JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Interviews: Potomac Playmakers to Present Non-Traditional Christmas Tale in JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL
November 28, 2014

The Potomac Playmaker's production of Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, directed by Charles Kopack, will open December 5 at the Hagerstown Women's Club in Hagerstown, MD. The show tells the story of A Christmas Carol, but from Jacob Marley, Scrooge's best friend and business partner's, point of view
BWW Interviews: Shepherd University Scene Stealers to Present SPRING AWAKENINGBWW Interviews: Shepherd University Scene Stealers to Present SPRING AWAKENING
November 5, 2014

Spring Awakening, a modern rock musical featuring teenage student discoveries, will premiere this Friday at the Shepherdstown Train Station, produced by Shepherd University's student-run musical theater group, Scene Stealers.
BWW Interviews: I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at the Washington County Playhouse Proves Romantic Relationships Are Real..... and Really Funny!BWW Interviews: I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at the Washington County Playhouse Proves Romantic Relationships Are Real..... and Really Funny!
October 28, 2014

You've heard of the eternal struggle to win back your ex, to find"Mr. Right" or that a man and woman can never be "just friends". But, what if all the relationship advice you've ever heard...... is totally wrong? I Love You Because, a new Off-Broadway musical about modern relationships, will debut this Saturday at the Washington County Playhouse in Hagerstown, MD as the area premiere of the production.
BWW Interviews: POSTMORTEM at the Old Opera House to Feature Murder, Mysteries and More!BWW Interviews: POSTMORTEM at the Old Opera House to Feature Murder, Mysteries and More!
October 14, 2014

In a mystery show featuring the murder and intrigue of Sherlock Holmes, normally actors would expect a theatrical death onstage......but not the murder of an actual cast member! Directed by Susan Thornton, Postmortem premieres this Friday, Oct. 17 at the Old Opera House in Charles Town, WV.
BWW Interviews: Hagerstown Hub Opera to Present HANSEL AND GRETELBWW Interviews: Hagerstown Hub Opera to Present HANSEL AND GRETEL
October 2, 2014

Just in time for Halloween, Hagerstown Hub Opera will present the classic children's fairy tale Hansel and Gretel on October 4 and 5, featuring an enchanted forest, magical creatures and, of course, a wicked witch!
BWW Interviews: Potomac Playmakers Production of PROOF to Feature the Mathematics of Mental InstabilityBWW Interviews: Potomac Playmakers Production of PROOF to Feature the Mathematics of Mental Instability
September 23, 2014

How can you prove to the people you love that your work is your own, when you can't even be sure of your own sanity? This is one of the key dramatic issues in the Potomac Playmaker's production of David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Proof, directed by Barb McCormick and premiering Friday, September 26 at the Hagerstown Women's Club.
BWW Interviews: LES MISERABLES, Featuring Relationships, Revolutions and Re-Imaginings, to Open at Apollo Civic TheaterBWW Interviews: LES MISERABLES, Featuring Relationships, Revolutions and Re-Imaginings, to Open at Apollo Civic Theater
September 10, 2014

"Do You Hear the People Sing?" Then come join the revolution as Les Miserables opens at the Apollo Civic Theater in Martinsburg, WV this Friday. Co-directed by Bob LeBlanc and Jennifer Noll and musically directed by Jeff Poland, this epic musical about one man's quest for redemption during the July student revolution of 1832 will premiere live on stage.
BWW Interviews: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC to Premiere at Old Opera HouseBWW Interviews: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC to Premiere at Old Opera House
September 3, 2014

Come spend a delightful "Weekend in the Country" when A Little Night Music opens at the Old Opera House in Charles Town, WV this Friday, September 5. Directed by David Porterfield and musically directed by Alison Shafer, Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music portrays various relationships between amorous actress Desiree Armfeldt, her old flame Frrederick and her current lover, the Count Carl-Magnus. Both men are married, one to an innocent child-bride and the other to a witty wife. Desiree also has a child, currently being raised by her sharp-tongued grandmother, while Desiree is occupied touring in a traveling play. Relationships are renewed and old flames spark when all of the characters are invited to the Armfeldt estate for the weekend.
BWW Interviews: Potomac Playmakers to Present VINTAGE MURDER, an Interactive and Improvisational Murder MysteryBWW Interviews: Potomac Playmakers to Present VINTAGE MURDER, an Interactive and Improvisational Murder Mystery
August 27, 2014

