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San Antonio-area girls picked for Broadway musical ‘Waitress’ at Majestic Theater

December 4, 2018

A kindergertener and a preschooler will make their Majestic Theatre debuts in a big way when the national tour of “Waitress” makes its San Antonio debut in January.

The little girls — Annie Crain, 5, who lives in Cuero, and Georgia Hallmark, 4, who lives in Helotes — will play the title character’s daughter Lulu in a scene near the end of the musical.

Neither has been in a play before.

“This will the first one,” said Annie’s mom, Jill. “I’m like, ‘Girl, it’s going to be kind of hard to top this one.’”

Each of the girls will be featured in four performances of the show, which runs Jan. 8-13. And, just like everybody else on that stage, both of the girls will be paid for their work.

The youngsters were among 37 girls who auditioned for the part on a drizzly day in November.

In an interview that day, Georgia’s mom, Jada, said that the little girl, who is in pre-school, had never done a show before but had been to a few that friends had been in.

“She asked me all the time, ‘How do you get in that show, Mom?’ So I said, ‘I don’t know how you get in that show,’” Jada said. “So we thought we’d check it out.”

Annie’s mom said that they learned that she had won the role late at night. The following morning, Jill said, Annie’s dad woke her up and told her the news.

“She had sleepy eyes, he said, and then her eyes got really wide,” Jill said. “I think she was in shock.”

The kindergartner has danced in “The Nutcracker,” but has never done a play before. Jill said the only part of being in “Waitress” that Annie is worried about is having her hair brushed.

“She doesn’t like her hair being brushed, she said. “I said, ’You just have to deal with it. We can get through it.”

dlmartin@express-news.net | Twitter: @DeborahMartinEN

Deborah Martin is an arts writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | dlmartin@express-news.net | Twitter: @DeborahMartinEN

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