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Snowdance 2017

Over Our Head Players has announced the 10 finalists selected for performance at the “2017 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival.” Between July and October, a record-breaking 284 scripts were submitted for consideration. Playwrights from 35 states and six foreign countries entered the competition. The largest number of entries came from California, followed by New York. Three of the 2017 finalists have competed in previous Snowdance competitions.

The Snowdance selection committee has chosen these 10 finalists to further compete in production. These original comedies will be performed together by the OOHP Snowdance® ensemble at Sixth Street Theatre in February. At each performance, audience members can vote for their favorite individual comedy; the audience favorites win cash prizes.

The winning titles and their authors:

Googleheads by Eoin Carney, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Two strangers at a bus stop converse in the universal language of the future

Soul Man by Greg Jenkins, Luke, Maryland
A down-on-his-luck dentist receives a visit from an angel

One Night Stan by Adam Szudrich, Australia
Three women each recount their evening with Stan

Statehood by John C. Davenport, Seattle, Washington
Wormy has some grand plans for his restroom stall

Well Really by Susan Goodell, Weston, Connecticut
Just a traditional family dinner conversation - not

Jesus Feeds the 4,999 by Kay Phillips, Sierra Vista, Arizona
Biblical miracle worker encounters a gastronomic dilemma

Conspiracy of Love by Philip J. Kaplan, Brooklyn, New York
A blind date, and he has a one-track mind

Game Day by Robert O’Connell, Coral Springs, Florida
Four famous “patriots” have a long-standing football rivalry

Four People Trapped in an Elevator for Ten Hours Depicted Here in Under Ten Minutes by Michael Johnson, Racine, Wisconsin
The title says it all

Snipped by Joshua Kaplan, Los Angeles, California
He’ll do anything for love, but will he do that?

The Snowdance 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a competition of original 10 minute comedies.  In the ultimate interactive experience, the audience can vote for the production they enjoyed the most.  The votes will be tallied throughout the five week festival run, and the Snowdance® “Best in Snow” will be awarded after the final performance on March 5.  A cash award of $500.00 goes to “Best in Snow”, with a $200.00 award going to second place and $100 to third place.  OOHP presents Snowdance February 3 – March 5, 2017. Friday performances are at 8:00; Saturday shows are at 5:30 and 8:00.  Sunday shows are at 2:30, and Thursdays performances are at 7:00.  Tickets are $17.50 on Fridays and Saturdays and $15 Thursdays and Sundays.  Reservations are available at (262)632-6802.

Managing Artistic Director Rich Smith describes the submissions, "Every year, Snowdance truly reflects the current trends in playwrighting. It is always interesting to see the topics and styles that comprise each year's entrants. We have chosen 10 scripts for production that represent the best of contemporary comedy writing." He does add, "It's a ‘PG-13' mix of material this year - sure to be lots of fun for audiences, whether attending their first Snowdance or their 12th+1." And now it's time to get to work. "We have a terrific ensemble of comedic actors on board for this year's Snowdance. Once again, we are fortunate to have a mix of Snowdance veterans along with a few talented rookies. The other directors and I cannot wait to start working with them and bringing these new comedies to life on the Sixth Street Theatre stage."

The 2017 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is sponsored by Minuteman Press.  Rich Smith leads the Snowdance acting and directing ensemble, which also features John Adams, Kristin Althoff, Elizabeth Bitner, Diane Carlson, Chynna Chung, Nicolas Hoyt, Mary Kveton, Ron Schulz, Robbie Shaw and Eric Welch.

The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival has grown into an international event and has been granted a United States trademark registration.  All twelve previous Snowdance® Festivals played to sold out audiences.

Over Our Head Players is a non-profit organization of volunteer talent now in their 25th season; they operate the Sixth Street Theatre in Racine.  OOHPs has a commitment to original theatre.  In addition to the annual Snowdance® competition, previous original works include sold-out productions of The Cedar Chest Letters, It's a Wonderful Lifeboat, Ode to Garlic, Waiting for the WeinermobileTM, Big Shoes, Still Haven't Found..., Real Remembrances of the War in Vietnam, and their 2004 Artwalk performance of Camp Nelson. Their season is made possible in part through a grant from the Racine Community Foundation.

