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Moby Dick: The Musical!

"Samie Jo Johnson’s facial expressions and effervescent presence light up the stage."

Ian Rigg, Chicagoland Musical Theatre

Photo by Oomphotagraphy

Photo by Oomphotagraphy

 Free Therapy: A One Woman Show,
Self Produced in Evansville & Chicago

"I think I speak for most people when I say thank you for showing us all how beautiful it is to be comfortable in your own skin. You were so amazing and genuine, and a true work of art Samie!"

Rachel, Facebook

"It was an amazing experience, I am so grateful to you for baring your soul for all of us like you did"

Nate, Facebook

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Shakespeare in the Park, GreenStage

"Extra special delightfulness to Samie Jo Johnson in Hamlet. You so nailed Polonius before Hamlet had a chance to skewer him!! and your Horatio and Laertes rocked!"

Fan Mail from Toni

Who says young women can't play old men?

Who says young women can't play old men?



Spaghetti Western 3D, In the Mix Ensemble

"From their seamless pacing to their enchanting harmonizing to their own musical accompaniment, this cowgirl gang is sure lasso your heart."

Perfect Strangers: Indy

"What I liked most about this show was the overall energy and enthusiasm of the cast. The over-exaggerated facial features, the physical comedy, and the witty one-liners all come together for a perfect snapshot of the Old West."

Indy Fringe Talks

This show is the reason I learned how to play the guitar. I also came up with our hashtag: #spaghettiwiththefringeontop Photo Credit to Mark Rigney

This show is the reason I learned how to play the guitar. I also came up with our hashtag: #spaghettiwiththefringeontop Photo Credit to Mark Rigney


The Royal Society of Antarctica, University of Evansville

"Johnson's honest performance uplifted the rest of the cast, allowing each character to shine brightly"

"Antarctica," which has more performances through the weekend, not only showed the prowess of the department's current students but also the longevity of its past training through its graduates."

Evansville Courier Press

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Surrounded, Round Room Image 

(Previously The Unexpected Laboratory)

"This show is gutting, but it's also disturbing -- particularly a scene in which the lone woman onstage is put in a cage, electrocuted and led around like a dog, perhaps to signify the subconscious repression/reprogramming of Connor's "feminine" side. It left this reviewer rattled."

Winnipeg Free Press

"...particularly in the scene where the girl was limp putty to her fellow ensemble and in the final scene where the cast created a moving supportive community. You could tell there was a lot of trust and physical listening working in the ensemble"

Eva Meiling Pollitt (Mei Mei)

Simultaneously my most and least favorite moment of the show. Photo Credit to Round Room Image

Simultaneously my most and least favorite moment of the show. Photo Credit to Round Room Image

 

Richard III, The University of Evansville

"The cast and crew came out swinging and hit a grand slam with "Richard III" and left me very moved, with the audience and I in an immediate standing ovation as the show ended."

"Overall, the show was a great example of how talented the students are at UE. The program is creating opportunities for students on and offstage that challenge them constantly. "Richard III" was a tall order, and these students filled it. Bravo."

Evansville Courier Press

Three Queens and a Duchess. Photo Credit to Julia Toney Costume Designs by Alison Clifton

Three Queens and a Duchess. Photo Credit to Julia Toney Costume Designs by Alison Clifton

 

Dancing At Lughnasa, University of Evansville

"Free spirit single mother Christina and headstrong Kate — portrayed by sophomore Hannah Connally and junior Samie Johnson respectively — bring a mother-daughter dynamic to their relationship that captures the dramatic nature of sisterhood."

"Director Diane Brewer’s focus on the ensemble as a whole shined through the entire performance. All together, the play captured the soaring nature of memories, flying as high as we can manage before being cut loose only to fade into the distance."

Evansville Courier Press