Local kiddos cast in Broadway tour WAITRESS!

The Tony-nominated musical WAITRESS has cast two young North Texas actresses in the role of “Lulu” for the show’s Fort Worth engagement at Bass Performance Hall June 19-24. June Whitley, 5, of Arlington, and Quinn Copeland, 6, of Fort Worth will alternate the role of Lulu, with each young lady performing in four shows.

WAITRESS 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.

The girls were chosen via an audition process held at the Music Hall at Fair Park, where the show played earlier this year. 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 four girls were chosen to share the role, two for Dallas, two for Fort Worth.

June Whitley and Quinn Copeland landed walk-on roles in the musical Waitress, coming to Bass Hall this month.
 “I’m excited about it all,” says 5-year-old June Whitely. Her acting experience includes one semester of classes at Casa Manana, and she studies tap and ballet at Miss Persis Studio of Dance/Performing Arts in Arlington.


Quinn Copeland is thrilled to make her theatrical debut as Lulu. When not building Lego creations, she’s an avid singer, dancer, and backyard playwright. She just graduated from kindergarten at Tanglewood Elementary School in Fort Worth and takes acting class at Casa Mañana Performing Arts Conservatory and jazz at Texas Dance Conservatory. “It feels fantastic,” says Copeland. “I am thrilled to perform on stage at Bass Hall and make friends with so many amazing actors and singers.”

Brought to life by a groundbreaking 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).

Inspired by Adrienne Shelley’s beloved film, the musical 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.

Tickets start at $44 (pricing subject to change) and are now on sale. To charge tickets by phone, call 817-212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth. Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. For group sales, call 817-212-4248.


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