The Tony nominated musical WAITRESS, which takes the stage at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre from Feb. 6 to 11, has cast two young area actresses to take on the role of “Lulu” during the Buffalo engagement.
Isabella Maritato and Sophia Vandette will alternate the role of “Lulu,” the daughter of the production’s main character, Jenna.
WAITRESS tells the story of “Jenna,” an expert pie baker working at a local diner who is confined to a loveless marriage. Her salvation comes in the form of her daughter, “Lulu.”
Both Isabella and Sophia auditioned for the role of Lulu on Friday, January 5 at Shea’s 710 Theatre. More than 40 girls participated in the auditions, which were presided over by members of the WAITRESScompany. The character of “Lulu” is cast locally in each tour market and two girls are chosen to share the role. Each five-year-old girl chosen will perform in four performances each during the engagement.
Isabella Maritato is thrilled to make her stage debut as Lulu. In addition to singing and dancing, Isabella loves skiing, softball, and playing with her little sister.
Sophia Vandette, a student at the Academy of Theatre Arts and Mary Alice’s Dance Studio, also looks forward to her introduction to the stage.
Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, WAITRESS is an irresistible new hit featuring original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam”) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin, Hair).
Inspired by Adrienne Shelley’s beloved film, the musical tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
“It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune. “WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.
For tickets, visit www.sheas.org or call the box office 716-847-0850.