over our head players soliciting playwriting contest scripts

RACINE, WISCONSIN, August 9, 2012: Over Our Head Players is accepting submissions for the “2013 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival,” now through November 1.  “Snowdance®” entry is open to original, unpublished 10 minute or shorter comedies for the stage.  Winning entries will be performed together in one theatre presentation by the OOHP Snowdance ensemble at Sixth Street Theatre for five weeks beginning February 1, 2013.  The entire Snowdance production will be presented more than 20 times during the run.  At each performance, audience members can vote for their favorite individual comedy; the audience favorites will earn cash prizes for the playwright.  Entries may be sent to SNOWDANCE, c/o Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth Street, Racine, Wisconsin, 53403.  Playwrights are limited to one submission.

Rules for the Snowdance Comedy Competition, which is open to everyone without age or geographic restriction, are relatively simple.  In summary, competition is open to unpublished, 10 minute or shorter comedies free of royalty and copyright restrictions.   Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered.  One entry per playwright, postmarked by November 1, 2012.  The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be included on the title page and only the title page.  The title page should also include a cast list and a one- to three- sentence synopsis of the play.  Plays can have a cast of one to five characters; plays should be easily staged, avoiding elaborate set requirements.  Submit one typed manuscript in standard format, securely bound.  Complete rules are posted on the theatre website at www.overourheadplayers.org.  Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith via the box office, at (262)632-6802, or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com.  Scripts will not be returned.

The Snowdance 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a competition of original short comedies.   Writers from throughout the community, the state, and the country are invited to enter; previous involvement with OOHPs is not a requirement.  Scripts will be judged by the Snowdance Selection Committee.  Scripts will be chosen for production in a complete festival performance.  Then, in the ultimate interactive experience, audiences vote for the production they enjoyed the most.  The votes will be tallied throughout the five weekend festival run, and the Snowdance “Best in Snow” will be awarded after the final performance on March 3, 2013.  A $300.00 prize goes to “Best in Snow”, with $100.00 awards going to second and third places.  OOHP presents Snowdance February 1 – March 3, 2013.  OOHP Artistic Director Rich Smith leads the Snowdance ensemble.

Snowdance has grown each year, frequently featuring international finalists.  Over Our Head Players Artistic Director Rich Smith has lead the production since it began in 2005, and he describes the growth of Snowdance, which is truly an international competition.  “Snowdance has become the Midwest’s bastion for short attention span comedy!  We took a gamble with that first competition, announcing it as a season selection before we had even received an entry.  The gamble paid off, as entries arrived by the hundreds, and performances sold out.  Since then, thousands of entries have been submitted, tens of thousands of ballots have been cast by our audience, and more than 85 plays have had their world premiere in Racine, Wisconsin.”

He emphasizes the key to the festival’s growth:  its approach to material.  “There are many play festivals and many play competitions, but Snowdance stands alone as the premiere audience interactive comedy festival by allowing our audience to vote on who will be awarded the Best in Snow!  Having the audiences vote makes Snowdance unique for both the audience and the playwrights.”  He continues, “With Snowdance, no subject is off-limits.  We respect our theatre-savvy audience and strive to produce material that is being written for any stage in the country.  One of our goals with Snowdance is to bring America’s comedy ‘pulse’ to the shores of Lake Michigan, offering a diverse experience for our audience that represents the most current theatrical trends.”

Over Our Head Players is a non-profit organization of volunteer talent from throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and operates the Sixth Street Theatre in Racine.  Their 21st season includes Dead Man’s Cell Phone, The Complete History of America (abridged), Taking Sides, and Theatre / Schmeatre, an evening of original sketch comedy and live musicOOHPs has a commitment to original theatre.  In addition to Snowdance, previous original works include sold-out productions The Cedar Chest Letters, Camp Nelson, It’s a Wonderful Lifeboat, Ode to Garlic, Waiting for the WeinermobileTM, Big Shoes, Still Haven’t Found…,and Real Remembrances of the War in Vietnam.

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