Two local child actresses cast as Lulu for ‘Waitress’ musical

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Charlotte Bates and Regan Ciccarelli played Lulu in the Greenville engagement of Broadway musical "Waitress." Photo by Jeremy Williams

The Tony-nominated musical “Waitress,” playing at the Peace Center May 8-13, has cast two young Upstate actresses for the role of Lulu during the Greenville engagement.

Five-year-old Charlotte Bates, from Honea Path, and 4-year-old Regan Ciccarelli, from Clemson, will alternate the role of Lulu, the daughter of the production’s main character, Jenna.

“Waitress” tells the story of Jenna, a talented pie baker working at a local diner who is stuck in a loveless marriage.

More than 60 local girls auditioned at the Peace Center for the role on March 28. Lulu is cast locally in each tour market, and two girls are selected to share the role. Each will perform in four performances during the Greenville run.

Bates will perform on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and both performances on Sunday. Her past theater experience includes a role as the baby elephant bird in “Seussical the Musical” with CYT Theater in Anderson. She also made an appearance in a dance performance at Anderson University. Bates enjoys singing, dancing, acting, and drawing.

Ciccarelli, who will perform on Thursday and Friday evenings and both performances on Saturday, attends Clemson Montessori School, where she recently performed in a play at Christmas. She also dances with Cheryl’s Dance Studio in Central. This was her first audition and will be her first speaking role. Ciccarelli likes to paint, ride her scooter, ride horses, and play with her toys.

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