– by The Center for the Performing Arts

UNIVERSITY PARK (Thursday, Feb. 10) — The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State is thrilled to announce “Waitress” will play Eisenhower Auditorium for a limited, one-night engagement! The diner opens up starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3.

Kennedy Salters Jisel Soleil Ayon and Gabriella Marzetta in Waitress Credit Jeremy Daniel WAIT 0456 full

Tickets — $70 and $59 for an adult, $50 and $41 for a University Park student, and $53 and $42 for a person 18 and younger — are available online at cpa.psu.edu.. Tickets are also available by phone at 814-863-0255 or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays. A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

Visit “Waitress” at https://cpa.psu.edu/events/waitress for more information.

Meet 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 crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life, such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed by My Eggs Pie.” When 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.

Jisel Soleil Ayon in the National Tour of Waitress Credit Jeremy Daniel WAIT 0108 crop

“Waitress” is recommended for ages 13 and older.

The production opened in 2016 at Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, “Waitress” is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots — with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. The “Waitress” tour features choreography recreated by Abbey O’Brien and tour direction recreated by Susanna Wolk. It also includes Scott Pask, scenic design; Suttirat Anne Larlarb, costume design; Ken Billington, lighting design; Jonathan Deans, sound design; wigs by Richard Mawbey; original music supervision by Nadia DiGiallonardo; and tour music supervision by Ryan Cantwell. Arrangements are by DiGiallonardo and Bareilles, and orchestrations by Sara Bareilles and The Waitress Band. “Waitress” is produced by NETworks Presentations LLC, with casting by Stewart/Whitley.

“‘Waitress’ is a little slice of heaven!” said Entertainment Weekly. “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order,” said the Chicago Tribune. Don't miss this uplifting and hilarious musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

Watch a preview of “Waitress”

Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders. Reservations are required by Thursday, Feb. 17. Phone 814-238-0132 to reserve this service.

Photos of the production, for news media use, are available to download at cpa.psu.edu/press.

For interviews with a cast or crew member, contact communications specialist Heather Longley at hxl44@psu.edu or 814-863-7368.

Safety first

The Center for the Performing Arts has health and safety of our patrons in mind. Penn State requires that masks be worn in all University buildings and emphasizes its commitment to cleaning and ventilating its spaces. In addition, the center will work to ensure the safety of its patrons by positioning contactless ticketing kiosks and hand-sanitizing stations throughout the venues. Visit https://cpa.psu.edu/covidprecautions for more information on the center’s safety protocols.

Geisinger, Northwest and The Village at Penn State sponsor the performance.

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