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.
Get ready for the return of some hysterical Southern fried comedy this weekend as The Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens debuts at the Old Opera House in Charles Town!BWW Previews: DEADLY MURDER at Old Opera House February 1, 2018
Tap your toes to the swinging big band jazz sounds of the 1940's, including Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Strike Up The Band as The 1940's Radio Hour opens this weekend at the Old Opera House.BWW Review: CHICAGO at Apollo Civic Theatre September 27, 2017
A sharply timed and hysterical show featuring a wonderful ensemble cast with pristine comedic direction from Susan Thornton, Ken Ludwig's Lend Me A Tenor at the Old Opera House is one evening of comedy you don't want to miss!BWW Previews: LEND ME A TENOR at Old Opera House September 8, 2017
We Will Not Be Silent at CATF is an extraordinary theatrical experience based on true events. College student Sophie Scholl is arrested and interrogated by a German Nazi officer (not entirely unsympathetic to her cause) for the only act of civil disobedience protesting Hitler by a German citizen during the Second World War.BWW Review: BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI at CATF July 29, 2017
A dark comedy about unexpected choices and familial prejudices, Byhalia Mississippi is a phenomenal evening of entertainment directed by Marc Masterson and wonderfully written by Evan Linder.BWW Previews: SEUSSICAL at Old Opera House July 26, 2017
You can join the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, Thing 1 and Thing 2 and many other famous Dr. Seuss characters on an adventure this weekend as the Old Opera House presents Seussical: The Musical.BWW Review: WELCOME TO FEAR CITY at CATF July 25, 2017
Though it contains the admirable and relevant racial contemporary message the playwright, Kara Lee Corthron, intended, Welcome to Fear City suffers from a lack of a coherent vision and a dragging pace unsuited to the fast-talking, non-stop world of the 1970's Bronx in which the play is set.BWW Review: EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL at CATF July 24, 2017
A beautiful story of redemption and forgiveness within a family, Everything is Wonderful truly is a wonderful show at CATF this summer. While still handling a dark subject matter, the tone and eventual outcome of the show is much more light-hearted than one would expect walking in and Ed Herendeen's direction of the family tale of love and loss is astounding.BWW Review: THE NICETIES at CATF July 24, 2017
Featuring a tour de force performance from its' two female stars, cutting dialogue and presenting the strongest of both social questions and CATF performances this summer, The Niceties is a show not to be missed.BWW Review: WILD HORSES at CATF July 19, 2017
Wild Horses is a charming, energetic coming of age story of teenage rebellion and romance in the 1970's expertly performed in a solo show by Kate Udall. Written by Allison Gregory and in the National New Play Network premiere, a single unnamed woman recounts a single summer from her teenage years when she and her friends experiment with sex, drinking and finding freedom, among typical teenage highs and heartbreaks within their families and social circles. The central theme tying the summer of memories together is the horses kept in terrible conditions on a nearby ranch and the woman and her friends' attempts to set the horses free.BWW Previews: NEW VOICE PLAY FESTIVAL at Old Opera House June 23, 2017
Directed by Steven Brewer and debuting on the Old Opera House stage, The Savannah Sipping Society is a hysterical and sentimental show about the relationship between four women, formed over an impromptu happy hour.BWW Preview: THE LIAR at Black Box Arts Center March 3, 2017
If you enjoyed the movie Liar Liar, starring Jim Carey, then prepare for a hilarious evening of theater with a twist. The Liar, a comedy premiering at the Black Box Arts Center in Shepherdstown, features a main character who cannot tell the truth!BWW Preview: OTHER DESERT CITIES at Old Opera House February 6, 2017
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.