Johnna Leary

Johnna Leary Johnna Leary recently graduated with a B.A. in Musical Theater from Shepherd University. She previously worked as the Arts and Styles Section Editor of the Shepherd University newspaper, The Picket and interned at the Contemporary American Theater Festival. She also writes as a local correspondent for DC Metro Theater Arts. Johnna frequently performs in educational and local theater productions. Her favorite roles include Johanna (u/s) and Young Lucy in Sweeney Todd at Shepherd, Briar Rose/Sleeping Beauty in Enchanted Sleeping Beauty at Pumpkin Theatre, Cosette in Les Miserables at Way Off Broadway, Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Maggie in Lend Me A Tenor at the Washington County Playhouse. She can also be seen on several documentaries and mini series on Investigation Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and National Geographic.
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BWW Review: CATF THE SECOND GIRL is a Stunning and Spirited ShowBWW Review: CATF THE SECOND GIRL is a Stunning and Spirited Show
Posted: Jul. 15, 2016


BWW Review: CATF 20th CENTURY BLUES is a Comedic and Poignant Crowd PleaserBWW Review: CATF 20th CENTURY BLUES is a Comedic and Poignant Crowd Pleaser
Posted: Jul. 13, 2016


BWW Review: CATF NOT MEDEA Is a Deeply Imaginative and Powerful Piece of TheaterBWW Review: CATF NOT MEDEA Is a Deeply Imaginative and Powerful Piece of Theater
Posted: Jul. 19, 2016


BWW Interview: NEW VOICE PLAY FESTIVAL Will Debut New Work at Old Opera HouseBWW Interview: NEW VOICE PLAY FESTIVAL Will Debut New Work at Old Opera House
Posted: Jun. 23, 2016


BWW Review: CATF THE WEDDING GIFT is Visually Stunning, but Difficult to DecipherBWW Review: CATF THE WEDDING GIFT is Visually Stunning, but Difficult to Decipher
Posted: Jul. 21, 2016


BWW Interview: THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB Will Make a Splash at Washington County PlayhouseBWW Interview: THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB Will Make a Splash at Washington County Playhouse
Posted: Jul. 21, 2016


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BWW Review: CATF THE SECOND GIRL is a Stunning and Spirited ShowBWW Review: CATF THE SECOND GIRL is a Stunning and Spirited Show
Posted: Jul. 15, 2016


BWW Review: CATF 20th CENTURY BLUES is a Comedic and Poignant Crowd PleaserBWW Review: CATF 20th CENTURY BLUES is a Comedic and Poignant Crowd Pleaser
Posted: Jul. 13, 2016


BWW Interview: REX'S EXES, a Southern Fried Sequel, Debuts at Old Opera HouseBWW Interview: REX'S EXES, a Southern Fried Sequel, Debuts at Old Opera House
Posted: Mar. 10, 2016


BWW Interview: THE MUSIC MAN Marches Into Old Opera House This ChristmasBWW Interview: THE MUSIC MAN Marches Into Old Opera House This Christmas
Posted: Dec. 2, 2015


BWW Interview: Apollo Civic Theatre Will Play BINGO: THE WINNING MUSICALBWW Interview: Apollo Civic Theatre Will Play BINGO: THE WINNING MUSICAL
Posted: May. 12, 2016


BWW Review: CATF NOT MEDEA Is a Deeply Imaginative and Powerful Piece of TheaterBWW Review: CATF NOT MEDEA Is a Deeply Imaginative and Powerful Piece of Theater
Posted: Jul. 19, 2016


BWW Interview: Washington County Playhouse Invites You to the PERFECT WEDDINGBWW Interview: Washington County Playhouse Invites You to the PERFECT WEDDING
Posted: May. 5, 2016


BWW Interview: THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB Will Make a Splash at Washington County PlayhouseBWW Interview: THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB Will Make a Splash at Washington County Playhouse
July 21, 2016

The ladies of the Dixie Swim Club have arrived at the beach house and are ready to share some comedy as The Dixie Swim Club opens this weekend at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater.
BWW Review: CATF THE WEDDING GIFT is Visually Stunning, but Difficult to DecipherBWW Review: CATF THE WEDDING GIFT is Visually Stunning, but Difficult to Decipher
July 21, 2016

