“Opening Up” with Cate Elefante, Lulu in Waitress!
When Cate Elefante comes home from a long day at school, she does something rarely any other kindergartener gets to experience on a daily basis. After Cate eats dinner, her mom drives her to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where she performs the role of Lulu in the hit Broadway musical, Waitress. It may seem hard to believe, but this talented and sweet five-year-old (who hasn’t quite lost her first tooth yet!) is performing several nights per week on the Great White Way!
Cate began her journey with musical theatre when she attended a musical theatre summer camp for two summers prior to her appearance in Waitress, where she performed in two shows with her camp friends! She has also performed in two dance recitals, but Waitress is her first Broadway show.
Thanks to Cate’s amazing mother, Caryn Elefante, I had the opportunity to talk to Cate in between two of her shows this Saturday! She is an incredibly talented girl that is just about as down-to-earth and sweet (as pie) as anyone can get.
Before delving into her experiences in the show, I decided to get to know Cate better and ask her about a few of her favorite things!
Pumpkin pie is my favorite real pie but Mermaid Marshmallow Pie is my favorite pie in Waitress.
What’s your favorite song from the show?
What is your favorite Broadway show that you have seen?
Do you have a favorite pre-show routine or game you like to play?
My favorite game to play backstage is called “Kids On Stage.” It’s a charades game. I also like to play balloon volleyball with my mom right before I go on stage to get my energy up!
Favorite song you like to belt out at home?
“Try Everything” from Zootopia
What’s your favorite thing to do on double-show days?
Go to my Gigi and Papa’s house to eat dinner and relax. They cook me a nice meal and then I watch movies and play.
What is your favorite place in the city?
The M&M Store.
Of course, I also had to ask Cate about her fellow cast members and her experience playing Lulu, Jenna’s daughter. Jenna is currently played by the stunning Jessie Mueller, who is soon to be followed by Sara Bareilles, who takes her first bow on March 31st. Fun Fact: Sara is also the composer and lyricist of the show!
I mean, I’m going to be so sad to see Jessie go, but Sara is so nice and fun too. Yes, we are all really excited to work with Sara!
What was your audition for the role of “Lulu” like?
I had to say “Hi Mama” and run into someone’s arms.
What was your reaction to getting the role of Lulu?
I was so excited! I wanted get started right away!
What’s your favorite on-stage moment in Waitress?
What’s one of your favorite memories with the cast?
They threw me a birthday party and sang to me on my 5th birthday which was the day before I opened on Broadway. Also, we had a Christmas party in the upper lobby of the theater and we played Secret Santa!
Cate is an extremely busy girl, balancing Kindergarten with a Broadway show! She was quick to point out that her favorite thing about Kindergarten is that she gets to learn how to read; currently, her favorite book is “Knuffle Bunny.”
When talking to Cate over the phone, it became clear that she really is a theatre- and family-loving girl, who absolutely loves every moment she gets with her family, both her real and her Waitress family, that is. Cate has become best friends with her cast-mate, Ella Dane Morgan who doubles as Lulu.
Talking to Cate was so much fun and I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next! A special thank you to Cate & Caryn Elefante, as well as the production team of Waitress for making this possible!