2 young actresses chosen to play Lulu in Richmond production of ‘Waitress’

2 young actresses chosen for Lulu in Richmond production of 'Waitress'

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two young actresses will split the role of Lulu in the Tony-nominated musical “Waitress” when it begins its run in Richmond.

Devyn McDowwell, 4, of Midlothian, and Arabelle Pitera, 5, of Short Pump, will alternate in the role, which is the daughter of the main character.

The musical is set to open Feb. 12 and runs through Feb. 17.

Auditions for the role were held in November.

“Energy, personality, someone who can take direction really well," Casting Agent Dayna Dantzler said.

The production tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie baker who works at a local diner and is stuck in a loveless marriage.

Her salvation comes in the form of her daughter, Lulu.

“It was fun. They picked me up and twirled me around,” said candidate Opal Shea.

Dozens of young ladies stepped in with hopes of becoming the carefree 4 to 5-year-old who appears in the production’s final scene.

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While some candidates shined and others were shy, they all agreed on one thing, they had fun.

“We got some really really really bright spirits out there,” said Dantzler.

Regardless of the outcome, the parents are glad their children got to experience a slice of fame.

“To make it would be a really great experience but also just the experience of auditioning and putting yourself out there and doing what she loves to do that what its all about," said Opal’s mother, Marcie Shea.

“You’ll never know who’s going to be in that audience and that could be the little girls big break,” said Dantzler.

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