Phantom Sheep Productions
Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find answers to many common useful
and less useful questions regarding our troupe.
If you have any question you'd like answered.... Contact Us!
What is a
In recent years, the troupe has
simply been known as "Phantom Sheep", sometimes clarifying
"Players" or "Productions".
Phantom Sheep is actually...a puppet. It is a character
that was developed while working as puppeteers at Riverside
(now Six Flags New England) and later became a character
in the first original script sold by Eric and Kevin. We first
officially used it as a production company name on the
first episode of The New RRN, where the sheep
appeared i nearly every episode (We
never expected it to become that popular). He
lurks in the shadows. He haunts, he taunts. He is cute,
adorable, and a master of disguise (kinda). He appeared
in PuppetWorks for over 11 years, reoccurring segments on RRN,
several LaughCrafters cameos, and even performed in front of a
full house at Northampton's famed Academy of Music.
We kept it as
the name of the company for a few reasons:
It was a
major character from one of our first professional jobs and
has become sort of a good luck icon for us.
It sounds like the cool name of a rock band,
and being in a high energy audience interactive improv troupe is
the closest thing to be rock stars in the theater world.
unique and hard to forget....and so are our shows!
We are creators
of original quality entertainment for schools & corporate
and talents include:
We have worked in
theater, schools, colleges, libraries, theme parks, live and
recorded television, radio, and specialty venues.
comedy (specialty in sketch, improv,
satire, and parody along with emcee services)
- Conduct workshops
in skills such as comedy improv, acting, and team building!
overs (many forms and characters)
production (our own sketch comedy and available to help
produce industrials and training videos)
direction and custom show production
and design for theatrical/media events and attractions
is the brand name given to our original created comedy short
scenes. It originally referred to our improv show, which
typically was "comedy created right before your eyes, for
about an hour" (LensCrafters parody). It was then
extended to our improvisation workshops and eventually show
grew to include more scripted and pre-recorded sketches mixed
in. Most of those sketches originated from improvised scenes.
We enjoy LaughCrafters because it is our showcase of the
comedy craft and a method how we create. You can
see it live on stage, clips online, compiled on DVD, and fun
workshops being taught to your group.
the Phantom Sheep Players?
Sheep Players are the comedy improv writer/performers
that are seen in such shows as "LaughCrafters".
are the regulars that form the core repertoire troupe and the
basic inner creative team of all our shows and productions.
Currently the players include Eric
Boucher, Tommy Lynch, Jesse Redmond, Greg Seymour, Jeff
Tingley, and featuring Devin Horan,
Jessica Lamoureux, and Kevin "Zippy" Zabawa. The majority of the current cast has been together since
2005. The troupe boasts over 240 scripted sketches produced and
countless improvised scenes!
your troupe based?
We are based in
the Springfield area of Western Mass, a haven for the Arts. We
mostly work throughout New England and the New York region
with several performances in the Springfield, Agawam, Amherst,
and Hartford area.
How did the troupe form and how does it
Sheep Productions started in 1996 as the creative team of
WSCTV's local cablecasted "Rubber Room News" (RRN) and
Riverside's "PuppetWorks" with co-founding members Eric
Boucher and Kevin Zabawa. Many of us have met through our work
with Six Flags Entertainment and in improv classes. Our
members are alumni of Westfield State Communications, HCC
Theater, Sleeveless Theater Power Improv & masters
classes, USC, Sci-Fi Network, STCC, Salem State, Six Flags
Entertainment, Red Door Theater, Silvertree Productions, and
work that includes off-broadway and LA film festivals.
Today, as a
team we offer a wide variety of entertainment and supply
shows, writing, audio production, perform, and teach workshops
for theme parks, schools/colleges, libraries, clubs, churches,
and other organizations. We also fully produce our own
live and recorded shows in various theaters, DVD's, cablecast,
and online media.
may be contracted directly through our director Eric Boucher
who coordinates everything to ensure you end up with a
complete production. Several other troupe members also act as
associate producers, site liaisons, and instructors, and may
be contacted at any time. We work closely with your group to
make sure no detail is left out from publicity to venue layout
so that you end up with a quality show and successful event.
