Waitress: Young Chelsea Actress Cast As “Lulu”

For The Detroit Engagement At The Fisher Theatre, May 7 – 19

The Tony nominated musical WAITRESS, which opens May 7 at the Fisher Theatre, has cast two young actresses to take on the role of “Lulu” during the Detroit engagement.

Leyna Harris, age 4, of Birmingham, and Caroline Hubbard, age 5, of Chelsea, 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 and stuck in a loveless marriage. Her salvation comes in the form of her daughter, “Lulu.”

Both girls were chosen via an audition process held at the Fisher Theatre on February 5. Over 30 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 girl chosen will perform in 4 shows each week during the two-week engagement.

Caroline Hubbard loves modeling, acting, singing and dancing. She has appeared in print ads for Graco Children’s Products, Inc. and Whirlpool. Caroline is a student at Chelsea Community Preschool and dances at Ballet Chelsea.

“While watching Rent: Live on TV in late January, Caroline announced that it’s her dream to be an actress on the big stage,” said Katie Hubbard, Caroline’s mother. “Her dad and I are ecstatic that she will have this extraordinary experience at the Fisher Theatre, to learn from incredible professionals, and have lots of fun all at the same time.”

Inspired by Adrienne Shelley’s beloved film, the musical tells the story of Jenna as she 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 more tour information, please visit http://waitressthemusical.com.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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