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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Posted: Jul. 18, 2015


BWW Reviews: CATF: WORLD BUILDERS Displays the World Between Imagination and InsanityBWW Reviews: CATF: WORLD BUILDERS Displays the World Between Imagination and Insanity
Posted: Jul. 16, 2015


BWW Reviews: CATF: EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH is Visually Spectacular but Lacking in Depth and DevelopmentBWW Reviews: CATF: EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH is Visually Spectacular but Lacking in Depth and Development
Posted: Jul. 17, 2015


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We Are Pussy Riot, currently running at CATF, is an immersive and outstanding theatrical experience, filled with unique choices and the sobering undercurrent that this story is not just theatrical fiction.
BWW Reviews: CATF: EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH is Visually Spectacular but Lacking in Depth and DevelopmentBWW Reviews: CATF: EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH is Visually Spectacular but Lacking in Depth and Development
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Everything You Touch, a black comedy focusing on the fashion industry and two intertwining stories about how it affects two separate women's self worth, is very similar to the industry it portrays. The overall look, visual appeal and staging is phenomenal, but beneath the gorgeous costumes and flair, the heart of the production, the script and characters, leave much to be desired.
BWW Interviews: TRU Premieres for One-Night Only at Washington County PlayhouseBWW Interviews: TRU Premieres for One-Night Only at Washington County Playhouse
July 17, 2015

Though notable author Truman Capote passed away in 1984, he vividly comes to life in Jay Presson Allen's one-man show TRU. Actor Michael-Anthony Nozzi will return to the stage at Washington County Playhouse in Hagerstown, MD and portray Capote in this electric one-man show for a one-night only performance on July 23.
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Exquisitely directed by Ed Herendeen with a strong script by Steven Dietz, On Clover Road at CATF is truly an edge-of-your-seat thriller which leaves the audience guessing and gasping at every new suspenseful situation.
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July 16, 2015

In a twist on the typical modern American romance, The Full Catastrophe shows just how funny and futile our modern ideas about love can be. Dr. Jeremy Cook is a successful linguist, now unemployed, and accepts a mysterious job offer from an eccentric businessman, Mr. Pillow. As part of the "Pillow Project", Jeremy becomes a live-in marriage counselor to fighting suburban couple Dan and Beth, as the couple tries to hide the fact they need counseling from their adolescent son, Robbie. Complications arise as Jeremy realizes he really has no idea how to work as a marriage counselor, having never been married before, and that he is falling in love with Beth, who reminds him of his old flame who got away. Directed by Ed Herendeen and written by Michael Weller, this sarcastic, sweet and witty update of your Leave It to Beaver-esque family will leave audiences rolling with laughter.
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July 16, 2015

In an intimate show with epic possibilities, World Builders at the Contemporary American Theater Festival raises important questions about the fine line between imagination and insanity in today's medical society.
BWW Interviews: NEW VOICE PLAY FESTIVAL Premieres Original Works at Old Opera HouseBWW Interviews: NEW VOICE PLAY FESTIVAL Premieres Original Works at Old Opera House
June 14, 2015

The New Voice Play Festival, opening on June 19 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 from zany comedies to thought-provoking dramas and present various challenges to the actors and directors.
BWW Interviews: LEND ME A TENOR to Open at Washington County PlayhouseBWW Interviews: LEND ME A TENOR to Open at Washington County Playhouse
June 3, 2015

Many audiences are familiar with the zany Marx Brothers movie, A Night at the Opera. But for a fast-paced and even funnier theatrical show about a night at the opera, check out Lend Me A Tenor, opening at the Washington County Playhouse in Hagerstown, MD this weekend.
Summer Stages: BWW Top Picks for Summer Theater in West VirginiaSummer Stages: BWW Top Picks for Summer Theater in West Virginia
May 31, 2015

Theaters in West Virginia this summer will offer a not-so-stereotypical "summer season". Many world premiere plays and new shows will debut, while some classic and contemporary musicals are still available in some of the state's professional theaters. Listed below are five 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 Interviews: THE TEMPEST Storms Into Black Box Arts CenterBWW Interviews: THE TEMPEST Storms Into Black Box Arts Center
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The weather forecast may be clear this weekend, but a storm is approaching the Black Box Arts Center in Shepherdstown as William Shakespeare's The Tempest opens Friday, May 29.
BWW Interviews: LA BOHEME Opens at Hagerstown Hub OperaBWW Interviews: LA BOHEME Opens at Hagerstown Hub Opera
May 21, 2015

