Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Two Tampa girls picked to join ‘Waitress’ cast at Straz

After a Tampa casting call, Lulu has been chosen for the tour of Waitress coming next week. And the results are adorable.

The Tony-nominated Broadway musical opens April 24 at Tampa’s David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. And like other touring stops, the producers cast two local girls to take the plum role of the young daughter of titular waitress.

Madeline Bokor, 4, of Brandon, and Lucy Capri, 5, of Tampa were picked from a casting call of nearly 60 local hopefuls at the Straz Center in March. They will alternate the role of Lulu, who appears as the young daughter of Jenna, a waitress trapped in a loveless marriage who makes amazing pies.

Bokor, who will play the role on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and at both performances on Sunday, will be making her theatrical debut in Waitress. She is homeschooled and is a violin student at the Straz Center’s Patel Conservatory. "She enjoys playing outdoors and taking care of her chickens," a Straz Center news release said.

Capri, who will play the role on Thursday and Friday evenings and at both performances on Saturday, has done theater, film, commercial, print and voiceover work and is making her Broadway tour debut in Waitress. She is homeschooled and enjoys playing soccer, practicing the acoustic guitar and "learning to paint like Van Gogh and swim like a mermaid," the news release said.

Waitress features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (who drew raves for her role as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar Live on Sunday). The show was inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s hit independent film about an expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and terrible marriage.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

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