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" without the need of
clarifying "Players" or "Productions".
The original 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. 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 Opera
Sheep" also sounds like a cool name for a band; and since
improv geeks are rock stars of the theater world, we labeled
our group as such. We first officially used it as a
production company name on the first episode of The New
RRN although the sheep didn't appear until episode 2 (and
every episode after that! We never expected it to become
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.
something that represented our creativity and ability to break
the conventional molds of entertainment while still being
accessible and enjoyable.
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 235 scripted sketches produced and
countless improvised scenes!
your troupe based?
We are based in
the Springfield area of Western Mass in the Pioneer Valley, a
haven for the Arts and talent. We mostly work throughout New
England and the New York area with several performances in the
Springfield, Agawam, Amherst, and Hartford area.
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 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
organization! Contact us
today to see what we can do for your group!
- Basics of
Clowning and Discovery
Movement (also used by Six Flags for their Frightfest
actors along with their famous Looney Tunes and Justice
scene work and monologues
- Intro to
animating and operation
We also have experience as guest
speakers and presenting lectures on the entertainment and comedy
industry at high schools and colleges.
with the Puppets!?
Who is the voice of The Sheep?
- One of
our first "breaks into professional showbiz" was by doing
puppetry and most of our team is trained with professional
puppetry experience. The Phantom Sheep itself actually
started as a puppet character! However we are barely a
troupe of puppeteers, but those skills of a small group
being able to play multiple characters and entertain
multiple ages has become a core value of our troupe.
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 as part of
PuppetWorks series ran successfully for over 11 years at Six
Flags and may be available for future productions. Please be
aware that this show is a major production and not suitable
for small "birthday party" type events as it requires a
large stage, plenty of set-up, and often the most customized
pre-production. It is recommended for medium-large installs
and several day run.
- Please be
aware that although we have a special place for puppets in
our hearts, at least 95% of the work we do is NOT
puppetry since our troupe boasts a wide range
of improv, game shows, revues, satirical sketches, and other
variety performances. Sure, a puppet may sneak out
here and there, but it's just because we're weird.
The Phantom Sheep's voice actually
became a blend at least 3 other voices for sheep characters
developed by Eric and Kevin. Over the years, the sheep has
been puppeteered by almost every troupe member; but Eric, Kevin,
or Jeff are the only 3 that have supplied the voice. We are still
unsure what the origin of the accent is.
The Sheep's sidekick buddy Grizz is voiced 95% of the time by
Eric, who also is the voice of at least 1/2 of the other puppet
characters that have appeared. There have also been times
where Eric is performing the voice live off-stage or off-camera
for one or more characters while puppeteers are lip syncing.
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. However, the joke is
never "the guy is in drag" but rather focus on making each
character funny no matter who is playing him or her. We're proud of the
fact that we don't restrict our characters based on gender, age,
or size and have the training to play many roles. Some
have even compared us to "Kids in the Hall",
comedic icons we are definitely influenced by. And since we do it
very minimally, we have yet to master a gorgeous look; but our
wives and girlfriends love us anyway, even if we're borrowing
Is your group
suitable for kids?
For many shows,
yes. For some shows, it depends. Some of our work is political
parody or social satire that may skew to teens and adults.
However, we aim to never play "blue" nor rely on excessive
gratuitous cursing and cheap humor. We try to keep
everything very family friendly, but will put warnings on shows
that are intended for an older audience. 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 school 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 groups
of all ages and keeping things very family appropriate
the pricing of Shows and Workshops?
pricing is competitive and customizable to work with your
goals and budget.
touring shows range anywhere from $350-$1800 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!
- 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, clubs, and colleges with
everything from supplying emcee talent and 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
us know what you have in mind and we'll help you add
that professional theatrical edge!
- 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.
WORKSHOPS: We have a wide 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 $350/ per 2 hr class for non-profits to $2500 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 $20 per class
to $200 for an multi-week intensive series. Click here for current class schedule
How did the troupe form and how does it
Sheep Productions started in 1996 as the creative team of
WSCTV's local cablecasted "The New 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
guild 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 co-founding member 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.
talent base of your troupe freelance individually?
Although our troupe works together to provide great quality
entertainment, they are each also individually available for
hire and to serve in any role or position you need in your own
productions. For example: Greg Seymour is also owner of
"Skits & Giggles
Productions" and is a talented cartoonist and lighting
designer for your special projects and Jeff Tingley is a comic
artist who produces "Doberman" for Rare Earth comics along
with being a DJ for dance clubs. Another words....we
love working together, but we're okay if someone wants to utilize
our individual talents. The benefit to you is an
experienced professional who understands the importance of
ensemble work and collaboration.
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 produce
a lot of the show package for Six Flags New England where
original Phantom Sheep shows such as "Graveyard Groove",
"StoryTale", "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 FunnyorDie.com, YouTube.com,
and at our Facebook
Page. You can also visit our Media Room
hub for links to these sites and more. If you like
what you see, be sure to order a copy of our 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
We have also
fully produced our own shows at various public venues (IE:
rented the theater ourselves and sold tickets)
and of course the DVD's available for sale online and at a few
the Meaning of Life?
One of our
favorite works of Monty Python. Bing!
started from the crazy Davis dorm cult many years ago, but our
fans have grown as our work has. 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 promo stuff 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. We are not in the retail business, so
the small cost we ever charge covers the expenses to produce,
copy, and deliver and anything left over goes right back into
producing more stuff for you. For more info, visit our Swag Shop page!
get a free PSP from Sony?
No. All we got
was a wordy form letter that said it was beyond them to help
us out after stealing our initials. We asked on behalf of poor
"Paint Shop Pro" fans too! We already stopped calling our
troupe "Gameboys" and we're not changing it again!
This is one
of the most common requests 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
How do I
audition and/or get to be part of your troupe?
especially improv is something you are interested in being a
part of...then please take a look at our "LaughCrafters:
Classes". Our classes 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 will also
always try to post or link to job opportunities in the
performing arts that relate to what we do and for shows we are
producing. Keep an eye out each February and August for open
call auditions at SFNE where many shows we created are
do not solicit resumes or otherwise beg for work (acting,
comedy, voice-overs, production) through our website unless
specifically directed. Any business opportunity
will be advertised with the proper audition schedule and
application process as they arise. If you want to check out
other helpful sites, go to our fun and related
...or do you
really mean-" Hey, I'm into comedy too! Give me free advice or
my big break!"
Our inboxes often get flooded with
these requests. 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. Our advice besides what's listed above is:
research, be educated, have patience and passion...and if
possible immerse yourself in the environment at open-mics, as an
intern, whatever. Above all, do it because you love it and not
to get rich and famous.
How can we
If there is one
thing you should not miss on this website....it's info on how
to contact us! Please visit our Comments,
section for options.
How can I get PSP shows, workshops,
performers at my theater, library, school, venue, park,
club, network, etc.?
The first step
is to CONTACT
US by visiting our Contact page (listed all over this
We can then
send you any information you need including proposals, bids,
pricing guides, basic brochures, or contact you directly via
e-mail or phone. If you are in charge of arranging and/or
coordinating shows and/or talent... we want to meet and talk
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