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Chelsea’s Caroline Hubbard, 5, cast as Lulu in ‘Waitress’

Photo by Tim Priest. Caroline Hubbard, 5, of Chelsea, was recently cast to play Lulu in the upcoming performance of “Waitress” at the Fischer Theatre.

Caroline Hubbard, 5, of Chelsea has been cast as an actress in the Tony nominated musical “Waitress” at the Fisher Theatre from May 7-19.

Leyna Harris, age 4, of Birmingham, and Hubbard, age 5, will alternate the role of “Lulu,” the daughter of the production’s main character, Jenna.

Waitress tells the story of “Jenna”, an expert pie baker working at a local diner and stuck in a loveless marriage. Her salvation comes in the form of her daughter, “Lulu.”

Both girls were chosen via an audition process held at the Fisher Theatre on Feb. 5. More than 30 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 4 shows each week during the two-week engagement.

Hubbard loves modeling, acting, singing and dancing. She has appeared in print ads for Graco Children’s Products, Inc. and Whirlpool.  Caroline is a student at Chelsea Community Preschool and dances at Ballet Chelsea.

“While watching Rent: Live on TV in late January, Caroline announced that it’s her dream to be an actress on the big stage,” said Katie Hubbard, Caroline’s mother. “Her dad and I are ecstatic that she will have this extraordinary experience at the Fisher Theatre, to learn from incredible professionals, and have lots of fun all at the same time.”

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, WAITRESS is an irresistible new hit featuring original music and lyrics by 7-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.

For more tour information, please visit http://waitressthemusical.com.

Performance times for Waitress are May 7-19 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit. Tuesday-Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m., Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Special open captioned performance on Sunday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for Waitress start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees). Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and also by phone at 800-982-2787.

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