The show entitled “Knott’s Preserved” will feature two classic melodrama plays and vaudeville, comedy revue from the famous Southern California attraction.
The Long Beach Theater Company began operation in June 2008 under the ownership and artistic direction of Ken Parks, who worked for years with Knott's Bird Cage.
"The Bird Cage was one of my favorite acting gigs," says Parks.
He has fond memories of going to the theater as a child. "As a kid, my siblings and I would play Bird Cage Theater on my grandmother’s back porch and I would always play the villains. After all, they always have all the best lines."
The Bird Cage, he adds, introduced him to, and fostered his lifelong affection for, the melodrama genre.
"It's an art form where the audience is always involved," he says. "I really enjoy the constant interactivity of these shows