MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two young Memphis actresses will make their theatrical debut in a Broadway show next month.
The Tony-nominated musical “Waitress” opens Tuesday, Jan. 15 and tells the story of Jenna an expert pie baker working at a local diner and stuck in a loveless marriage. Jenna’s salvation comes in the form of her daughter, Lulu.
Memphis natives Elizabeth Kellett, 4, and Katherine Thompson, 5, will alternate the role of Lulu during the Memphis engagement.
Both girls were chosen via an audition process held at the Halloran Centre on Friday, Nov. 2.
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 girl chosen will perform in four performances each during the engagement.
Elizabeth attends St. John’s Preschool and PreK CLUE at Grahamwood Elementary. Although this will be her theatrical debut, Elizabeth has been entertaining her big sisters and everyone else she meets since she was born.
She loves singing at church and taking ballet lessons, as well as working puzzles, drawing, swimming, and playing with her dog, Rascal.
Elizabeth says she is excited about “Getting to say my line about the pies!” but the thing she can hardly stop talking about is the fact that she has her own dressing room.
Katherine is a student at Midtown Montessori and she is also a beginning ballet student at the Collage Ballet Conservatory. She loves coloring, unicorns, playing with friends, and spending time with family.
Her role as Lulu will be her first appearance on stage, but she hopes it won’t be her last.
Katherine’s brother Bridger Thompson, 6, agrees that she was thrilled to be cast in “Waitress.”
“When she found out she got the part she told us she had been dreaming about being on the stage since the night she was born,” Bridger said. “I told her that was not possible, but it was still really cute.”
Brought to life by an 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).
“Waitress” will run in Memphis from January 15-20, 2019.