(to impress others. . . . .okay
First Episode of The New RRN
aired on WSC-TV: March 1996
The New RRN was the
first WSC-TV program ever aired on cable OFF campus and did so on Continental
Cablevision in nine local cities on Wednesday, April 9, 1996 at 9PM.
Longest Studio taping so far: 3
hours!=Episode 6, anchors:Kevin and Amy
Shortest Studio taping so far: 35
minutes!=Episode 7, anchors: Eric and Nicolle
Songs the Phantom Sheep (with Kevin's
voice) has sung at Kareoke:"Don't worry be happy,
La Baa-Baa, Just a Gigalo, and
Summer Nights (with Nicolle and Amy).
Songs the sheep have sung at Riverside
Park with Eric and Kevin: No Goodbyes, Baa-baa-baran, and We Go Together.
Longest "Field Segment": Nicolle
at the Clinton Rally(ep.6) (scripted by Eric)=5 min.45 sec.
Shortest "Field Segment": Eric at
the Clinton Rally (ep.6) 23 sec.
Avg. amount of posters circulated
for normal show: 20/month
Avg. amount of posters circulated
for Live show: 200/month ! (100 in one day)
Largest studio crew: 9 (episodes
1 and 9)
Smallest studio crew: 3 (episode
4 and 5)
Total Crew for Live show:
4 (VTR player, audio, 2 Cameras)
Average Time the cast recieves copies
of the script: 2 days prior to studio taping.
Average Time Eric finishes final
scripts: 3 AM!
Average amount of actual rehearsals:
That MAP !
The map that is seen on the
set behind the anchors and at the closing credits was created by Eric Boucher
and Kevin Zabawa with addtional coloring by Nicolle Leney and Michele Oulette
after forcing themselves to stay locked within the WSC SGA room for over
EIGHT HOURS and only a 2 days till it would be needed for the first show.
A list of some of the stuff
on the map that most viewers don't always see:
Eye-Rack, Donesia, In-Donesia,
Waldo, Carmen Sandiego, Ice Cap, Salary Cap, England, Scotchland, Toyland,
Tie Land, my Tie, Water World Set, Ivebeengypt(upside-down pyrimids), East
Carolina, West Carolina, Carolina in the City, Korea-"made in the USA",
NH-"Exists only every four years", Mr.Roger's neighborhood, Ewe-ta, Ewe-con,
Compass: N(orth) S(outh) SL(stage left) SR(stage right), Great Lake, Neat
Lake, Cool Lake, Okay Lake, Eery Lake, Ricki Lake, Vietnam-"Clinton:wish
you were here!", New Foundland, Not Foundyetland, Treasure Island, Gilligan's
Island, Virgin Islands, Slutty Islands, Birth Canal, Rocky Mts.(Squirrel,
Balboa, Horror), Great Wall-"attn.Germany:Please leave up!", Great Fence,
Great Dog House (with Shitzu: the chinese lion), Hong Kong, King Kong,
Donkey Kong, Iceland, Greenland, Winterwonderland, completely sunken California,
Cape Cod=middle finger, Wastefield/ Florida/ Peru/ Washington (MA), Why-oming,
Who-oming, Where-oming, What-oming, Gotham City, Old York, Mars, The Love
Boat, Mark's Den, Oz (right next to kansas), Greece(summer lovin'), and
That Window !
This is our version of NBC's
"window on the world"
Jon Gill is usually the one
playing with the toys and puppets in the window that is between and behind
the two anchors. When he is on camera in the studio, Kevin Zabawa or Greg
Boucher usually fill in.
Some of the items that seem
to frequently appear: The sheep (duh!), Kermit,
Homer, Elves, R2D2, OJ's missing glove, Clinton, Plants dancing, the millenium
falcon, snakes, and a leaping Shark.
behind the window on the set
(they have more room than the anchors do!)
A story was then invented of the
Phantom Sheep, who holds a grudge for being taken out of the show and therefore
haunts the theater making such surprise visits. Two other sheep were also
kept with The Phantom Sheep whom were dubbed Godzilla Sheep for his enormous
relative size, and Whiner, who had a less evil look on his face than the
others. Whiner was the only one at the time whom Eric and Kevin gave a
voice to while the other two just "Baa'd".
That Sheep !
The Story of the Phantom Sheep
Once upon a time when Eric and
Kevin were about to start their first season with Riverside Park, they
were called in early to learn a puppet show. With no prior experience and
only 2 rehearsals, Puppetworks 95 opened 5 days later. Since puppets
were still being constructed for the last song, some spare generic sheep
puppets were dug up and used in their place. The puppeteers instantly fell
in love with their faces and found them extremely funny for some reason.
When the other puppets were finally ready, the sheep were made sure to
be kept around the theater to make surprise cameos in other numbers.
The sheep were such a hit in
the park that in subsequent shows they were always given their own numbers
to sing including "baa-baa-ran" and a whole flock was created to perform
"We Go Together" in the WRKS
Sock Hop. A year after the initial script was proposed, "The
Spooktacular" was produced at Riverside in the fall of 1996 and starred
the Phantom Sheep who kept torturing a friendly witch with his echoing
"Baa's" as young children would yell out "it's the phantom sheep!" and
ask to meet it after the show. Even now, years later PWS has become
apopular part of Hallowscream for Premier Parks.
After producing the first episode
of The New RRN
in the spring of 1996(yes, before PWS was first staged), Eric and Kevin
asked the managers of Park Studios to borrow a sheep for the next show.
They gave us Godzilla since he would never fit into another show again
and another sheep smaller sheep that resembled Whiner with smaller arms
and was also never going to be used again. The smaller one appeared in
2 in an interview with Annie and both sheep appeared in the window
afterwards until Godzilla Sheep was almost destroyed by a dog leaving the
smaller to be THE Phantom sheep and only sheep on the show (and somehow
EVERY show after that!).The Phantom Sheep is still often requested and
makes appearances at Kareoke and WSKB, where he appeared once on the
pulsating cow show. And of course, he still is a stock character and
driving comedy force in
PuppetWorks. (However, the actual original
RRN PS, now often sits atop the coat rack in the PSP office)
The Phantom Sheep has become
our trademark, mascot, and name of our production guild because of the
inspiration it gave us to achieve some of our first major goals in entertainment.
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