 
Snowdance 2017 Rules PDF Print E-mail
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OFFICIAL RULES, APPLICATION, AND SCRIPT INFORMATION

Snowdance 2017

The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a festival of original comedies that run 10 minutes or less. Submitted scripts will be judged by the Snowdance Selection Committee. A selection of scripts will be chosen for production during the Snowdance Festival in the winter of 2017. These selections will round out a complete performance. Audiences attending Snowdance performances will have the ability to vote for the production they enjoyed the most. The votes will be tallied throughout the five week festival run, and the Snowdance “Best in Snow” will be awarded to the winning playwright after the final performance on March 5, 2017. Cash award of $500.00 to “Best in Snow,” with $200.00 awards to second place and $100 for third place.

  • Through November 1st - Call for scripts.
  • November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.
  • February 3 – March 5, 2017 - Run of festival performances.
  • March 5, 2017 (immediately after final performance) - Announcement of “Best in Snow.”
To enter a script, please follow these steps.
  1. Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered.
  2. Plays must run 10 minutes or less. A rule of thumb - 1 page (8 1/2 x 11) of single spaced, average dialogue will total about 90 seconds. Read it out loud - time it – test it – and re-write if need be.
  3. Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2016.
  4. Manuscripts must be on standard 8-1/2” x 11” paper, cleanly typed and securely bound. Scripts should follow standard format. (Check any scriptwriting book in your library)
  5. Plays can have a cast of 1 to 5 characters and should be easily staged. Avoid any elaborate set requirements. And remember it is a ‘COMEDY FESTIVAL’.
  6. The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list, set requirements, and a 1 to 3 sentence synopsis of the play.
  7. Submit one (1) copy of your script.
  8. Send scripts to:
    SNOWDANCE
    C/O Sixth Street Theatre
    318 Sixth Street
    Racine, Wisconsin 53403
  9. Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at (262) 632-6802 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Plays selected for the festival will be produced by Over Our Head Players.
 
Snowdance 2017 Winners PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 March 2017 00:00

OVER OUR HEAD PLAYERS AWARD PLAYWRITING PRIZES

Snowdance 2017

RACINE, WISCONSIN, MARCH 5, 2017: Over Our Head Players concluded the 2017 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival on Sunday by presenting the audience favorite Best in Snow prizes. Over the five week sold-out Snowdance run, each attendee played judge via their votes. The Best in Snow winning entry was Game Day by Robert O’Connell from Coral Springs, Florida. Second place went to Jesus Feeds the 4,999 by Kay Phillips of Sierra Vista, Arizona. Third place went to Snipped by Joshua Kaplan of Los Angeles, California.

After the final Snowdance performance Sunday, the audience voted for their favorites, just as audiences at each of the previous 24 performances had done. The final show’s tally was added to the votes from throughout the run. Then, the Snowdance ensemble came together for the Closing Ceremonies.

As is tradition, the ceremonial Dance of the Salmon highlighted the Closing Ceremonies. There was some concern that the props budget could not cover a salmon this year, but miraculous intervention prevailed. John Adams was able to once again dance with a fish. Then, the ceremonial Snowdance snow cone was sealed away for next year’s competition, and the company gathered around balloting supervisor Anna Clementi, who had the winning results sealed in a mayonnaise jar. Anna presented third and second place. Rich Smith, director of Snipped, accepted third place. Nicholas Hoyt, of Jesus Feeds the 4,999, took second place on the podium. As the excitement built, Anna commented how Snowdance 13 came off without any bad luck despite superstitions surrounding the number 13. However, she may have spoken too soon. After opening the winners envelope, she looked confused. Cast member Kristin Althoff stepped in to read the winner: “La La Land.” After a short but ill-fated celebration, cast member Nicholas Hoyt took the card to announce “Miss Columbia” as Best in Snow. Anna reclaimed possession of the winners envelope and declared the true winner, with Snowdance cast members accepting the awards on behalf of the playwrights. Finally, Ron Schulz accepted first place for Game Day.

The $500 first place Best in Snow award went to Robert O’Connell from Coral Springs, Florida, for Game Day which featured four revolution-era presidents cheering on their favorite football teams. Second place went to Kay Phillips of Sierra Vista, Arizona, for Jesus Feeds the 4,999 – Jesus and his disciple try to satisfy a follower who cannot stomach loaves or fishes. Third place was awarded to Joshua Kaplan of Los Angeles, California, for Snipped about the worst-case outcome of an anatomy-changing surgical procedure. Second place received $200, and the third place award was $100.

Managing Artistic Director Rich Smith reflects on this year’s Snowdance, “We are so proud to make Racine the home of the 10 minute comedy competition. Snowdance’s reputation continues to grow among playwrights, resulting in this year’s record-setting 284 submissions. Many years, we receive multiple submissions with variations on a similar theme, allowing Snowdance to truly reflect the material presented across the country; we are proud to bring the freshest writing to Racine. This year, many of the submissions had fun with history and chronology, placing historical figures in modern situation. We selected three of them for production: Soul Man, Jesus Feeds the 4,999, and Game Day. Two of those pieces were winners tonight, reflecting again the savvy Snowdance audience. Our audience continues to recognize good comedy and reward the playwrights and productions that are unique, clever, and funny.” Smith continued, “Of course, we couldn’t pass up Game Day not only because we knew our audience would enjoy it, but also because it provided a dream role for one of our cast members. After 25 seasons, OOHPs founding member John Adams had the opportunity to play president John Adams.”

Responding to a question, Stage Manager Diane Carlson added, “Despite the four presidents who bantered through Game Day, and the hyjinx appearances of ‘George W. Bush,’ ‘Barack Obama,’ and ‘John Dickert,’ Snowdance generally avoided political humor. Again, this reflects the material we received. But this year in particular, as a comedy festival, we see our mission as one to unite people, to make the audience laugh; the arts do have an obligation, but sometimes, that obligation is just to provide a respite.”

Smith concludes, “After 13 years, it is rewarding to hear from our audience, ‘It was difficult to choose. Each one made us laugh. We can’t wait to see Snowdance next year.’ Yes, OOHPs is planning to bring Snowdance back again in 2018.”

Snowdance was produced by an ensemble. The acting and directing ensemble featured John Adams, Kristin Althoff, Elizabeth Bitner, Diane Carlson, Chynna Chung, Nicholas Hoyt, Mary Kveton, Ron Schulz, Robbie Shaw, Rich Smith, Joe Van Hulle, and Eric Welch.

The additional production staff also included Joseph Piirto, Janine Anderson, Amy Ball, Skip Carlson, Anna Clementi, Paula Ann Czechowicz, Brandy Harrell, Chad Heinzelman, Preston Hill, Kevin Hlavka, Jerry Horton, Lori Kwiatkowski, Christopher Larson, Ryan Loberger, Anne Mollerskov, Paul Reese, Wendy Schulz, Connor Smith, Jim Smith, and Emily Sweetman.

The Snowdance Comedy Festival was sponsored by Minuteman Press. Over Our Head Players is a non-profit organization of volunteer talent from throughout Southeastern Wisconsin; they operate the Sixth Street Theatre in Downtown Racine. Their 25th season closes with Bob: A Life In Five Acts, a comedic exploration of American mythology, running April 21 – May 7. For information, please call the box office at (262) 632-6802.

Game Days
The 2017 Best in Snow Winner, "Game Day" by Robert O’Connell from Coral Springs, Florida.
Directed by Rich Smith
Featuring Rich Smith, John Adams, Nicholas Hoyt, Ron Schulz

Jesus Feeds the 4999
Second place went to "Jesus Feeds the 4,999" by Kay Phillips of Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Directed by Rich Smith
Featuring Eric Welch, Nicholas Hoyt, and Chynna Chung

Snipped
Third place went to Snipped by Joshua Kaplan of Los Angeles, California.
Directed by Rich Smith
Featuring Elizabeth Bitner, John Adams, and Rich Smith

Thank you for joining us for Snowdance; we truly appreciate our audience. We are so proud to make Racine "The Home of the 10 Minute Comedy Competition."

2017 Snowdance Ensemble

The 2017 Snowdance Ensemble

Cast: John Adams, Kristin Althoff, Elizabeth Bitner, Chynna Chung, Nicholas Hoyt, Mary Kveton, Ron Schulz, Robbie Shaw, Rich Smith, Joe Van Hulle, and Eric Welch.

Crew: Joseph Piirto, John Adams, Janine Anderson, Amy Ball, Diane Carlson, Skip Carlson, Paula Ann Czechowicz, Anna Clementi, Brandy Harrell, Chad Heinzelman, Preston Hill, Kevin Hlavka, Jerry Horton, Lori Kwiatkowski, Christopher Larson, Ryan Loberger, Ann Mollerskov, Paul Reese, Ron Schulz, Wendy Schulz, Connor Smith, Jim Smith, and Emily Sweetman

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Snowdance 2016 Winners PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 February 2016 11:33

OVER OUR HEAD PLAYERS AWARD PLAYWRITING PRIZES

Snowdance 2016

RACINE, WISCONSIN, February 28, 2016: Over Our Head Players concluded the 2016 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival on Sunday by presenting the audience favorite Best in Snow prizes. Over the five week sold-out Snowdance run, each attendee played judge via their votes. The Best in Snow winning entry was Life’s a Half Glass written by Rick Park from Boston, Massachusetts. Second place went to What You Don’t Know by Mora V. Harris of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Third place went to I Don’t Know by James McLindon of Northampton, Massachusetts.