At its basic essence, a play tells a story. But when the audience has difficulty understanding the story and the language, the message, no matter how poignant or powerful, is lost. The Wedding Gift, a world premiere play at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, is a visual feast for audience members, but due to the storytelling method, many audience members are unable to understand the imaginative story.
BWW Review: CATF NOT MEDEA Is a Deeply Imaginative and Powerful Piece of TheaterBWW Review: CATF NOT MEDEA Is a Deeply Imaginative and Powerful Piece of Theater
July 19, 2016

The 2016 CATF mission statement lists their vision as 'The Ultimate Theater Experience', and Not Medea, one of the five plays in rotating rep at the festival, completely satisfies this expectation. A highly creative and completely immersive theatrical experience, Not Medea is brilliantly written by Allison Gregory and expertly directed by Courtney Sale.
BWW Review: CATF THE SECOND GIRL is a Stunning and Spirited ShowBWW Review: CATF THE SECOND GIRL is a Stunning and Spirited Show
July 15, 2016

Take a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead approach to O Neill's classic Long Day's Journey Into Night, and you have Ronan Noone's fantastically crafted The Second Girl, now running at the Contemporary American Theater Festival.
BWW Review: CATF 20th CENTURY BLUES is a Comedic and Poignant Crowd PleaserBWW Review: CATF 20th CENTURY BLUES is a Comedic and Poignant Crowd Pleaser
July 13, 2016

A show about older women celebrating and commiserating aging has been done countless times in entertainment, from Steel Magnolias on stage to The Golden Girls on television. However, 20th Century Blues, a world premiere play at the Contemporary American Theater Festival written by Susan Miller and directed by Ed Herendeen, breaks the mold when it comes to the female ensemble dramedy.
BWW Interview: NEW VOICE PLAY FESTIVAL Will Debut New Work at Old Opera HouseBWW Interview: NEW VOICE PLAY FESTIVAL Will Debut New Work at Old Opera House
June 23, 2016

The New Voice Play Festival, opening on June 24 at the Old Opera House in Charles Town, WV, provides the opportunity for audiences to witness completely new and original plays from playwrights all across the nation and vote on which play is their favorite. The four plays chosen this year vary in topics from mysteries to the mystical and present various challenges to the actors and directors
Summer Stages: BWW Top Picks for Summer Theater in West VirginiaSummer Stages: BWW Top Picks for Summer Theater in West Virginia
June 10, 2016

Opposite of many summer stock seasons offering Golden Age musicals and classic plays, theaters in West Virginia this summer will offer many new, thought-provoking premieres, modern twists on classic works of theater and contemporary musicals in some of the state's professional theaters. Listed below are four of the top picks for live theater shows this summer, but these are only a small offering of the many fantastic performances and live theater seasons occurring in West Virginia.
BWW Interview: Apollo Civic Theatre Will Play BINGO: THE WINNING MUSICALBWW Interview: Apollo Civic Theatre Will Play BINGO: THE WINNING MUSICAL
May 12, 2016

Get ready to call out 'Bingo!' (literally) as Bingo: The Winning Musical debuts at the Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg, WV this weekend!
BWW Interview: Washington County Playhouse Invites You to the PERFECT WEDDINGBWW Interview: Washington County Playhouse Invites You to the PERFECT WEDDING
May 5, 2016

It's been said your wedding day is supposed to be the best day of your life......so naturally, it's the perfect opportunity for everything that can go wrong to go wrong, which is precisely what happens in the Washington County Playhouse debut production of Perfect Wedding.
BWW Interview: Modern Comedy at Old Opera House Proves Beauty is More Than SKIN DEEPBWW Interview: Modern Comedy at Old Opera House Proves Beauty is More Than SKIN DEEP
April 20, 2016

Opening this Friday at the Old Opera House in Charles Town, WV, Skin Deep proves romance is based on more than just appearances and beauty is really much more than skin deep.
BWW Interview: DOGFIGHT to Debut at Apollo Civic TheatreBWW Interview: DOGFIGHT to Debut at Apollo Civic Theatre
April 6, 2016

