Q & A
A brief explanation of common questions
asked of this popular PSP show
caution: some of the following info may destroy
the character world illusion
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Who is the voice of ("character")
and how is it recorded?
no surprise that Eric
Boucher (writer/director) is the voice of a few characters in this
show. He does the voice of Count Nosefuratoo, Frank, and the pre-show/post-show
announcements. This is also Eric's first professional recording of
original cast alum
Placido came back to not only help star in the Monster Mash debut cast,
but also lended his voice to the character of SarcastiGus!
add singing credibility to our scary voices was RadioActive/DMP alum, Mike
Antico as the voice of Wolfie.
making cameos in this show is PSP alumni Kate
Tingley as the "radio dial clips"
the show is recorded is sorta tedious, but works thanks to the efforts
and talents of PSP audio
engineer Greg Boucher.
For this project, Greg mostly used a computer and professional software
(an upgrade PSP made in 2001 for our spiel recordings). In essence,
this show was our "Episode 2" as it was our first fully digitally produced
Eric gave a list of songs that were expected to be in the show and Greg
hunted down the originals to be parodied. Next Eric gave Greg the
new sample lyrics and Greg assembled and created "Karaoke" tracks himself
to be used in the show. With these tracks, we tweaked more lyrics and the
voice talent rehearsed their characters.
the next few days, we laid down the majority of voiceovers. For some pieces,
all 3 actors would sing/act live and for some pieces just a scratch track
was recorded for reference as the others laid in their masters. Once
all of Nosfuratoo's, Gus's, and Wolfie's lines were down, Eric went in
thru the whole track to lay in Frank's lines and grunts.
after, Greg laid in the sound effects and during the blocking rehearsal
the track was constantly tweaked and detailed. Overall this was quite an
experience for us as it was really PSP's first "musical" production.
What exactly comes over
Franks frequencies when they are crossed?
This great effect created
by Greg was almost too realistic as many people thought something was really
wrong with the sound system when Franks "wires get crossed" and other "stations"
start to come in.
First we snuck the infamous Jeff Tingley in to
mention "Air Rick Dees and today's Top40" (a reference to writer "Air-Rick"
Boucher) Later our own Kate Chaconas makes a cameo warning people to "be
wary of strange farm animals" (obviously a direct reference to the Phantom
Sheep and the PuppetWorks SpookTacular). Between all that and the static,
there are clips to "Walk Like an Egyptian" (reference to Gus) and "Werewolf
in London" (reference to Wolfie and a song once considered for the show).
What other inside jokes
are in the show/developed into bits for the show?
The "Be A Pepper too" bottle
actually says "Pepper PhD" on the label. It also lists "spray paint, glue,
and humor" as some of its ingredients. (for the record, this is the
one joke the cast didnt fully understand.....*sigh* today's youth!)
"Bobby Lagosi, Max Shriek,
& Gary Youngman" mentioned by Count Nosefuratoo are play on names of
famous actors who have played the Nosfuratu (Count Dracula). "Nose-furatoo
is a cheap pun in reference to the character having a big nose and can
sniff out fresh blood and him being a vampire (ala the "Nosferatu")
Gus's full name is "SarcastiGus",
a pun of an Egyptian mummy tomb. His character is also supposed to be a
bit of a wise cracker (ie:Sarcastic) and the coffin he enters from is holding
a microphone to imply he used to be a bad stand-up comic in a past life.
Gus's coffin also has 2 sheep
faces where classic Egyptian serpants would normally appear.
Gus's coffin has a shield on
it with "Hyroglyphics" that semi-reads "E-R-I-C-*-P-S-P" as Eric's signature
for drawing and painting this prop.
The background flat was initially
used as a set piece when Eric played Dracula in 1995. The doors Nosefuratoo
enters from are originally from the "Castle Rockula" 1996 set, Wolfie's
Platform is originally from the 1999 Brutal Planet show, and the Bricks
Franky busts thru are originally from Wayne Maynor in Six Flags' Batman
show. (of course we did some painting and other customizing to make them
fit the show).
There is a mock Movie Poster
of the show hanging in the SoundStage Theater (home of PuppetWorks)
Nosefuratoo says the line "You
were just an American...."(Wolfie howls)..."Werewolf in London" to the
rythm of the classic song that was almost considered to be used in the
Nosefuratoo bites his wrist
and pauses in honor of "RHPS" Tim Currays infamous vampire. The score to
"Double Feature" from that movie is also used in the pre-show. (don't worry,
there are no sexual aliens in this show).
A lot of the jokes, movement,
and other material was created by the PSP improv troupe putting on some
of the costume pieces and jumping around as the characters and interacting
with each other.
Frank's line "Eat Now?" is
a tribute to "Kubiak" in Eric's beloved sitcom "Parker Lewis Can't Lose".
During the mix, Greg lost Eric's original take this line, so to open the
show on time, Greg recorded himself saying the line then altered the audio
magic to make it match.... and no one noticed the difference until we corrected
the mistake by the next show day.
The big light switch on Franks'
back was donated by the DMP designer (Greg Trochlil of Chimera scenic company)
when he ran by a copy of our script and imagined the power up/power down
(btw, that sound effect comes from a video game and is also used in a layered
effect in PWS3).
