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Chad Patterson, the group’s director/instructor/host, is currently running his third Intro to Improv class on the gallery stage.
“We have a great new crop of performers who are learning the basics of improv,” said Patterson. “They will be in class for seven weeks, and it will culminate with a final exam onstage with the current members of AAV’s resident troupe on Thursday, March 12, from 7 to 9 p.m.”
Patterson invites the public to “come in, have a beer and enjoy some great, funny entertainment from our newest members as we celebrate their graduation and the three-year anniversary of our first show.”
Although no admission is charged, Gits and Shiggles passes the hat at the end of each performance with the proceeds going to a local organization. Patterson said the group has raised over $5,000 for area organizations, including Grayling Recreation Authority, Crawford County United Way, Crawford AuSable Soccer Association, Grayling Band Boosters, Grayling Youth Booster Club, Children’s Assessment Center, Huron Pines, Community Thanksgiving Dinner and Grayling High School Players.
The current improv group members include Jordan Ault, John Bawol, Abby Ertel, Mary Goodhall, Kevin Jansen, Roger Walsh and Jeremiah Welsh. The newest members are Joe LaGattuta, Rachel Latusek, Ann Malm and Meagan Malm.