OOHP Present Original Comedy Competition
Over Our Head Players will present their popular original comedy competition, the “2018 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival.” These original comedies will be performed together by the OOHP Snowdance ensemble January 26 – February 25. All performances are at Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth Street, Downtown Racine. At each performance, audience members can vote for their favorite individual comedy; the audience favorites win cash prizes. Reservations are available through the box office, (262)632-6802. Tickets are $15.50 and $18.00.
The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a competition of original short comedies. In the ultimate interactive experience, the audience can vote for the production they enjoyed the most. The votes will be tallied throughout the festival run, and the Snowdance “Best in Snow” will be awarded after the final performance February 25. A cash award of $500.00 goes to “Best in Snow”, with a $200.00 prize for second place and $100 award for third.
The Snowdance 10 Minute Comedy festival draws entrants and audiences from across the country, making Racine the home of the 10 minute comedy competition. Between July and October of 2017, a record-setting 388 scripts were submitted for consideration. Playwrights from 41 states and five foreign countries entered the competition. The Snowdance selection committee chose these to compete in production. The winning titles and their authors:
MR. TEDDY BEAR BY RON BURCH, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Jeanne’s annual performance review with the new team member.
BOWL OF TROUBLE BY JEFF TAYLOR, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - Teenage Harrison has been hiding something from his parents
When Babies Fly by Steven Korbar, Torrance, California - Infants on a plane
WALKING DEAD DAVE BY JOE THOMPSON, MADISON, WISCONSIN - Dave from Accounting proves to be the life of the office party
TRUE TO YOU BY NICKY DENOVAN, BERKSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - Will Richard and Jane forge a love connection or an archrivalry?
EXPECTING HAMILTON BY CHIP BOLCIK, THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA - No price is too steep for the hottest ticket on Broadway
THE CRASS MENAGERIE, OR WHY AMNESIACS SHOULDN’T WRITE MEMORY PLAYS BY RICH ORLOFF, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Inspired by the Tennessee Williams’ classic, but a bit “off”
JOSEPH RECEIVES UNSETTLING NEWS BY RICK DAVIS, AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - The miracle of a virgin birth is not an easy concept to explain
THE DOPPLER OF MY HEART BY RICK PARK, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - Measuring weather patterns and heart rates
PUT ASUNDER BY JAMES MCLINDON, NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS - Janet is sure that Bob is “the one,” and she has grounds for comparison
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. Each season, there seem to be certain subjects that appear in multiple entries, yet change from year to year. This year, we received quite a number of scripts featuring religion, politics, and clowns.” The incredible response this year broke all past submission totals, but, Smith says, “After many hours of reading, we have chosen 10 scripts for production that represent the best of contemporary comedy writing.”
One unique festival feature is the ensemble approach. Actors play multiple roles, and some of them are also part of the directing team or production staff. The acting ensemble features John Adams, Kristin Althoff, Melissa Hughes Ernest, Nicholas Hoyt, Mary Kveton, A. J. Laird, David Maack II, Anne Mollerskov, and Ron Schulz.
Rich smith leads the directing team, which also includes Kristin Althoff, Diane Carlson, and Nicholas Hoyt. The production staff includes Parker Jones, John Adams, Janine Anderson, Amy Ball, Elizabeth Bitner, Diane Carlson, Skip Carlson, Anna Clementi, Rebecca Eisel, Brandy Harrell, Chad Heinzelman, Preston Hill, Kevin Hlavka, Nicholas Hoyt, Lori Kwiatkowski, Ryan Loberger, Jay Mollerskov, Matthew Rangel, Paul Reese, Ron Schulz, Wendy Schulz, Rich Smith, and Emily Sweetman.
The “2018 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival” runs five weekends: January 26, 27, 28; February 2, 3, 4; 9, 10, 11; 16, 17, 18; and February 23, 24, 25. It also runs Thursdays February 1, 8, 15, and 22. Fridays are at 8:00; Saturdays are at 5:30 and 8:00; Sundays are at 2:30; and the Thursday performances are at 7:00. Tickets are $18 on Fridays and Saturdays and $15.50 on Sundays and Thursdays. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.overourheadplayers.org, or you may call the box office, (262)632-6802. All performances are at Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth Street, Downtown Racine. Advance reservations are recommended as many performances are already sold out.
The “2018 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival” is sponsored by Minuteman Press.
Over Our Head Players is a non-profit organization in their 26th season; they operate the Sixth Street Theatre in Downtown Racine. OOHPs has a commitment to original theatre. In addition to Snowdance, previous original works include Surviving Life, The Cedar Chest Letters, It’s a Wonderful Lifeboat, “Original Ones”; Ode to Garlic, Waiting for the WeinermobileTM, Big Shoes; Still Haven’t Found...; and Real Remembrances of the War in Vietnam.