What's with the Puppets!?
- One of
our first "breaks into professional showbiz" was being
casted as puppeteers and most of our team is trained with
puppetry experience. The Phantom Sheep itself actually
started as a puppet character! Although we don't
consider ourselves a puppeteer troupe, those skills of a
small group being able to play multiple characters and
entertain multiple ages has become a core value of our team.
PuppetWorks series ran
successfully for over 11 years at Six Flags. We also
recently created the original show "Mrs. Claus'
Christmas Eve" which features many new puppet
characters as well as live singing, dancing, and audience
interaction. Please be aware that these type of shows
are major productions and not suitable for small "birthday
party" type events. They are recommended for medium-large
installs and several day run with a large stage and much
sometimes use puppetry in a sketch or other "non-puppet
show". For example: "Gary the Gargoyle" in "Mayhem Mission"
or "The Frog formely known as Prince" in "StoryTale".
We have even created an improv game that uses some of our
puppets that is sometimes performed in "LaughCrafters".
- Even though 95% of what we do
does not include puppetry, a puppet may
sneak in here and there just because we're weird.
What's with the
It is true that
being a troupe of mostly males, we sometimes have to wear a
dress and wig in a sketch (and sometimes Jenny played a guy) otherwise the variety
of characters we could play would be too limited. Much like our idols
"Kids in the Hall", the comedy is never simply being "a dude
playing a lady", but rather focus on making each character funny
no matter who is playing him or her.
shows and programs suitable for kids?
For many shows,
yes. For some shows, it depends. Some of our work is political
parody or social satire that may be more appropriate for teens
and adults. However, we never rely on excessive gratuitous
cursing and cheap humor. We try to keep everything family
friendly, but will put warnings on shows that are intended for
an older audience. We may go "PG-13"
at times, but never "R" level. A show like
LaughCrafters is the easiest to customize since it's based
on the tone the audience sets. We are
very serious about keeping all performances at an appropriate
level for the group being entertained.
large portion of our "commercial" success came from our popular
family shows working in the theme park industry and we also work
heavily with schools and libraries. With popular fun
music, witty jokes, silly parodies, sketches, and dialogue,
we never underestimate the intelligence of kids and their
love for good entertainment. Plus we aim
to make our family shows equally enjoyed by the adults along
with the kids! Adults and teens are often surprised with how
much they love what they thought was initially just a "kids
show" like "StoryTale" or "Graveyard Groove". Because of that
theme park experience, we are experts on entertaining and
working with groups of all ages.
What kind of
workshops do you offer?
We are proud to
workshops and classes to enhance your organization's
skills, customer service, and sometimes just to motivate and
entertain. Professional instructors in the entertainment
industry will work closely with your group for a unique and fun
event sharing their experience and coaching so that everyone has
a great time and learns new skills.
Our most popular workshop is LaughCrafters:Comedy
Improv. These are excellent for ages teen to
adults, both for theater and non-theater students. Our
"Laugh Out Loud at your Library" series has been very successful
part of many teen programs throughout the state. We have also
used exercises and games from our improv repertoire to teach
workshops in Team Building, Communication, and being able to
interact with co-workers and customers.
We have also
proudly partnered with the Springfield JCC and offer weekly
classes in improv for all age groups. Click here for
more details on current classes
classes and workshops we offer include:
All of our workshops and classes are
taught with humor and encouragement with lots of coaching and
interactive participation of the students. We pride
ourselves in being able to showcase the best in everyone and often
the "shy" are breakout stars amazed at their own brilliance.
We can customize a workshop to serve the goals and needs of your
scene work and monologues
We also have experience as guest
speakers and presenting lectures on the entertainment and comedy
industry at high schools and colleges.
the pricing of Shows and Workshops?
pricing is competitive and customizable to work with your
goals and budget.
touring shows range anywhere from $387-$1200 per
performance. Factors to determine cost include show
needs such as cast size, show length, props, sets, travel,
- We also
consider options including box office share and services
trade. This is useful for fundraising and non-profit
- We can
more accurately answer this question if we know more
details about your event so we can customize the best
production and value to you. Contact us
to request a bid or proposal!
