2024 Winners

Snowdance Winners

Over Our Head Players Award Playwriting Prizes

RACINE, WISCONSIN, MARCH 10, 2024: Over Our Head Players concluded the “2024 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 Two Yards of Satan by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos of Peralta, New Mexico. Second place went to Biscuits and Bones by Janet J. Lawler of Burbank, California, and Third place went to Oh, Say Can You (TH)C? by Rick Park of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

After the final Snowdance performance Sunday, the audience voted for their favorites, just as audiences at each of the previous 23 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.

This year’s Snowdance performances were set at the historic Globe Theatre. After a rousing renaissance minstrel song, Snowdance announcer “Chet Thespian” and “Eli Ballchange” called the opening ceremonies. At the Closing Ceremonies, Chet was joined by long time host “Rex Jig” who missed Snowdance this year due to a case of bursitis. As Chet and Rex described the action, the annual pageantry of the Dance of the Salmon began with the most famous playwright in the history of the world, William Shakespeare (Nicholas Hoyt), dancing brilliantly before passing the fish to the flatulent Ashley (Sage Holloway). 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. Anne Mollerskov, who played Heather in Oh, Say Can You (TH)C?, accepted third place. Melissa Hughes Ernest, who played Sloane in Biscuits and Bones, took second place on the podium. Finally, Elizabeth Bitner, who played Pam, accepted first place for Two Yards of Satan.

2024 Snowdance Ensemble
2024 Snowdance Ensemble

The $300 first place Best in Snow award went to Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, Peralta, New Mexico for Two Yards of Satan which featured Pam (Elizabeth Bitner) who received Satan (Ron Schulz) instead of the satin she ordered. Things get even more wild with the arrival of a cop (John Adams) and Hot Jesus (Nicholas Hoyt). Second place was awarded to Janet J. Lawler of Burbank, California, for Biscuits and Bones, about two dog lovers who form a special bond at the dog park. Third place went to Rick Park, Cambridge, Massachusetts, for Oh, Say Can You (TH)C? about three Boston women who ingest some “special” gummies. Second place received $200, and the third place award was $100. The remaining 7 finalists received a $50 royalty for use of their play.

Managing Artistic Director Rich Smith reflects on this year’s Snowdance and notes that the foundation is the key to success, “We are so proud to make Racine the home of the 10 minute comedy competition. This year, we were overwhelmed with 571 entries bringing the total number of entries to over 6500 scripts in the twenty years of Snowdance.” Smith continued, “When we started this competition back in 2004, I never could have imagined we’d receive scripts from all 50 states and dozens of countries around the world.”

Once the plays and cast are in place, Smith emphasizes how important the final component, the audience, is. “After 20 years, it is rewarding to hear from our audience, ‘It was so hard to choose.’ We are so happy that our formula still works, and audiences still enjoy what we are doing. We hope to continue enjoying Snowdance for a long time.”

Snowdance was produced by an ensemble. The cast includes John Adams, Elizabeth Bitner, Kimberly Gibson, Sage Holloway, Nicholas Hoyt, Melissa Hughes Ernest, A.J. Laird, Anne Mollerskov, Michael Retzlaff, and Ron Schulz.

Diane Carlson, Scott Lema, Michael Retzlaff, and Rich Smith directed with Rich Smith also serving as artistic and production manager. Diane Carlson and Emily Sweetman served as co-stage managers with Kadie Kohls as assistant stage managers. The staff includes Lori Adams, Janine Anderson, Kristin Althoff, Amy Ball, Julie Boehme, Skip Carlson, Anna Clementi, Preston Hill, Parker Jones, Mary Kveton, Mallory Olesen Willing, and Wendy Schulz.

The Snowdance Comedy Festival was sponsored by Minuteman Press.

Over Our Head Players operates the Sixth Street Theatre, Downtown Racine. A non-profit organization of volunteer theatrical talent from throughout Southeastern Wisconsin in their 32nd season, OOHPs focuses on contemporary comedies and original productions. OOHP will conclude their season with the dark comedy Hand to God by Robert Askins in May. For information, please email the box office at boxoffice@overourheadplayers.org or call (262) 632-6802.

Winning Playwrights

The 2024 Best in Snow Winner: 'Two Yards of Satan'  by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, Peralta, New Mexico.
Second place went to 'Biscuits and Bones' by Janet J. Lawler, Burbank, California.
Third place went to 'Oh, Say Can You (TH)C?' by Rick Park, Cambridge, Massachusetts