After the final Snowdance performance Sunday, the audience voted for their favorites, just as audiences at each of the previous 25 performances had done. The final show’s tally was added to the votes from throughout the run. Then, the Snowdance ensemble came together for the Closing Ceremonies.

As is tradition, the ceremonial Dance of the Salmon highlighted the Closing Ceremonies. The Mayor began the dance, but the Governor cut in on the fish. Then, the ceremonial Snowdance snow cone was sealed away for next year’s competition, and the company gathered around balloting supervisor Anna Clementi, who had the winning results sealed in a mayonnaise jar. As the excitement built, Anna was joined on stage by celebrity announcer “Steve Hervay,” who initially declared “Mrs. Yopanson” the winner due to a mix up in winners’ envelopes. Anna reclaimed possession of the mayonnaise jar and declared the true winners, with Snowdance cast members accepting the awards on behalf of the playwrights. Kristin Althoff, from I Don’t Know, accepted third place. Ron Schulz, of What You Don’t Know, took second place on the podium. Finally, Brandy Harrell accepted first place for Life’s a Half Glass.

The $300 first place Best in Snow award went to Rick Park from Boston for Life’s a Half Glass, which featured three friends discussing life events on Thanksgiving Eve. Second place went to Mora V. Harris of Pittsburg for What You Don’t Know – two county employees and the roadkill they are responsible for scraping up. Third place was awarded to James McLindon of Northampton, Massachusetts for I Don’t Know about the challenges of implementing an all-inclusive military cadence in a politically correct world. Second and third place awards were each $100.

Winning playwright Rick Park is accepting his third Best In Snow prize. He previously won for Men on First and Third in 2013 and Dressed Up Like a Douche in 2009. In its 12-year history, Snowdance has only had one repeat winner of the top prize, and now Mr. Park has three titles.

Managing Artistic Director Rich Smith reflects on this year’s Snowdance, “We are so proud to make Racine the home of the 10 minute comedy competition. I am often asked what makes a good 10 minute comedy. The answer is talented acting, nearly any subject, and good writing. This year, our talented cast mined the humor from a variety of scripts. Life’s a Half Glass required three female comic actors, which is unusual, but we were fortunate to have the right mix of women. The Tummler featured an actor looking back on his career; we couldn’t have done it justice if the perfect actor hadn’t auditioned. I Don’t Know needed an appreciation for the military that our director and cast were able to provide. These are just a few examples of the unique performances this special cast shared.”

Smith continued, “Anything can be the subject of a good comedy. Three women talking on a porch. Road kill. Basic Training. Alien Babies. These all provided great laughs.

“The 2016 Snowdance Festival included not only many different subjects, but many different styles of comedy. It is so rewarding for the performers to feel the audience enjoying these different formats: character-driven, situation–driven, physical, absurd, or dialogue-based humor were all popular. We still love seeing an audience experience Snowdance for the first time. After 12 years, it is still so rewarding to hear, ‘We can’t wait to see Snowdance next year.’ Yes, we are planning to bring it back again in 2017; we can’t wait, either.”

Snowdance was produced by an ensemble. The acting and directing ensemble featured John Adams, Kristin Althoff, Elizabeth Bitner, Diane Carlson, Skip Carlson, Brandy Harrell, Nicholas Hoyt, Mary Kveton, Ron Schulz, Robbie Shaw, Rich Smith, and Joe Van Hulle.

The additional production staff also included Joseph Piirto, Janine Anderson, Claudia Bruce, Teri Christensen, Anna Clementi, Paula Ann Czechowicz, Sea Daniel, Rebecca Eisel, Chad Heinzelman, Preston Hill, Kevin Hlavka, Jerry Horton, Lori Kwiatkowski, Liz Ladwig, Christopher Larson, Ryan Loberger, Paul Reese, Wendy Schulz, Connor Smith, Jim Smith, and Emily Sweetman.

The Snowdance Comedy Festival was sponsored by Minuteman Press. Over Our Head Players is a non-profit organization of volunteer talent from throughout Southeastern Wisconsin; they operate the Sixth Street Theatre in Downtown Racine. Their 24th season closes with Good People, a tough and tender dramedy running April 8 – 23. For information, please call the box office at (262) 632-6802.

