Two Local Actors Cast in Waitress the Musical

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, April 1, 2019 – Two local actresses have been cast in the role of “Lulu” for the Walton Arts Center run of Waitress April 9-14.

Dahlia “Dovie” Allen and Vivienne Simmons will share the role of Lulu, each appearing in four performances of the Broadway musical. Both of the young actors have grown up around theater but this will be their first professional stage experience.

“I'm so excited. I've just always really wanted to be on the stage," said four-year-old Vivienne from Fayetteville. Vivienne’s mother, Jennifer, works in costume design, and her brother has appeared in many local productions. Vivienne will perform at the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances of Waitress.

With this role, five-year-old Dovie is following other family members into theater too. “We were so excited to find out that Dovie was chosen for the role of Lulu. After watching her daddy and big sister perform in local theater, she became interested in getting involved. Performing perfectly suits her big personality,” said Emily Allen, Dovie’s mother. Dovie will perform at the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances.

The musical Waitress centers around Jenna - a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she creates pies that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed by My Eggs Pie.”

A baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying encounter with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Tickets start at $38 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting Patrons also can get reserved parking for $7 when they purchase their show tickets.

Show Times:  

  • Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 10 at 7 pm
  • Thursday, April 11 at 1:30 and 7 pm
  • Friday, April 12 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, April 13 at 2 and 8 pm
  • Sunday, April 14 at 2 pm

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors who help bring world-class arts experiences to Northwest Arkansas. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit