Local actresses cast for “Lulu” for Des Moines Civic Center’s “Waitress”

The Tony-nominated musical, “Waitress,” has cast two young local actresses to perform the role of “Lulu” during the Des Moines Civic Center engagement Dec. 5-10. Isabelle Lee Busch, 4, of Des Moines, and Eliana Mann, 5, of Urbandale, will alternate the role of “Lulu,” the daughter of the production’s main character who appears in the finale scene.

The “Search for Lulu” was held Thursday, Nov. 2 during two audition sessions at The Temple Theater. Thirty-five girls participated in the auditions, which were presided over by Associate Director, Susanna Wolk. Auditions for “Lulu” will subsequently be held in tour cities across the country prior to each tour stop.

“It’s always a great opportunity when a Broadway production opens their door to talent within the community,“ said Jeff Chelesvig, Des Moines Performing Arts President and CEO. “We are thrilled these two young people will experience acting with a professional touring company on the Des Moines Civic Center stage.”

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features 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, “Waitress” 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 5                        7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 6                    7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 7                       7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 8                            7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9                        2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10                        1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at DMPA.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300.

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