Otter Productions
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Otter Productions creates repeatable fun!!  We are a Maryland and Pennsylvania based group of comic performers specializing in improvisation and interaction;  performances that are so unique and so much fun that you’ll look forward to coming again and again.

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See below for THE PUBLIC SHOW SCHEDULE and how we can co-create a fun-filled event.

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Our locations for public shows are:

The French Manor - South Sterling, Pennsylvania (the Poconos).
November 14-16, 2014 - show title: Carnival of Dreams

M & H RR -Middletown, Pennsylvania - south of Harrisburg.  
Next show: September 13, 2014 - show: An Unbridled Murder

The Black Eyed Susan - paddle boat in Baltimore, Maryland 
Next Shows: August 23, 2014.  Special daytime on Tuesday August 12 at noon!

Canton Dockside  - NEW Location in Canton area of Baltimore - Next show Fall 2014


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In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania -  The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat   For Tickets
Next Show: August 1, 2014- All Fridays from 7PM to 9PM

Listen to radio interview from September 14, 2012 on WITF in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.


In New Freedom, Pennsylvania - New Location -Steam into History- 2 W Main Street, New Freedom, Pa 17349

Train mystery - Next Show October 4, 2014
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The Patriot- News of Harrisburg Pennsylvania described what we do.......
 

Trains, boats give life to murder-mysteries
Sunday, June 08, 2008 
BY MARY O. BRADLEY
Of The Patriot-News 

The stage moves, the audience interacts with the actors, the script crackles with improvisation and the fragrance of food wafts through the dining room. 

A murder-mystery on a passenger train or a river boat is a menu for fun -- once the audience loses its inhibitions........... 

see full story from The Patriot-News                                           

                                 

                                                              

                                          Shows: 2014
 
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Friday August 1, 2014 - The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat   For Tickets  - City Island in Harrisburg Pennsylvania - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title: Foul Play (baseball season and "you're out!")
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Tuesday August 12, 2014 - The Black Eyed Susan LEAVING FROM FELLS POINT DOCK AT NOON - boat leaves at 12 PM. Show title:  Crocodile "M" for Murder (travel business that leads to a dead end)
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Friday August 15, 2014 - The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat   For Tickets  - City Island in Harrisburg Pennsylvania - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title: Foul Play (baseball season and "you're out!")
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Friday August 22, 2014 - The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat   For Tickets  - City Island in Harrisburg Pennsylvania - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title: Crocodile "M" for Murder (travel business that leads to a dead end)
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Saturday August 23, 2014 - The Black Eyed Susan - Baltimore Marine Center in Canton area of Baltimore City (off 2700 block of Boston Street - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title:  Cosine: A Tangent for Murder (too smart to live)
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Friday August 29, 2014 - The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat   For Tickets  - City Island in Harrisburg Pennsylvania - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title: Crocodile "M" for Murder (travel business that leads to a dead end)
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Friday September 5, 2014 - The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat   For Tickets  - City Island in Harrisburg Pennsylvania - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title: Crocodile "M" for Murder (travel business that leads to a dead end)
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Friday September 12, 2014 - The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat   For Tickets  - City Island in Harrisburg Pennsylvania - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title: Crocodile "M" for Murder (travel business that leads to a dead end)
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Saturday September 13, 2014 - M & H RR  - 717-944-4435 - in Middletown PA near Harrisburg - dinner train - train leaves at 6 PM. Show title: An Unbridled Murder (dangerous horse racing)
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Saturday September 20, 2014 - The Black Eyed Susan - Baltimore Marine Center in Canton area of Baltimore City (off 2700 block of Boston Street - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title: Crocodile "M" for Murder (travel business that leads to a dead end)
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Friday September 26, 2014 - The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat   For Tickets  - City Island in Harrisburg Pennsylvania - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title: Much Ado About Death (there can be too much Shakespeare)
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Friday October 3, 2014 - The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat   For Tickets  - City Island in Harrisburg Pennsylvania - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title: Much Ado About Death (there can be too much Shakespeare)
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Saturday October 4, 2014 - Steam into History2 W Main Street, New Freedom PA - train leaves at 2:30 PM. Show title:  Mild Thing (football 1950's style)
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Saturday October 11, 2014 - M & H RR  - 717-944-4435 - in Middletown PA near Harrisburg - dinner train - train leaves at 6 PM. Show title:  Murder Most Fowl (cooking in the fast lane)
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Sunday October 12, 2014 - The Black Eyed Susan - Baltimore Marine Center in Canton area of Baltimore City (off 2700 block of Boston Street - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title:  Murder in Spades (gambling for your life)
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Friday October 17, 2014 - The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat   For Tickets  - City Island in Harrisburg Pennsylvania - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title: Dead Heat (political gains at all costs)
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Friday October 24, 2014 - The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat   For Tickets  - City Island in Harrisburg Pennsylvania - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title: TBA
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Friday October 31, 2014 - The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat   For Tickets  - City Island in Harrisburg Pennsylvania - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title: TBA
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Friday October 31, 2014 - The Black Eyed Susan - Baltimore Marine Center in Canton area of Baltimore City (off 2700 block of Boston Street - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title:  Halloween (more than ghosts can handle!)
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Saturday November 8, 2014 - The Black Eyed Susan - Baltimore Marine Center in Canton area of Baltimore City (off 2700 block of Boston Street - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title:  An Unbridled Murder (Horse racing for no season)
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Friday-Sunday November 14-16, 2014 - The French Manor, Sterling, Pa. - - mystery weekend  -  Show title: Carnival of Dreams
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Saturday November 15, 2014 - M & H RR  - 717-944-4435 - in Middletown PA near Harrisburg - dinner train - train leaves at 6 PM. Show title:  Crocodile "M" for Murder (G'Day mate..or goodbye)
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Sunday November 23, 2014 - The Black Eyed Susan - Baltimore Marine Center in Canton area of Baltimore City (off 2700 block of Boston Street - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title:  There's Something About Swen (Thanksgiving and Sweden?)
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Saturday December 13, 2014 - The Black Eyed Susan - Baltimore Marine Center in Canton area of Baltimore City (off 2700 block of Boston Street - - boat leaves at 7 PM. Show title:  And Three Old Fruit Cakes (I'd kill to get into vaudeville)

