The Birds: A Parody opens June 3 at the Laboratory Theater in Florida

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Melanie Daniels (Steven Michael Kennedy) is attacked by murder crows in The Birds: A Parody at the Laboratory Theater of Florida COURTESY PHOTO/SISK MEDIA, LLC

The Laboratory Theater in Florida will present the world premiere of The Birds: A Parody from June 3 to July 2. This hilarious parody features heroes battling evil birds with plans to terrorize humans based on the classic Hitchcock film.

Wealthy San Francisco socialite Melanie Daniels chases would-be suitor Mitch Brenner to a quaint seaside town where all sorts of chaos begins to take over, including the bizarre behavior of all types of birds, from crows to gulls to delicious sugar-coated Peeps, who start to attack the city.

The theater intends to set a new world record for the most Peeps used in a live performance and the most Peeps used during an entire production.

“The Birds, a Parody is our most over-the-top summer show yet,” says director Annette Trossbach. “It’s an extravagance! Whether or not you remember the Hitchcock movie, you’ll love Melanie Daniels responding to the audience, and this cast of goofy townspeople and attack birds.

Adapted and directed by Annette Trossbach and worked on by this tight-knit cast and crew, The Birds: A Parody is truly a Lab Theater original. This show stars Steven Michael Kennedy, Steven Coe, Sue Schaffel, Todd Lyman, Adrial McCloud, Heather Johnson, Jo Reed, Zach Hendra, Daniel Sabiston, Mark King, Holly Zammerilla, and Lorelei Davis. Stage design by Gabrielle Lansden, costumes by Alena Stevenson, projections by Paula Sisk and choreography by Isabel Isenhower.

This show opens the theater’s summer season and is included in the season pass, which is on sale now. The Birds: A Parody is sponsored by Art Zupko and Hulett Environmental Services.

Although this piece is designed for all ages, it features raunchy humor.

The performance dates are:

June 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 at 8 p.m.

July 1, 2 at 8 p.m.

June 5, 12, 19, 26 at 2 p.m.

Special Events:

Half-price preview evenings: June 1 and 2 at 8 p.m.

Staging the success of adolescents through theater: June 4 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $30 each or $10 for students with a valid student ID. There are half-price previews on June 1 and 2, and there’s a new special Thursday night ticket price of $25 each for adults. Socially distant seating may be available and must be scheduled through the ticket office. For tickets, call the box office at 239-218-0481 or visit www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com. ¦

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