Opening this weekend at Hagerstown Hub Opera, Puccini's La Boheme proves that the struggle is real. La Boheme is one of the most well known operatic stories about a group of young, impoverished artists struggling to make ends meet while holding onto their artistic ideals in a Parisian garret. Millennials may know the story as the classic opera which inspired the hit Broadway musical Rent.
BWW Interviews: Apollo Civic Theater to Present ONCE UPON A MATTRESSBWW Interviews: Apollo Civic Theater to Present ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
May 6, 2015

Opening this weekend at the Apollo Civic Theater, Once Upon a Mattress, directed by Lauren Hugg and musically directed by Paul Cabell, tells the real story of the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea". Not so long ago in a kingdom not so far away, evil Queen Aggravain has declared no one in the kingdom may be married until her precious Prince Dauntless finds a bride. However, the Queen devises seemingly more difficult tests for each Princess to pass and makes it almost impossible for Dauntless to find his true love, until an unusually bold and unrefined princess, Winnifred the Woebegone, arrives and may turn the classic fairy tale on its head when it appears the Princess must save the Prince.
BWW Interviews: THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL to Debut at Old Opera HouseBWW Interviews: THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL to Debut at Old Opera House
April 21, 2015

Grab a six pack and your plastic pink flamingos, because The Great American Trailer Park Musical is coming to the Old Opera House in Charles Town, WV. Described as an "episode of Jerry Springer set to music", The Great American Trailer Park Musical takes a hilarious and often touching look at the lives of the residents in one of Florida's finest trailer parks when Pipi, a stripper on the run, comes between Dr. Phil-loving housewife Jeanne and her husband Norbert. The show is directed by David Porterfield, musically directed by Alison Shafer and choreographed by Ed Conn.
BWW Interviews: THE ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL Brings History to Life this Weekend at Apollo Civic TheaterBWW Interviews: THE ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL Brings History to Life this Weekend at Apollo Civic Theater
April 14, 2015

History comes to vivid life this weekend as The Andersonville Trial opens at the Apollo Civic Theater in Martinsburg, WV. Based on the real life trial of Henry Wirz during the Civil War, The Andersonville Trial is directed by Tami McDonald and features over fifteen area actors bringing a little-known court case from American history to brilliant life.
BWW Previews: Shepherd University Scene Stealers to Premiere LITTLE WOMENBWW Previews: Shepherd University Scene Stealers to Premiere LITTLE WOMEN
April 13, 2015

Little Women, a contemporary musical featuring the timeless story of the four March sisters, will premiere this Friday at Reynolds Hall on the campus of Shepherd University, produced by Shepherd University's student-run musical theater group, Scene Stealers.
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April 7, 2015

BWW Interviews: BIRDS OF PARADISE to Premiere at Being Revived
BWW Interviews: RABBIT HOLE to Debut at The Black Box Arts CenterBWW Interviews: RABBIT HOLE to Debut at The Black Box Arts Center
March 12, 2015

This Friday, Rabbit Hole, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, will debut at the recently opened Black Box Arts Center in Shepherdstown, WV. Directed by Julie Bloomquist, Rabbit Hole tells the seemingly simple, yet emotionally complex story of individual family members all dealing with the death of a young child. Married couple Becca and Howie have lost their four year old son after he was accidentally hit by a car. The family struggles to cope with the loss as Becca's sister, Izzy, is currently pregnant and Becca's mother, Nat, attempts to comfort her daughters and hold the fragile family together.
BWW Previews: HERE ON THE FLIGHT PATH Flies Into the Old Opera House This Weekend!BWW Previews: HERE ON THE FLIGHT PATH Flies Into the Old Opera House This Weekend!
March 10, 2015

Here on the Flight Path, a new romantic comedy by Norm Foster, flies into opening this Friday at the Old Opera House in Charles Town, WV. In Here on the Flight Path, John, a slightly nerdy man coming out of a failed relationship, lives on the edge of Toronto's Pearson Airport. The play focuses on John's different relationships with three women over the course of time. A unique factor for Here on the Flight Path lies in the intimate staging.
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!


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