See details of Public Locations below

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 Below you will find current projects and the eclectic diversity of our talents.  We as individuals have not just years but decades of experience in the entertainment industry including just about any venue you can imagine.  Just with Otter Productions alone we have conservatively near 100 corporate accounts in our experience; we have been in business since 1995.
                 

    Originally we were formed to provide murder mysteries aboard dinner trains in both the Maryland and Pennsylvania areas; some of us performed on trains previous to this for other organizations.  We did so with extreme success both on the Entertrainment Line in Western Maryland as well as the Liberty Limited in New Freedom, Pennsylvania.  Those trains have long since gone out of business and now we have been in central Pennsylvania performing since 2003.  The current dinner train is: Middletown &Hummelstown Railroad, just outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  
 M & H RR is currently taking bookings for groups and charters - contact M & H RR 

Our next show: September 13, 2014 -  contact train for tickets.

      See Pictures from a recent show
Baseball Tycoon
 
 

    Our purpose or mission is to provide the best interactive audience participatory comical performances which are second to none.  Each show is a new creation which means each show is new and continued fun.  

     Whether we are performing, performing and interacting, doing team improvisation, or providing information or training for others to experiment with this concept of improvisational performing and/or living, we are tapping into the limitless potential - wherever we are, at any moment - on a journey of searching for the true freedom of the individual.

In case you wonder how we can offer so much fun that is different each time, here’s a bit of information about how we do that.

  • We improvise, we adapt to conditions and audience response - which audience members appreciate -- causing even more fun to be had by everyone. (So we can adapt to difficult conditions or circumstances.)
  • We customize each performance.
  • We adapt to audience members and the mood of the audience as a whole.
  • We’re so adaptable that we don’t have just certain periods where audience members can interact with us, we’re ready to engage at a moments notice.   All audience members can interact with us all the time.  
  • We’re so much fun that we seldom have hecklers; and if someone does start to heckle, we work them into the performance in such a way that the performance continues to be fun for all audience members and may in fact be enhanced.
  • When we make a mistake, we build on that and turn it into more fun -- sometimes this helps make a performance even better and more unique than it would have been otherwise.  This builds huge rapport with audience members.

 

      We produce shows where the audience is totally invested in the experience.  The stage is the entire environment which is transformed into comical fun.

Our style is improvisational which is different from other companies.  Other groups tend to have part script and part improvisational performance; there is interaction with audience members but for limited periods of time.  We, instead of having a performance depending on the vision of a director, let the team of performers provide their best interpretation and support for other members of the team.  The fluidity of the show then fits the needs of the night and audience, allowing performers the flexibility to provide, at a moments notice, their best efforts.
 

