FEBRUARY 12 – 17, 2019

The Tony nominated musical WAITRESS, which opens Tuesday, February 12 and runs through Sunday, February 17, has cast two young area actresses to take on the role of “Lulu” during the Richmond engagement.

Devyn McDowell, 4 years old, of Midlothian, and Arabelle Pitera, 5 years old, of Short Pump 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 Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at Dominion Energy Center on November 27. Over 25 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. Devyn and Arabelle will perform in 4 performances each during the Richmond engagement.

Devyn is currently home-schooled until she starts kindergarten in the fall. She loves music and the arts, Tae Kwon Do, soccer, playing with friends, concerts and the beach and spending quality time with her mom and dad. Devyn’s mother, Renee McDowell said, “We are so proud of her, especially since Devyn went into the audition on her own. We couldn’t be in there with her, so this is something that she has completely earned herself. We’ve had many friends, family and even strangers tell us that she should be in show biz. We couldn’t turn up the opportunity to at least let her try, and needless to say, we are SO glad that we did!”

Arabelle attends Junior Kindergarten at Child Development Center of Wyndham where her favorite subjects are science and art. She is in her second year of Ballet and Tap at Central Virginia Dance Academy. Arabelle’s hobbies include playing dress and putting on ballet recitals in her living room. “The audition was a great experience for Arabelle. It means the world to us to see our five-year-old has the courage and drive to achieve something as immense as being casted in a Broadway show.
We are so proud and excited for Arabelle to share the stage with such amazing and talented Broadway stars. We know Arabelle is going to cherish this moment for a lifetime. We look forward to watching her shine on the big stage as Lulu,” stated Arabelle’s mother, Kate Pitera.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.BroadwayInRichmond.com, by phone 1-800-514-3849 (ETIX) or at the Altria Theater box office.