Lynn Trefzger was 9 years old, feeling a little too old for dolls but not much interested in anything else.
So for Christmas that year, she asked for a ventriloquist's dummy.
“I saw one in the Sears catalog,” she said, “and I taught myself how to use it.
“I was very shy when I was little, so it took the attention off me and I could get away with saying things I wouldn’t normally say to people."
She did her first show a year later and worked a lot of school and private party gigs up until she went to college. She was putting herself through the University of Akron and an advisor called an agent to come see her do a show on campus. The agent loved her act and sent her on a tour of colleges and lined her up with some cruise ship gigs.
“I decided to take a year off college, make some money, do some traveling,” she said. “I never went back.”
Her cast of characters includes the smart-aleck Sim on, a drunken camel named Camelot, the cranky old man Judd and Emily, a girl that prominently features in her college act. She also has Chloe, who is geared toward working with younger kids,” she said.
Some of the more popular dummies in her act, however, come from the audience.
“One of the highlights of the show is when I bring three volunteers from the audience and get them to be the dummies,” she said.
Trefzger performs 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, as part of the Fitton Family Fridays series at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton.
Named the 2006 Funniest Female Performer of the Year, by Campus Activities Magazine and nominated 2007 Funniest Female by American Entertainment Magazine, her performances are tailored for both family and adult audiences. Lynn (and her many voices) has appeared on ABC, TNN, A&E and Lifetime television.
Tickets are $10 for adult members, $12 for non-members, and children (up to age 16) are $5 for members and $6 for non-members. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Benninghofen Theater.
To order your tickets, call 513-863-8873 ext.110 or visit our web site www.fittoncenter.org. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue in Hamilton, Ohio.
Portions of this story originally appeared in the Hamilton JournalNews, March 24, 2006.