From Granny, the feisty old woman with outrageous stories, to the shy, demure Paula the Possum, Helen Hammett entertained young and old alike last week when she performed with her puppets at the Niles Senior SCOPE Center.
''Aunt Mildred was a good housekeeper,'' said Granny, Hammett's oldest character. ''Every time she got divorced, she kept the house.''
A ventriloquist since 1984, Hammett, has been taking her mannequins and comedy routines across the country. Able to connect with audiences of all ages, Hammett uses handcarved basswood figures, each with its own distinct personality.
The Niles Times / Kathleen Evanoff
Helen Hammett, professional ventriloquist, along with one of her characters, Henry the Talking Bird, performed Thursday at the Niles Senior SCOPE Center, 14 E. State St.
''These are the only two that aren't human,'' Hammett said, pulling out Paula Possum and Henry the Talking Bird.
In addition to her shows, Hammett has won two awards in originality at the Abbotts magic convention held in Michigan and has take trophies at the Sunshine Puppet Fest in Butler, Pa. She also has taught and lectured on ventriloquism at conventions and seminars across the country.
The summer show at Niles SCOPE was offered to both members and non-members. The program was followed by lunch for those attending.
For more information about programs at the Niles Senior SCOPE Center, call 330-544-3676.