PRESS RELEASE: WAITRESS seeks child actress for Cincinnati performances of hit Broadway show

The Tony-nominated musical WAITRESS is searching for “LULU” for Cincinnati performances

Auditions Tuesday, November 28, 10am – 2:30pm

UPDATE as of 11.16.17 at 11am: All audition spots have been filled.  

WAITRESS, the Tony nominated musical, will be premiering at the Aronoff Center on January 9, 2018 for a limited two week engagement and is looking for two young girls to perform the role of “Lulu” for the duration of the local engagement.

The character of “Lulu” is a sweet and carefree 4 to 5-year-old who appears in the production’s finale scene.  Qualified young girls should be shorter than 4’2”, weigh less than 35 lbs and be no older than 5 years and 3 months.  Individual applicants are welcome, as are sets of twins or siblings. Space is limited to the first 40 applicants to sign up at Lulu Audition Sign-up.

The “Search for Lulu” will take place in Cincinnati on Tuesday, November 28 at the Aronoff Center and will be held in two sessions from 10am-11:30am and 1pm-2:30pm.  Only children who have been signed up and confirmed in advance will be seen, no walk-in applicants can audition. The audition will consist of the child reciting two lines from the show. If possible, parents should bring a current head shot and resume for each child, though headshot, resume and prior acting experience are not required.

Please note, selected children would need to be available for all performances January 9 – 21, and available to be at the theater until as late as 10pm on weekdays and 10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

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

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.

“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.

WAITRESS will play the Aronoff Center from January 9 – 21, 2018: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30PM, Friday at 8:00PM, Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM. Tickets start at $30 and are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit

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  1. Average weight of a 5 year old is 36.3 lb to 44 lbs. Yet, this post is asking all applicants be under 35 lbs. I understand weight restrictions and requirements for adults, but 5 year old children ?

  2. Hi Kirsten, thanks for your comment. The weight guidelines are due to the fact that adult performers in the show of varying sizes have to lift the child frequently. Five years and three months is the maximum age, but girls can younger. Thanks for your interest!

  3. My child have been signed up by a friend, so I’m just now reading the guidelines..Brooklyn is actually 5 years and 9 months… no exception to this guideline? If not I totally understand, she have stage play experience.. are there any good agents you all cam recommend to us?

  4. Hi Randria. I think those are firm guidelines, but I’ll check with the show and email you directly.

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