2019 Script Selection

Snowdance 2019

OOHP Present Original Comedy Competition

Over Our Head Players will present their popular original comedy competition, the “2019 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival.” These original comedies will be performed together by the OOHP Snowdance ensemble January 25 – February 24. 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 $16.00 and $18.50.

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 Sunday, February 24. 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 2018, a record-setting 438 scripts were submitted for consideration. According to OOHPs Artistic Director Rich Smith, the incredible number of entries offered not only quantity but also quality. It was a particularly difficult year to determine the finalists. The Snowdance selection committee chose these ten to compete in production:

KILL THEM WITH KINDNESS by Kate Danley, Mukilteo, Washington

IMMERSION THERAPY by David MacGregor, Howell, Michigan

A DAVE WITH DESTINY by Ken Preuss, Oviedo, Florida

PTA by Margaret Boschini, New York, New York

ATTIC OF HOPE, ATTIC OF DREAMS by Barbara Lindsay, Shoreline, Washington

ON THE HORNS OF A DILEMMA by Jeffrey Neuman, Denver, Colorado

STRIKE A MATCH, by Tony Targan, West Bloomfield, Michigan

BALLS ALIVE! by Brian Wallace, Los Angeles, California

THE DISAGREEABLE DINNER by Mark Osborne, New York, New York

A TALE OF TWO CAPTAINS by Matt Morea, Staten Island, New York

Now in its 15th year, Snowdance continues to still gain attention from playwrights across the country and sell out performances. Rich Smith, who also leads the Snowdance ensemble, enthuses, “We are so pleased at the way this event has grown, and we are especially proud of the way Racine’s theatre audience has adopted it and given it life!” He continues, “I continue to get support from playwrights who respect our unique format allowing our audience to choose the festival winners. Snowdance remains unique in the world of 10 minute comedy festivals - and our Racine audiences have proven to know their comedy, picking quality winners every year!”

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, Elizabeth Bitner, Nicholas Hoyt, A.J. Laird, Anne Mollerskov, Michael Retzlaff, Ron Schulz, Rich Smith, and Melissa Zeien.

Kristin Althoff, Diane Carlson, Paula Ann Czechowicz, Ron Schulz, and Rich Smith share directing credit. The production staff also includes John Adams, Janine Anderson, Diane Carlson, Skip Carlson, Anna Clementi, Rebecca Eisel, Carol Gavigan, Chad Heinzelman, Preston Hill, Carol Horton, Sally Laird, Mona Lewis, Christopher Larson, Ryan Loberger, Paul Reese, Joan Roehre, Ron Schulz, Veronica Smith, Rich Smith, Teri Stanley, and Emily Sweetman.

The “2019 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival” runs five weekends: January 25, 26, 27; February 1, 2, 3; 8, 9, 10; 15, 16, 17; and 22, 23, 24. It also runs Thursdays January 31, February 7, 14, and 21. 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 $18.50 on Fridays and Saturdays and $16.00 on Sundays and Thursdays. For reservations, please call the box office, (262)632-6802. Tickets can also be purchased on this web site. 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 will close their 27th season in spring with Leaving Iowa, by Spike Manton and Tim Clue. A warm comedy, Leaving Iowa is a toast to the parents of the “Greatest Generation” and a roast of their dedication to the family road trip. OOHPs has been operating the Sixth Street Theatre in Downtown Racine since 1999. In March, Racine native Rachel McPhee will present Dead Shot Mary at Sixth Street Theatre. Dead Shot Mary, by Robert K. Benson, presents the phenomenal true story of Mary Shanley, one of the NYPD’s first female detectives. Tickets for both of these productions are available on this web site.

OOHPs has a commitment to original theatre. In addition to Snowdance, previous original works include The Cedar Chest Letters; It’s a Wonderful Lifeboat; “Original Ones”: Ode to Garlic, Waiting for the WeinermobileTM, and Big Shoes; Still Haven’t Found...; and Real Remembrances of the War in Vietnam.