Life's a Half Glass
The 2016 Best in Snow Winner, "Life's a Half Glass" by Rick Park, Boston, Massachusetts. Directed by Rich Smith. Featuring Kristin Althoff, Mary Kveton, and Brandy Harrell.

What You Don't Know
2nd Place: "What You Don't Know" by Mora V. Harris, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Directed by Rich Smith. Featuring Rich Smith and Ron Schulz.

I Don't Know
3rd Place: "I Don't Know" by James McLindon, Northampton, Massachusetts. Directed by Ron Schulz. Featuring Ron Schulz, Brandy Harrell, Kristin Althoff, Nicholas Hoyt, and Robbie Shaw.

Thank you for joining us for Snowdance; we truly appreciate our audience. We are so proud to make Racine "The Home of the 10 Minute Comedy Competition."

2016 Snowdance Ensemble

The 2016 Snowdance Ensemble

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Snowdance 2015 Winners PDF Print E-mail

OVER OUR HEAD PLAYERS AWARD PLAYWRITING PRIZES

Snowdance 2016

RACINE, WISCONSIN, MARCH 8, 2015: Over Our Head Players concluded the 2015 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival on Sunday by presenting the audience favorite Best in Snow prizes. A record-setting number of people attended the sold-out Snowdance run this year, each of them playing judge via their votes. The Best in Snow winning entry was Confession Air written by Matthew Konkel of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Second place went to The Full Washington by Michael Johnson and Amy Hanson, Racine, Wisconsin. Third place went to Last Words by Philip J. Kaplan of Brooklyn, New York.

After the final Snowdance performance Sunday, the audience voted for their favorites, just as audiences at each of the previous 28 performances had done. The final show’s tally was added to the votes from throughout the run. Then, the Snowdance ensemble came together for the Closing Ceremonies. As is tradition, the ceremonial Dance of the Salmon highlighted the event. Then, the ceremonial Snowdance snow cone was sealed away for next year’s competition. As the excitement built, the winners were declared, with Snowdance ensemble members accepting the awards on behalf of the playwrights.

The $300 first place Best in Snow award went to Matthew Konkel of Milwaukee, for Confession Air, where impending disaster leads one married couple to confess their transgressions and one flight attendant to throw caution to the wind.

Second place went to Michael Johnson and Amy Hanson of Racine for The Full Washington – the official portrait session for the one-dollar bill suggests our first president may have been a rebellious subject. Third place was awarded to Philip J. Kaplan of Brooklyn for Last Words about two siblings that engage in dueling eulogies at their father's funeral. Second and third place awards were each $100.

Snowdance was produced by an ensemble which includes John Adams, Kristin Althoff, Elizabeth BItner, Diane Carlson, Skip Carlson, Sea Daniel, Brandy Harrell, Kevin Hlavka, Nicholas Hoyt, Brianna Hubbard, Mary Kveton, Quanashia Myers, Ron Schulz, Robbie Shaw, Rich Smith, Kevin Sustachek, Janine Anderson, Anna Clementi, Paula Ann Czechowicz, Rosie Hemm, Preston Hill, Jerry Horton, Ken Kveton, Christopher Larson, Ryan Loberger, Joseph Piirto, Wendy Schulz, Jim Smith, Emily Sweetman and Leslie Utech.

The Snowdance Comedy Festival was sponsored by Minuteman Press. Over Our Head Players is a non-profit organization of volunteer talent from throughout Southeastern Wisconsin; they operate the Sixth Street Theatre in Downtown Racine. Their 23rd season closes with Pageant Play, a Satirical Comedy, by Matthew Wilkas & Mark Setlock, running April 17th - May 3rd. For information, please call the box office at (262) 632-6802.

Confession Air
The 2015 Best in Snow Winner, "Confession Air" written by Matthew Konkel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Directed by Rich Smith. Featuring John Adams, Kristin Althoff, RIch Smith, Quanashia Myers.

The Full Washington
2nd Place: "The Full Washington" by Michael Johnson and Amy Hanson, Racine, Wisconsin. Directed by Rich Smith. Featuring Ron Schulz, John Adams, Rich Smith.

Last Words
3rd Place: "Last Words" by Philip J. Kaplan, Brooklyn, New York. Directed by Rich Smith. Featuring Rich Smith, Kristin Althoff, and - not pictured - John Adams, Nicholas Hoyt.

Thank you for joining us for Snowdance; we truly appreciate our audience. We are so proud to make Racine "The Home of the 10 Minute Comedy Competition."

2015 Snowdance Ensemble

The 2015 Snowdance Endemble

 
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