“I’m looking for girls who will bring an energetic, soulful and spunky presence to the show,” Susanna Wolk, the tour’s associate director, says in an email. “They should be confident, calm and able to take direction while helping us tell this joyful story.”
The musical is based on a 2007 movie of the same name. The lead character, Jenna, is a waitress in a small-town diner and an expert piemaker. Jenna dreams of getting out of a loveless marriage with her husband by winning a baking contest in a nearby county. She also thinks the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at happiness. Without giving too much away, Lulu appears onstage late in the second act.
“No preparation is necessary,” Wolk says. “In the audition, we'll ask them some questions to get to know them and get a sense of their personalities. And then, we'll teach them some of the staging from the show.”
The role calls for girls between the ages of 4 and 5, but no older than 5 years and 3 months. The girls must be shorter than 4 feet 2 inches tall.
Parents or guardians who wish to have their girls try out at the Broward Center (201 SW Fifth Ave.) should enter through the backstage door. To get there from Broward Boulevard, turn south onto Southwest Seventh Avenue (also called Avenue of the Arts) and then at the second stoplight turn left at West Las Olas Boulevard. Take an immediate left into the backstage parking lot. At the security gate, push the buzzer and identify yourself to the guard.