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Shea's: 2 local young actresses selected to play Lulu in upcoming production of 'Waitress'


Wed, Jan 24th 2018 01:25 pm
The Tony-nominated musical "Waitress," which takes the stage at Shea's Buffalo Theatre from Feb. 6-11, 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 at Shea's 710 Theatre. More than 40 girls participated in the auditions, which were presided over by members of the "Waitress" company. The character of Lulu is cast locally in each tour market, and two girls are chosen to share the role. Each 5-year-old girl chosen will perform in four performances each during the engagement.
Isabella said she 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, a student at the Academy of Theatre Arts and Mary Alice's Dance Studio, also said she looks forward to her introduction to the stage.
Brought to life by a groundbreaking, all-female creative team, "Waitress" is a new hit featuring original music and lyrics by six-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 piemaker. 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.
For tickets, visit www.sheas.org or call the box office at 716-847-0850.

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