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 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: 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 - In THE ASHES UNDER GAIT CITY, Old Sociological Problems Face a Social Media ConflictBWW Reviews: CATF - ASHES UNDER GAIT CITY Showcases Social Media Conflicts
Posted: Jul. 28, 2014


BWW Interviews: The Cast of LYING IN STATE Discusses the Wacky, Wonderful ComedyBWW Interviews: The Cast of LYING IN STATE Discusses the Wacky, Wonderful Comedy
Posted: Jul. 9, 2014


BWW Reviews: CATF 2014: ONE NIGHT Features Excellent Special Effects and Performances, but Poor Plot and PacingBWW Reviews: ONE NIGHT Features Excellent Effects, but Poor Plot
Posted: Jul. 21, 2014


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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: Hagerstown Hub Opera Presents Delightful Double Bill of OperasBWW Reviews: Hagerstown Hub Opera Presents Delightful Double Bill of Operas
Posted: Jan. 16, 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


The Best West Virginia Theater Picks of 2013The Best West Virginia Theater Picks of 2013
Posted: Dec. 27, 2013


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.
BWW Interviews: The Cast of LYING IN STATE Discusses the Wacky, Wonderful ComedyBWW Interviews: The Cast of LYING IN STATE Discusses the Wacky, Wonderful Comedy
July 9, 2014

Most people have heard the usual jokes about some senators being so old, they are practically dead in office. But what if your local senator running for re-election actually was dead? Welcome to the wacky, woeful dilemma in Lying in State, a comedy by David C. Hyer, directed by Jeff Czerbinski and assistant directed by Seth Thompson, premiering this Friday at the Washington County Playhouse in Hagerstown, MD. "This show is the most fun audiences will ever have at a funeral home! Our director has assembled some of the most naturally comic actors and tuned their deliveries to highest levels in order to elicit genuine guffaws of laughter from the audience!" said Jeff Leinbach, who plays Fred.
BWW Interviews: Potomac Playmakers to Present William Inge's BUS STOPBWW Interviews: Potomac Playmakers to Present William Inge's BUS STOP
June 18, 2014

If the summer heat is already too hot for you, come cool off in Grace's Diner when the Potomac Playmakers present Bus Stop this weekend in Hagerstown, MD. Five travelers are stranded in a roadside diner during a howling blizzard in 1955 in Kansas, and as the temperature drops, tensions and passions rise between the various characters in William Inge's comedic classic.
BWW Interviews: NEW VOICE PLAY FESTIVAL Offers Local Actors Chance to Create Original CharactersBWW Interviews: NEW VOICE PLAY FESTIVAL Offers Local Actors Chance to Create Original Characters
June 17, 2014

The New Voice Play Festival, opening on June 20 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 cover a broad emotional spectrum, dealing with subjects varying from how to spend your last 24 hours on earth to dysfunctional families to plumber's posteriors.
BWW Interviews: The Cast of CALIGULA Discusses Debut of the Tragedy in HagerstownBWW Interviews: The Cast of CALIGULA Discusses Debut of the Tragedy in Hagerstown
June 10, 2014

Though it's only June, if you're already tired of glittering summer stock musicals and comedy productions, a definite change of pace is available in Hagerstown beginning June 13. Caligula, a tragedy, will mark the debut production of The Student Stage Actors Guild in Hagerstown, MD at the Academy Theater.
Summer Stages: BWW Top Picks for Summer Theater in West VirginiaSummer Stages: BWW Top Picks for Summer Theater in West Virginia
June 2, 2014

Theaters in West Virginia this summer will offer a much more contemporary and controversial offering of new plays. However, traditional blockbuster summer stock musicals will still be readily available in any number of summer theater seasons in the state. The top three summer theater seasons and events from West Virginia are listed below, but are only a small offering of the many fantastic performances and live theater seasons occurring in West Virginia this summer.
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
May 30, 2014

