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Mimicking the best at the Elks

Next weekend, there's only one place to hear the voices of people like Frankie Valli, Cher, Ethel Merman, Patsy Cline and Ariel from the Little Mermaid. On Friday, Oct. 16, Paulette Anne Dittinger will perform her one woman show, Fan*Jazz*Tic, at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. Billed as Prescott's own singing impressionist, admission to the 7 p.m. show is $20 for general admission and $30 for opera box seats and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the box office one hour prior to showtime.

Dittinger has been doing the show for about eight years now, originally staring with just her own voice, but then moving into mimicry, adding Frankie Valli and Ethel Merman.

"Pretty soon, we went from just doing a singing show to mimicking all different kinds of different people," she said, noting that she discovered her talent for mimicry at age 11.

Dittinger said she does a little bit of everything in one night and doesn't focus on simply one person, noting that other tribute shows deal with one impersonator. In addition to the aforementioned voices, the show will also have people like Tina Turner and Denise Williams.

The name of the show, Fan*Jazz*Tic, came from a friend who had originally called it Fan*Jazz*Mic, Dittinger said. However, she changed it after he was unable to do the show, but Dittinger said she's going to change it as she's off into her own thing.

"We're going to change the whole name of the show, it's going to be Volupto Voice," she said. "Because I'm a voluptuous gal."

Barry Gibb, co-founder, vocalist and guitarist for the Bee Gees is the voice that Dittinger likes performing the best due to its high octave. There's also Patsy Cline, who is a difficult voice to mimic along with Jo Stafford as they had their own sound without a characteristic, she said.

As for voices she'd like to add, Dittinger picked Lady Gaga and some country singers, like early LeAnn Rimes.

"She would be another one I'd like to add to my repertoire, because she's crazy and people like that crazy performer type in her," Dittinger said of Gaga. "I'd like to get the yodeling of the country singers."

Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.


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