2024 Script Selection

Snowdance 2024

OOHP Select Comedy Writing Contest Finalists

Over Our Head Players has announced the 10 finalists selected for performance at the "2024 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival." Between July and October last year, 571 scripts were submitted for consideration. Playwrights from 41 states and 11 foreign countries across four continents entered the competition. The largest number of entries came from California and New York. Two of the 2024 finalists 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 and March. At each performance, audience members can vote for their favorite individual comedy; the audience favorites win cash prizes.

Managing Artistic Director Rich Smith describes the submissions, "After 20 years, reading thousands of submissions, I never get tired of enjoying new comedies. This year was no exception. We had some great material to choose from. The plays selected represent a great balance of comedy that I know our audience is going to love!" Sifting through 571 submissions was time consuming, but the work is just beginning. "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 WINNING TITLES AND THEIR AUTHORS:

  • Zarps, Matt Crowley, Los Angeles, California
    One family falls prey to consumerism.
  • Can We Talk?, Steven Doloff, New York, New York
    Communication is supposed to be easier in the cell-phone age.
  • Heist!, Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend, Chicago, Illinois
    Is the Hope Diamond out of reach for two neophyte thieves?
  • Team Building, Philip J. Kaplan, Brooklyn, New York
    New technology creates new problems when on-boarding the "new guy" by Zoom.
  • Biscuits and Bones, Janet J. Lawler, Burbank, California
    A first date at a dog park reveals the couple's canine quirks.
  • Two Yards of Satan, Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, Peralta, New Mexico A typo on Pam's satin order creates chaos.
  • Something in the Air, Scott McCrea, Stamford, Connecticut
    Mike and Ashley work through a milestone in their relationship.
  • Oh, Say Can You (TH)C?, Rick Park, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Heather scores gummies from a dubious source.
  • The Gatekeepers, Dan Perry, Los Angeles, California
    The risks and rewards faced by the elite arbiters of taste.
  • Keep Calm and Flutter On, Keith Whalen, Peekskill, New York
    On her 18th birthday, Peppa does not react well to her parents' Big Secret.

The "2024 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 10. Over Our Head Players has worked with the Dramatist Guild to embrace best practices; each finalist receives a stipend royalty for their inclusion in Snowdance. A cash award also goes to "Best in Snow", with additional prizes award going to second place and third place. OOHP presents Snowdance February 9 – March 10, 2024. Friday performances are at 8:00; Saturday shows are at 5:30 and 8:00. Sunday shows are at 2:30, and Thursday performances are at 7:00. Tickets are $23 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and $22 Thursdays. Reservations are available at on this web site or by calling the box office, (262) 632-6802.

The "2024 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival" is sponsored by Minuteman Press. Rich Smith leads the Snowdance acting and directing ensemble, which also features John Adams, Elizabeth Bitner, Diane Carlson, Melissa Hughes Ernest, Kimberly Gibson, Sage Holloway, Nicholas Hoyt, A J Laird, Scott Lema, Anne Mollerskov, Michael Retzlaff, and Ron Schulz. The "Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival" has grown into an international event and has been granted a United States trademark registration. All previous Snowdance Festivals played to sold out audiences.

Over Our Head Players is a non-profit organization of volunteer talent now in their 32nd season; they operate the Sixth Street Theatre in Racine. Their season includes Seven Sacrifices in January, 2024. OOHPs has a commitment to original theatre. In addition to the annual Snowdance® competition, previous original works include sold-out productions of Kringle... The Musical? franchise, Theatre / Schmeatre, The Cedar Chest Letters, It's a Wonderful Lifeboat, Ode to Garlic, Waiting for the Weinermobile™, Big Shoes, Still Haven't Found..., Real Remembrances of the War in Vietnam, and their 2004 Artwalk performance of Camp Nelson.