  Why should you care?  If you want a traditional theatrical experience, then there is a certain experience you will expect.  Most of us come from this background where we have had much success.  The play is over there or up there and the audience is over here observing.  Interacting or changing what has been pre-determined may prove difficult.  There is no doubt that this is a wonderful art form.  We don't want to compete with this; we just love to do something entirely different which is more of an exaggeration of real life.  Reality is over-rated; whatever is true is what you want of a situation.  If the whole world is a stage, let's have a party and find the joy that is everywhere.
 

    We do not live in a plug and play world.  All the best plans often go astray.  Whether you like it or not very little of our lives are scripted and we end up getting through the best we can by making it up as we go along.  You can plan all you want and determine what people will do and enjoy but when you hit the deck and the action begins, everything changes.  Actors prepare so that the performance goes on regardless what happens on that stage.  Our performers prepare for whatever might happen not only among themselves but with the audience whom we consider to be on stage with us.

     No one can quite predict what will happen, which is where a total improvisational/interactive style comes to the rescue.  Audience members are given an experience which is deeper and better than elsewhere because they have participated in a fun way.  There is no way we can get enough of anything that is fun. 

     For details contact me, Herb Otter, Producer.
 
 
 
 

Improv For Your Life  :Team Building

We live in a world where few people are really paying attention. We as a society are lost in our own world whether one we created or through some sort of modern instrument whether it is TV, the Internet, a hand held or another "communicative" devise.  Sadly it affects what goes on in public and even sadder what goes on in the every day work world.  It does not matter what social order or age category, or whether it is in product creation or customer service or the consumer himself.  Regrettably, lack of focus happens even with the artist and the performer. Business and society suffer from lack of attention, following a linear path regardless of its failure to be of any good, and not daring to think outside of a predetermined box, if there is any thinking at all.  There is a lack of concern for others and increased anger which we have all noticed everywhere.  Improv is one of the cures that can counter this trend.  Within a short period of time, participants can experience the lost arts of paying attention, being in the moment and experiencing the wonder and joy of life as it transforms right in front of them.  Improv can be a way of life and a way for business.  Teaching improvisational skills and improvisational comedy to non performers is an extremely useful business tool in team building, improved communication, creative thinking, and much more.  Having fun and laughing is a most effective way of learning and having any organization function.  Contact us; we can accomplish a lot in a short period of time.  Article in Baltimore Sun: Click on page 9 for The Power of 'yes and'

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The Murder Mysteries: 
Let our experienced company of professional actors transport you into a realm of murder. Watch or become a part of a fun filled afternoon or evening of entertainment one could die for, with laughter as a deadly weapon. To paraphrase Alfred Hitchcock: "Murder can be a pleasant experience even for the victim, as long as all those involved behave as ladies and gentlemen".
Please note:  We can provide shows with actors or we can provide shows that involve only you and your group as the performers (we call these second type of shows "guided" since we are generally there only to guide your "actors"); or we could provide a combination of the two type of shows.  We have guided plays with as few as 20 characters and as many as 60.

If you think you might want to handle the details yourself, we can provide "guided" mysteries with instructions for your party or event. 

Public Shows

The French Manor(Poconos) South Sterling, Pennsylvania
Show title: Carnival of Dreams

November 14-16, 2014, Friday-Sunday

http://www.thefrenchmanor.com/mystery.html   877-720-6090
A weekend Murder Mystery where everyone has a part!!!

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                     In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania   

     The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat Pride Logo

               This riverboat is on City Island in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

                                                   Next Show: August 1, 2014 For Tickets

          717-234-6500 

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Comical Murder Mysteries aboard the dinner/paddle boat, the Black Eyed Susan - in Canton, near Fells Point & the Baltimore Inner Harbor   

Next shows:

August 23, 2014 and SPECIAL WEEKDAY SHOW, NOON August 12 from Fells Point!  For Tickets
 

 New Location -Steam into History- 2 W Main Street, New Freedom, Pa 17349

Train mystery - Next show October 4, 2014

  New Location - Canton Dockside - Next Show Fall 2014

 

 
                                    

train team
 


 

The Comedies: 
Pure improv, this is the essence of what we do. This full length show is based solely on audience suggestions.
  
 

We are perfect for sales meetings, lectures, demonstrations, parties, public events, private events, and for anything you make up and any space you provide.

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call us at

(410) 817-4475


or write us at

Otter Productions
P O Box 9683
 Baldwin, MD 21013

                                                                               

 
 
 

and of course there is e-mail at Herb@OtterProductions.com