Opening April 8 at the Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg, WV, the musical Dogfight will deconstruct some serious subject matter while taking the audience on an emotional ride through the turbulent 1960's Vietnam conflict era.
BWW Interview: REX'S EXES, a Southern Fried Sequel, Debuts at Old Opera HouseBWW Interview: REX'S EXES, a Southern Fried Sequel, Debuts at Old Opera House
March 10, 2016

Get ready for even more craziness with the Verdeen cousins as a huge helping of southern fried comedy, the farce Rex's Exes, debuts at the Old Opera House. Directed by Will Heyser-Paone, this stand-alone sequel written by Jones-Hope-Wooten, the comedic trio behind hits such as The Dixie Swim Club and The Hallelujah Girls, will premiere at the Old Opera House. Gaynelle Verdeen refuses to admit that she's turning 50, so her cousins attempt to throw her a surprise birthday party. However, the surprise is on them when the cousins are forced to turn the party into a full fledged family funeral!
BWW Interview: KISS ME KATE to Open at Washington County PlayhouseBWW Interview: KISS ME KATE to Open at Washington County Playhouse
March 1, 2016

It's time to 'Brush Up Your Shakespeare' when Kiss Me, Kate opens at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater on March 4.
BWW Interview: Hub Opera Ensemble and MSO To Present CARMENBWW Interview: Hub Opera Ensemble and MSO To Present CARMEN
February 12, 2016

Tragic love affairs are nothing new for opera story lines. However, in time for Valentine's Day, Hub Opera Ensemble will present one of opera's most famous love stories, Carmen, in a uniquely imaginative way at a new location.
BWW Interview: OUR TOWN Cast Will Present Slice of Small Town Life at Apollo Civic TheatreBWW Interview: OUR TOWN Cast Will Present Slice of Small Town Life at Apollo Civic Theatre
February 4, 2016

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the ultimate American theater classic about life and love lessons, Thornton Wilder's Our Town, will open at the Apollo Civic Theatre. Directed by Amanda Hartman, Our Town is a slice of small town life over a decade in Grover's Corners. The town citizens reveal every day problems and pleasures while the central story focuses on the lives of two families, the Webbs and Gibbs, as they eventually join together as George Gibbs and Emily Webb become romantically involved.
BWW Interview: ONE SLIGHT HITCH Premieres at Old Opera HouseBWW Interview: ONE SLIGHT HITCH Premieres at Old Opera House
February 2, 2016

A wedding should be a perfect romantic occasion...... so it's the perfect setting for the day when everything that can go wrong does, in the new Lewis Black comedy One Slight Hitch.
BWW Interview: DEATHTRAP to Open 2016 Season at Washington County PlayhouseBWW Interview: DEATHTRAP to Open 2016 Season at Washington County Playhouse
January 13, 2016

With the cold weather just beginning, the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater will present the chilling thriller Deathtrap for the first show of their 2016 season.
BWW Interview: DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW Opens at Apollo Civic TheatreBWW Interview: DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW Opens at Apollo Civic Theatre
December 11, 2015

This Christmas season, check into the Snowflake Inn while Dashing Through the Snow, a crazy Christmas comedy, opens December 11 at the Apollo Civic Theatre! Directed by Jeff Wine, Dashing Through the Snow takes place four days before Christmas, in a tiny town in Texas, where a colorful array of characters check in to the Snowflake Inn. Varying scenes tell the different holiday stories of all the crazy characters. A brother and sister attempt to end a holiday feud between their aunts. Self-absorbed actors from a low budget "Christmas Carol" production return to the inn to fulfill a promise, while Mrs. Clause and one of Santa's elves attempt a romantic rendezvous right before Christmas Eve!
BWW Interview: Washington County Playhouse Will Present THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVERBWW Interview: Washington County Playhouse Will Present THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
December 3, 2015

Christmas is coming to town..... and so are the worst kids in town, the Herdmans! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens this Friday at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater in Hagerstown, MD.
BWW Interview: THE MUSIC MAN Marches Into Old Opera House This ChristmasBWW Interview: THE MUSIC MAN Marches Into Old Opera House This Christmas
December 2, 2015

'Seventy-Six Trombones' are leading the big parade right into Charles Town, West Virginia as The Music Man opens at the Old Opera House just in time for Christmas!


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