5 Questions with theater actor Johnny Archer

Hannah Swayze • Dec 17, 2018 at 8:42 AM

Johnny Archer has been on stage for many, many years. Currently, you can catch him in the Blue Moon Theatre Company’s production of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!).”

Name: Johnny Archer

Age: 44

Archer in a flash:

Favorite  shows? ”Westworld” is a favorite! Brilliant show! Also “Game of Thrones” and “Penny Dreadful.” “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” will always be a favorite!
Do you have any pets? No pets, but my girlfriend’s cats love me.
Favorite way to spend a Saturday? I’m usually in a show or working on a Saturday, so favorite way to spend a Saturday would be watching TV and hanging out with my girlfriend.
Any pet peeves? Pet peeves are rudeness, insincerity and willful ignorance.
Any favorite holiday traditions? After spending so many years in California, it’s nice to just be home and do a little decorating for the holidays.

1. How did you get into acting?

I did my first show when I was 7, as my mother likes to point out. I played Paul Revere in a school play about the American Revolution. I basically just ran onstage with a stick horse and shouted, “The British are coming! The British are coming!”

I didn’t do anything else until I was a sophomore in high school, and I got cast in another school play. After that, I was hooked. I attended ETSU, where I studied theater and music. I worked at a couple of professional regional theaters in Ohio and Virginia, and then moved to Los Angeles for many years.

2. Can you tell me a little bit about the current show you are in and your role?

The current show is a Christmas comedy written for three performers. It’s called
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!). It’s three people doing their best to perform (quickly) as many classic Christmas comedies as they can in an hour and a half. It gets very ridiculous with all the quick props and costume changes.

3. How has this show been so far? What has your experience been like?

This show has been fantastic fun, and working with my friend Ed is truly a joy. I’ve been doing shows all year at The Blue Moon, and we truly are a family of creative people.

4. What do you do when you’re not doing theater?

When I’m not doing shows, I’m usually trying to find something interesting to watch on Netflix, playing my guitar, or spending time with my girlfriend, who also performs at The Blue Moon.

5. Any special plans for the holidays this year?

No very special plans for the holidays. Just relaxing and spending time with my family.

Catch the last weekend of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)” at the Blue Moon Dinner Theatre on Friday at Saturday nights at 8. The theater is at 215 E. Main St., in downtown Johnson City. Tickets are sold online or at the door. 

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