The Hagerstown Hub Opera production of one of Mozart's most famous operas, The Marriage of Figaro, is an enjoyable way to spend an evening, providing audiences with gorgeous music and vocals and very clever caricatures of the well known opera buffa stereotypes.
BWW Interviews: Jay Huling Talks World Premiere of Comedy THE SING SING SUITE at Washington County PlayhouseBWW Interviews: Jay Huling Talks World Premiere of Comedy THE SING SING SUITE at Washington County Playhouse
May 8, 2014

Most people have watched all of the great prison escape movies or heard the unbelievable stories about prison breakouts. But what about a prison that is so fantastic, people try to break INTO it, and none of the prisoners want to leave? In the new Jay Huling comedy The Sing Sing Suite, premiering this Saturday at the Washington County Playhouse, the playwright explores a new idea for an original comedy which came from a usual fact of life.
BWW Interviews: Monty Python's SPAMALOT To Open at Apollo Civic TheaterBWW Interviews: Monty Python's SPAMALOT To Open at Apollo Civic Theater
April 29, 2014

If you are looking for a thought-provoking and relevant drama featuring heavy moral dilemmas and questions about human nature.......then you should keep looking. "And now, for something completely different" the musical comedy Monty Python's Spamalot will open May 2 at the Apollo Civic Theater in Martinsburg, WV. Directed by Micheal Stiles, with musical direction by Allison Shafer and choreography by Kat Ward, the area premiere of Spamalot will continue the Apollo Civic Theater's 100th annual season.
BWW Interviews: Old Opera House to Present Neil Simon's THE DINNER PARTYBWW Interviews: Old Opera House to Present Neil Simon's THE DINNER PARTY
April 23, 2014

Don't have any dinner plans this weekend? Come to the Old Opera House in Charles Town, WV, for an evening of theater featuring an unusual play by a well-known American playwright. The Dinner Party, written by Neil Simon and directed by Glenn Frail, opens this weekend at the Old Opera House. Though the theater company has previously produced Neil Simon productions, this show is a bit unique.
BWW Reviews: REEFER MADNESS Deserves Some Buzz: It Really Is a 'Hit'!BWW Reviews: REEFER MADNESS Deserves Some Buzz: It Really Is a 'Hit'!
April 7, 2014

One certainly doesn't need to get high to enjoy all the buzz from the Being Revived production of Reefer Madness, running at Frederick Community College through April 13. Expertly directed in the hands of David Norman, this rarely-produced, cult classic musical is an outstanding production, with every over-the-top comedic moment and high-energy musical number (under the impeccable music direction of Jonas Dawson) leaving the audience "jumping"!
BWW Interviews: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK to Open at Apollo Civic TheaterBWW Interviews: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK to Open at Apollo Civic Theater
April 3, 2014

Wedding season is almost here, so it is the perfect time to see a classic comedy about navigating the ups and downs in life as newlyweds! Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park opens April 4 at the Apollo Civic Theater in Martinsburg, WV.
BWW Interviews: It's a 'Hit'! Being Revived Theater Company to Perform REEFER MADNESS, 4/4BWW Interviews: It's a 'Hit'! Being Revived Theater Company to Perform REEFER MADNESS, 4/4
April 2, 2014

Coming soon to an All-American theater near you! It's the "evil downward spiral filled with sex, violence and evil jazz music", Reefer Madness, a hilarious musical spoof of the 1936 public service film of the same name.
BWW Interviews: Washington County Playhouse's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE Full of Old Laughs and New SurprisesBWW Interviews: Washington County Playhouse's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE Full of Old Laughs and New Surprises
March 28, 2014

In the Washington County Playhouse production of Arsenic and Old Lace, the elderly Brewster sisters appear to be your typical sweet old ladies, whose hobbies include knitting, church social visits and.... murdering their dinner guests.
BWW Interviews: THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR Cast Discuss the Fluffy and Fufilling ComedyBWW Interviews: THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR Cast Discuss the Fluffy and Fufilling Comedy
March 14, 2014

Imagine the worst, most awkward family reunion you have ever attended......and then count yourself lucky, because the Verdeen family reunion in the upcoming comedy The Red Velvet Cake War at the Old Opera House, directed by Will Heyser, will make your worst family reunion look like a paradise, with plenty of laughs along the way.


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