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Scott G. Winterton, Deseret Morning News
Impersonator Jason Hewlett strums his guitar as he dons the persona of the legendary Buddy Holly.

Jason Hewlett has so many personalities, it's kind of a shock to see him just as Jason Hewlett the regular guy.

In the space of an hour, he can transform into Ricky Martin, Louis Armstrong, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Jim Carrey working at a Subway . . . the list goes on.

He can become a velociraptor leaping around the stage with a slithery tongue,an earsplitting cry and a creepy expression, or he can become Michael Jackson, Tiny Tim or Alvin from Alvin and the Chipmunks. (Check out the back of his business card for a complete list of the possibilities.)

All the while, he's somewhere between imitating great characters out of a sort of sense of admiration and mockery.

But he's dead on as he changes voice, face and stance.

That would explain why he's showing up everywhere — from the "Legends in Concert" stage to business conventions to the tents at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

"I pretty much do all my shows in Provo," said Hewlett, who lives in South Jordan with his wife and baby girl.

"I was born in Salt Lake, grew up in Park City, attended the Waterford school, served an LDS mission to Brazil," said Hewlett. "I've been courted to be the headliner at the new club The Vault opening soon on University Avenue, doing one or two shows a month."

Hewlett started his career as an impersonator in the third grade after his teacher promised he could entertain the class if he'd just be quiet until then.

The class loved his Pee-wee Herman imitation and applauded him generously. He was immediately hooked on show biz and continued to perform in school talent shows and whenever he got the opportunity until BYU basketball coach Tony Ingle introduced him to Chris Poulos, the former manager of The 3D's.

Poulos helped him put together a show, which helped him pick up a part of the "Legends in Concert" tour as Ricky Martin in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and later as Elton John.

"That got me started, but I kind of took a leap and left because I didn't want that as my life's career. I've been doing the corporate shows full-time since June 2001. I've had, like, a month when I went out and tried to do another thing, but it just didn't work," Hewlett said.

Today he has more than 100 personalities he can impersonate. Between 40 and 50 show up in a typical gig.

Hewlett's primary goal in life to is make people smile and fill the world with humor.

He also loves the rush that comes from entertaining, and it's nice that it pays the bills.

Ultimately, he'd like to have a 200-300 seat showroom in Park City where he could perform during the winter. The rest of the year, he'd hit the corporate circuit.

"I simply like to create a very fun show for the entire family that is clean, energetic and fun. I hope I can do this the rest of my life," he said. "I really can't see myself doing anything else."

If you go

What: Jason Hewlett in concert

Where: SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State, Orem

When: 7:30 p.m. (sold out) and 9:30 p.m., April 15

Cost: $10/$8 children

Phone: 225-2569

Web: www.jasonhewlett.com or www.scera.org


E-mail: [email protected]