We have plenty of experience teaching classes, workshops,
and seminars for college groups, libraries, private
organizations and corporations in which the pricing
structure is typically one fee for entire group. It's a
great way to learn new skills, have fun, build confidence
and enhance team work.
Groups: Can be a series of classes, workshops, jam
sessions, or a single afternoon. This is obviously a more
affordable and controllable option for most groups ranging
from $385/ per 2 hr class for non-profits to $1200 for
corporate events and series. Prices may vary for
large groups, travel, and other special circumstances. It
is up to you if you charge participants or not. Contact us today
to find out how easy it is to get workshops for your
school or group!
individuals: Classes open to the public are now
available. Cost usually ranges from $15 per class
to $90 for an multi-week intensive series. Click
here for current class schedule and details.
If you are looking to purchase the rights of a script or
our services of script writing and/or directing, then also
please contact us so we may set up a production schedule for
you. We can also assist with casting and production
consultation. Most of our live stage shows seem to do best
in audiences ranging from 50-550 people, but can be designed
to accommodate more. Fees range depending on the
venue, purpose of production, and length of run.
- Got an
Idea!? We are also great making clients concepts come
to life with our creative team through consultation,
writing, and producing services. We have an excellent record
of accommodating theme parks, community theaters, and
colleges with everything from production design to original
scripting to reach the goals they envision. We've been
comedy consultants, puppeteer trainers, game show designers,
video producers, and emcee talent! Let us know
what you have in mind and we'll help you add that
professional theatrical edge!
What is your payment and refund policy?
- Adult classes for individuals:
- We are very flexible and able to
set up payment plans in most situations. In most
cases we ask for at least 30% of the tuition to
be paid by week 1 of a class session and the
full amount to be paid within 2 weeks of the
class conclusion. We recommend checks (made
payable to the instructor or Phantom Sheep
Prod.), but also accept cash. Credit cards can
often be used online through eventbrite or
paypal, but may have processing fees. Contact
us for more info.
- Refunds may be given up to 7
days prior to the start of class or event. Once
the class begins, there are no refunds. If the
student must drop out within 1 week prior or 1
week after session starts, 50% of their tuition
is still due. If the student drops out after
week 2, there is no refund. In special cases of
medical concerns or other emergencies, we can
possibly apply credit to future classes.
- For youth KidSpace and CAP
classes, registration and payment is handled
through the Springfield JCC. Please consult them
for more details.
- Groups and companies booking our
shows and workshops:
- Payment is usually due within 30
days after the event. We prefer payment by
check made payable to the troupe. Tax and
other vendor info can be supplied.
- If event must be cancelled with
less than 14 days notice, 50% of fee will still
be due. If event is cancelled with less than 48
hours notice, 75% of fee will still be due. Of
course we will always work with organizers to
reschedule an event if needed.
- More details are in our standard
performance agreement most organizations receive
upon booking or by request.
How can I
see a PSP show!?
- Make sure
you "Like" and follow us on Facebook for
updates to upcoming shows and workshops that are open to the
- We have
partnered with the Springfield JCC to provide theater
education as well as routinely perform improv shows
throughout the year.
- We also
routinely perform "LaughCrafters" shows open to the public
at the Agawam Library. This lets us try out new games and
material with a live audience.
- We have
produced a lot of the show package for Six Flags New England
in recent years where original Phantom Sheep shows such as
"Graveyard Groove", "StoryTale", "Totally Timeless", "Mrs.
Claus' Christmas Eve", "Dead Legends Live", "Mayhem
Mission", and many more have debuted.
- If you book
for local venues and are interested in hosting PSP, please contact us today.
