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Locally Grown Theatre makes it up at improv fundraiser

The Locally Grown Theatre troupe performs “Synchronized Household Chores,” as part of the Improv Olympics Friday at the River Oaks Golf Course. Pictured from left are John Rigg, Tracy Caponigri, Adam Caughey, Logan Green and Stephanie Caughey. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler1 / 7
The Locally Grown Theatre performs an improvisational sketch titled “Channel Surfing.” Each member invented a commercial based on product suggestions from the audience. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)2 / 7
Gabe Dockter, 11 (right) and Anson Dockter, 7, enjoy the Improv Olympics Friday. (Bulletin photos by William Loeffler)3 / 7
Stephanie and Adam Caughey of Locally Grown Theatre confer with fellow performer John Rigg (right) prior to Friday’s Improv Olympics fundraiser at River Oaks Golf Course. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)4 / 7
Tracy Caponigri and Logan Green do a pre-show warm up at the Improv Olympics Friday at River Oaks Golf Course. The exercise, called “Grapes and Raisins,” loosens the lips and facial muscles. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler) 5 / 7
John Rigg of Locally Grown Theatre explains the Improv Olympics to the audience at River Oaks Golf Course. Rigg told the audience that they’ll be expected to challenge the performers by calling out suggestions during the performance. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)6 / 7
Logan Green of Locally Grown Theatre psyches himself up before Friday’s Improv Olympics fundraiser at River Oaks Golf Course. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)7 / 7

There was something funny going on Friday at River Oaks Golf Course. The members of Locally Grown Theatre threw away the script and delivered their first public improv performance.

For their “Improv Olympics” fundraiser, the three male and three female performers gave the audience more than an hour’s worth of silly and outlandish skits, songs and game show parodies.

The first part of the show spoofed the Olympics, which featured such sports as synchronized household chores and competitive patty cake. On a “Dating Game” segment, the three bachelors — Logan Green, Adam Caughey and John Rigg — adopted character quirks suggested by the audience. Laura Beard, Stephanie Caughey and Tracy Caponigri did the same for their turn as bachelorettes.

This bunch made the difficult art of improvisation look fun as well as easy. Their high-energy performance drew plenty of laughs.

If you missed Friday’s performances, there will two more at 7 and 10 p.m. Jan. 24. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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