The offstage Wolfie "crash"
is the same sound effect used in LMASM by the PA and by Grizz in PWS3.
During "Dancing in the Dark",
Frank tries to give a little girl in the audience a flower ala the classic
Frankenstein movie famous cliche scene. He then pulls the girl up and dances
with here ala the class Bruce Springsteen video with Courtney Cox.
Frank also panics at the sound of "Fire" ala the same classic Frankenstein
Part of being an comedy
troupe means that our interaction as friends often ends up as new material.
What is the difference between
this and the other Monster Mash seen before at SFNE and other parks?
The only thing alike is 3 of the costumes...that we also even customized
and altered (the characters' names and identity changed too!). The concept,
the script, the music, the voices, the dancing, the talent, etc.
is All original PSP and brand new! When PSP was asked to create a
new show for this stage with these characters....we totally scrapped and
tossed everything used before and created a show based on what we personally
like in musicals. We also tried to make the show strong enough to be done
by face characters if necessary. And of course, the PSP philosophy meant
that this family show had to appreciate the intelligence of children and
create a show that is equally enjoyable for each member of the family.
Where did you choose "song"
Our first goal was to make
a show that appealed to the whole family and represent a genre from a variety
of major demographics. Therefore, we made sure to include everything from
80's music, disco, and current pop. We also tried to make a point
of using timeless music to show how timeless these characters are and their
need to make a comeback. The other goal we set was to avoid doing
"cliche Halloween songs" and to instead create new Halloween parodies based
on other songs. Even though the initial concept and plot of the show
was first created, we then tried to pick out good songs before we actually
designed the plot structure.
"California Ghouls" was written
by PSP alum Tommy Lynch
as soon as he found out what the show concept was. Eric later took his
lyrics and adapted them to fit the script. All the other songs and lyrics
came soon afterwards.
Our parody of Green Days' "When
I come Around" ("down in Movietown") was in the original script and a kareoke
track was even created. Right before recording, we decided to cut it because
of pace and tone and its purpose was repetitive of "Dancing in the Dark"
and only a unlikely medley would make it work right.
"Dancing in the Dark" is the
one song that Eric had from the initial pitch (yes, the big wigs looked
at us like we were crazy at first) that stayed with the project. However
the lyrics "Gun for Hire" change to "I'm just one vampire", which to us
sells the point of the piece, hit Eric at the very last minute as he wrote
the final draft.
As for unlikely medleys, there
was lots of disagreement amongst tech and writer with the Disco Medley
and the "Stronger/Right Round Reprise" medley at first (yes Eric's passion
for a funny lyric "suck a lil blood" and the passion for thematic bookending
for "Stronger" was battled Greg's talent for actual musical agreement)
It took lots of experimenting during voice-over rehearsals till Greg finally
invented a cut that worked perfect. Leave it to PSP to take two songs that
dont belong together and make them work awesome!
As for "Right Round", it was
like a fluke to be found. One late night, it was on the car radio
and for whatever reason, Eric got hooked on the chorus and this great movement
imagery that came with it. He quickly knew it'd be a great intro to each
characters and then Greg looped, pitch shifted, and did his other audio
magic to make the song fit Eric's lyrics and direction. Ironically, the
Monster Mash version is actually longer than the original song as it has
an extra verse. Even though this song has also appeared in "The Wedding
Singer" and a recent commercial, it is the single song that identifies
the show and sets the tone for us.
How Long is the show/How
long did it take to produce/When and Where can I see it?
The show lasts approximately
22 minutes. It is performed 4 times a day on weekends thru October
at Six Flags New England.(Click
Here for Show Times) On an average day, each show is usually played
to a full house of almost 350 people.
It is also expected to
be back for several Frightfests to come, including other parks in the Six
If you have a backstage
question that you'd like answered, just E-Mail
Although the show was originally
concieved and pitched in July 2001, it was actually produced over the following
month of September. The schedule was extrememely tight as we were
writing, recording, mixing, and blocking often within days of each other.
Over the month, Jeff adapted costumes, Tommy decorated sets, Eric painted
pieces and built props, Kate choreographed between rehearsals of our other
directing gigs, and so forth. The PSP team worked together on many different
aspects to bring this to life. Of course, we had the rewarding challenge
of creating this new show as we also were restaging PWS3,
for the same
To Restage the show in 2002,
We were lucky enough to have most of the original cast who still knew most
of the show. The set, even with a few improvements went back very
quickly and thanks to a professional ensemble, the show came back easily
for another successful season. Good thing too...because PSP was also
busy creating FOUR other brand new original shows (PWP,
at the same time to open the same day!
In 2003, to keep the show fresh...we added significant
set and design pieces to the stage and brought in Nickie Fuller
to sharpen and add new choreography. 3/4 of the cast members were
also new; although original cast members Keon Ruiter and Emily Skrodzki
stayed involved as swings and Erin Greene switched roles to Gus along with
becoming show captain. (past "Franks" Deanna Congo and Josh Placido moved
away to school to study performance and broadcast arts)
In 2004, an investment was made to create a brand
new awesome set thanks to our friends at Chimera Scenic (also built the
new DLL set and parts
of Scalleywags set)
In 2005, originating cast member Keon Ruiter returned
as choreographer to help re-install the show.
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