The Best of Shadowbox Live, the annual compendium of favorite skits from the previous year, opens Thursday, June 8, in the Brewery District venue, 503 S. Front St.

Sketches and songs from "Scandalous," "The Shadow Zone" and "Body Heat" will be featured in the two-hour production.

Katy Psenicka, an actress and chief choreographer for Shadowbox, said the show "feels very fast-paced and very high-energy as a result of the content being only the audience favorites."

"I attribute its popularity to the fact that only the best sketches and songs are included," Psenicka said.

Tickets, which range from $25 to $40, can be purchased at shadowboxlive.org. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. and run Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 26. A special one-hour "nightcap" performance of the show is planned for 10:30 p.m. Fridays.

The "Breaking News" sketch brings discomfort to a hilarious level, Psenicka said. It features news anchors Monica (Julie Klein) and Kyle (David Whitehouse). Comedy ensues when Kyle realizes the news is about him.

Another of Psenicka's favorite sketches is "Share Your Whole," in which Dick and Betsy Anderson (Jimmy Mak and Psenicka) play two uptight suburbanites who decide to take a couples' yoga class to rekindle the flame.

The class is crashed by South Siders Puck and Misty Duck (Whitehouse and Amy Lay), who end up sharing their yoga moves with the other couple.

"The sketch has a structured chaos to it, and the four of us have been playing these characters for decades, so we really know these characters inside and out," Psenicka said.

"The connection we have with one another on stage and the reaction we have put us right on the edge of cracking up ourselves."

Live music, naturally, is part of the entertainment. "Your Little Secret" by Melissa Etheridge, "Zombie" by the Cranberries and "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars will be among the songs played.

Julie Klein has at least one memorable role from the last year -- playing Wendy, who is part of an elementary school class that has written its own musical, "The Shining: The Musical."

All cast members play children and Klein's character is a prima donna.

"It's just one those sketches where it's fun for adults to play children," Klein said. "Anyone can relate.

"It's that wild variety of what you would see in an elementary school."

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