- Please keep
coming out to support us so we can keep producing more
public shows and video projects. In the
meantime....convince your club, group, company, or school to
have us for an exclusive show or workshop!
have any videos posted online?
We have posted
many of our sketches and clips of live shows online and plan
on continuing to add many more. Currently, you can see
videos of us on YouTube,
and at our Facebook
Page. You can also visit our Media Room
hub for links to these sites and more. Sometimes
we offer LaughCrafters Show DVD's, each loaded with dozens of
sketches, gag reels, and other bonus features.
some of your past clients, groups, venues that you've worked
Be sure to
check out our "Applause"
page full of some great feedback.
A few of our favorite groups we have repeatedly worked with
the Meaning of Life?
One of our
favorite Monty Python movies.
started from the crazy Davis dorm cult many years ago, but our
fans have grown along with us. We love meeting new
people and are proud to have entertained all age groups.
- We love
feedback! If you are a fan, we'd love to hear from you and
always appreciate good word of mouth. PLEASE WRITE US!
- Check out
applause from other fans.
- Be sure
to join us on Facebook
where you can share photos, videos, feedback, and get
the latest updates.
- You can
also tag our troupe in photos you take of our shows and
- You can now
also follow us on Twitter and Instagram! @phntmsheep
of cool PSP swag can I get!?
offer DVD's or T-shirts, but the thing most of our fans love
is simple 1" buttons with their favorite show logo or
character on them! For only $1, you can be cool and add one to
your hat, bag, or lapel. These are available at most of our
improv shows and workshops. In fact, we often give one away
free each show to an audience member for "suggestion of the
night"! We are not in the retail business, so the small
cost we ever charge for promo stuff covers the expenses to
make it and any profit goes right back into producing more
stuff for you.
This is one of
the most common inquiries we get. Sadly the question is much
like "How do I get to be part of 'Kids in the Hall'?", or
"Can I join Bon Jovi?" (the latter is remarkably much
easier than you'd think!). We are luck to work
with so many talented people who make our work look so good from
their performances and craftsmanship; however the actual troupe
itself purposely remains small as a core group of colleagues and
friends who have worked together for many years. We do not
have "open call auditions" nor are we accepting applications or
resumes for troupe members at this time.
How do I
audition and/or get to be part of your troupe?
If comedy, especially improv, is something you are interested in
being a part of...then please take a look at our "LaughCrafters:
Classes". Our programs have trained several people
who went on to work professionally in theater, comedy, and the
entertainment industry. Troupe members Tommy Lynch, Jenny
Taylor, and Devin Horan actually started off as Phantom Sheep
workshop students many years ago. We are not promising if
you take our class you can join our troupe, but we often give
our students performance opportunities to showcase their skills
in "LaughCrafters" throughout the year.
PLEASE do not solicit resumes or otherwise beg for work
(acting, comedy, voice-overs, production) through our website
unless specifically directed. Any related audition
or business opportunity will be advertised with the proper
schedule and application process as they arise. If you are
a professional who wants to use our services in a collaboration,
please submit us a proposal.
...or do you
really mean-" Hey, I'm into comedy too! Let's collab! I
want to jam with you and join you on stage! Give me my big
This has been a
common request and we do appreciate the enthusiasm.
If we had the fool-proof secret to
success, we'd all be rich and famous. Most of us studied
and practiced professionally for years and value the integrity
of the process and the relationships we've built. Our
advice besides what's listed above is: research, be educated,
have patience and passion...and immerse yourself in the
environment at open-mics, as an intern, attend shows, workshops,
whatever. Above all, do it because you love it and not to get
rich and famous.
If you want to
check out other helpful sites, go to our fun and related
How can I get Phantom Sheep shows,
workshops, performers at my theater, library, school,
venue, park, club, network, etc.?
The first step
is to CONTACT
US ! Send us an email!
Tell us more about your group, venue, event, and what you're
We can then
send you any information you need including proposals, bids,
pricing guides, or chat directly about the opportunity to work
together. If you are in charge of coordinating shows or
talent... we want to meet and talk with you!
Need further information?
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