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Two Buffalo girls cast in 'Waitress' at Shea's

On Jan. 5, a group of 5-year-old aspiring performers competed for a chance to appear in the touring version of "Waitress," which opens in Shea's Performing Arts Center on Feb. 6.

Shea's has now announced that two of them will get their big breaks: Isabella Maritato and Sophia Vandette will alternate in the role of Lulu, the daughter of the main character in "Waitress."

The role of Lulu is always cast locally on the tour, a common practice in Broadway touring productions that gives communities the opportunity to show off their best and brightest.

Isabella, according to a Shea's release, is a big fan of singing and dancing, as well as "skiing, softball, and playing with her little sister." Sophia, who has trained at the Amherst's Academy of Theatre Arts and Mary Alice’s Dance Studio, "looks forward to her introduction to the stage."

"Waitress," based on Adrienne Shelly's 2007 film of the same name, features a score and lyrics by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. It tells the story of a down-on-her-luck waitress struggling to find her place in a small southern town. The show runs Feb. 6 to 11.

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