Everyone usually enjoys a nice evening of food, wine..... and solving a murder case! Vintage Murder, an interactive and improvisational murder mystery, will premiere September 6 at the Knob Hall Winery. Produced by the Potomac Playmakers organization of Hagerstown, MD, Vintage Murder will provide many new occasions for the theatrical organization, such as a new location and new type of production.
BWW Reviews: CATF 2014 - NORTH OF THE BOULEVARD Is an Authentic Comedy About Middle-Class ConflictsBWW Reviews: CATF 2014 - NORTH OF THE BOULEVARD Is an Authentic Comedy About Middle-Class Conflicts
August 1, 2014

Written by Bruce Graham and directed by Ed Herendeen, North of the Boulevard is an enjoyable modern-day comedy with enough undertones of familial dysfunction and economic inequality to make the humor hit a little too close to home for many viewers. North of the Boulevard focuses on one evening near Christmas in a small time auto mechanic garage. Trip, Bear and Larry all work at typical middle-class jobs while Larry's father, Zee, is retired and generally acts as the elderly pain-in-the-ass around the shop. The four male friends get together, as usual, to discuss day-to-day lives and jobs and dream about easier lives with more money, where they could move to a nice neighborhood north of the boulevard. When tragedy strikes, the characters are faced with a gigantic moral dilemma, pushing each man to his ethical limit and showing how much greed, corruption and the prospect of one hundred grand can change both a friendship and a life.
BWW Interviews: Robinwood Players to Present MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGBWW Interviews: Robinwood Players to Present MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
August 1, 2014

Even though the language and settings may have changed over centuries, one situation remains true: romantic relationships are often complicated over simple matters. In the Robinwood Players production of the Shakespearean comedy Much Ado About Nothing, directed by David Dull and running through August 3 at Hagerstown Community College, actors were introduced to the universal themes of love and relationships.
BWW Reviews: CATF 2014 - In THE ASHES UNDER GAIT CITY, Old Sociological Problems Face a Social Media ConflictBWW Reviews: CATF 2014 - In THE ASHES UNDER GAIT CITY, Old Sociological Problems Face a Social Media Conflict
July 28, 2014

Written by Christina Anderson and directed by Lucie Tiberghien, the World Premiere production of The Ashes Under Gait City displays an age-old conflict through the modern lens of our reliance on social media technology.
BWW Reviews: CATF 2014 : UNCANNY VALLEY Uses Artificial Intelligence Technology to Display Genuine EmotionBWW Reviews: CATF 2014 : UNCANNY VALLEY Uses Artificial Intelligence Technology to Display Genuine Emotion
July 27, 2014

For a show heavily focusing on artificial intelligence and technology, Thomas Gibbon's Uncanny Valley displays a genuine feature of human emotion. Directed by Thomas Dugdale and set in the "not-distant future", Uncanny Valley portrays the relationship between retiring neuro-scientist Claire (Barbara Kingsley) and an artificial intelligence being named Julian (Alex Podulke). Claire teaches Julian how to speak, think and act like a human to blend into society, but when Julian unlocks some emotional and ethical questions, the creation ends up teaching his creator about life.
BWW Reviews: CATF 2014: ONE NIGHT Features Excellent Special Effects and Performances, but Poor Plot and PacingBWW Reviews: CATF 2014: ONE NIGHT Features Excellent Special Effects and Performances, but Poor Plot and Pacing
July 21, 2014

Though featuring excellent individual performances by talented actors and spectacular lighting and special effects, One Night suffers from a confusing script, two dimensional characters and dragging pace.
BWW Reviews: CATF 2014: DEAD AND BREATHING is a Sarcastic and Sentimental Comedy with Show-Stopping LaughsBWW Reviews: CATF 2014: DEAD AND BREATHING is a Sarcastic and Sentimental Comedy with Show-Stopping Laughs
July 18, 2014

Hospice care and cancer are not generally topics which leave audiences roaring with laughter. However, in the world-premiere comedy Dead and Breathing, written by Chisa Hutchinson and directed by Kristin Horton, audiences are left in stitches as a sharp tongued and sickly elderly woman cajoles, bribes, threatens and tries any possible way to force her in-home nurse to comply with assisted suicide.


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