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 Preview: A TUNA CHRISTMAS at Washington County Playhouse Dinner TheaterBWW Preview: A TUNA CHRISTMAS at Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
Posted: Nov. 18, 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 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: Get Ready to Rock! ROCK OF AGES Debuts at Apollo Civic TheaterBWW Interview: Get Ready to Rock! ROCK OF AGES Debuts at Apollo Civic Theater
Posted: Sep. 23, 2016


BWW Interview: SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE Solves a Mystery at the Old Opera HouseBWW Interview: SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE Solves a Mystery at the Old Opera House
Posted: Oct. 14, 2016


BWW Interview: Let Them Entertain You as GYPSY Opens at Washington County PlayhouseBWW Interview: Let Them Entertain You as GYPSY Opens at Washington County Playhouse
Posted: Sep. 9, 2016


BWW Preview: A CHRISTMAS CAROL: SCROOGE AND MARLEY at Old Opera HouseBWW Preview: A CHRISTMAS CAROL: SCROOGE AND MARLEY at Old Opera House
December 1, 2016

Just in time for Christmas, the Old Opera House presents the timeless classic A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley, with some unique updates and an unexpected character in this version taking on the role of the narrator.

BWW Preview: A TUNA CHRISTMAS at Washington County Playhouse Dinner TheaterBWW Preview: A TUNA CHRISTMAS at Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
November 18, 2016

Small towns are a staple of many holiday stories. But if you're tired of visiting Bedford Falls this Christmas season, stop in at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and spend Christmas in Tuna, Texas, the third smallest town in Texas, as the holidays kick off with their production of A Tuna Christmas.

BWW Interview: SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE Solves a Mystery at the Old Opera HouseBWW Interview: SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE Solves a Mystery at the Old Opera House
October 14, 2016

It is "Elementary, my dear Watson" if you are looking for an entertainment option this weekend to attend Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure at the Old Opera House.

BWW Interview: Get Ready to Rock! ROCK OF AGES Debuts at Apollo Civic TheaterBWW Interview: Get Ready to Rock! ROCK OF AGES Debuts at Apollo Civic Theater
September 23, 2016

'Don't Stop Believin' ' and get ready to rock this weekend as the area premiere of Rock of Ages debuts at the Apollo Civic Theater!

BWW Interview: Let Them Entertain You as GYPSY Opens at Washington County PlayhouseBWW Interview: Let Them Entertain You as GYPSY Opens at Washington County Playhouse
September 9, 2016

"Everything's Coming Up Roses" as Gypsy debuts this Saturday at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater! The ultimate book and backstage musical displays one of the most infamous "stage mothers" in musical theater while providing the back story and origins to one of the most famous burlesque artists, Gypsy Rose Lee.

BWW Interview: All Bets Are Off! GUYS AND DOLLS Opens at Old Opera HouseBWW Interview: All Bets Are Off! GUYS AND DOLLS Opens at Old Opera House
September 7, 2016

Take a gamble this weekend as Guys and Dolls, the classic Broadway musical comedy about gangsters, showgirls and mission workers comes to life on the Old Opera House stage.

BWW Review: CATF PEN/MAN/SHIP is a Dramatic, Dark and Unforgettable Theatrical VoyageBWW Review: CATF PEN/MAN/SHIP is a Dramatic, Dark and Unforgettable Theatrical Voyage
July 28, 2016

Unlike Anything Goes or some other lighter summer shows set on ships, Christina Anderson's phenomenal new play, pen/man/ship, currently running at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, is a stunningly crafted and unforgettable voyage that confronts modern controversial issues, such as race, religion and gender, in an intriguing historical context.

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.



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