Theatre Students find a Part of Themselves in A Raisin in the Sun
Dreyfoos seniors Cameron Jackson and Tierra McClendon are in the midst of rehearsals for the upcoming Theatre Department production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Both Cameron and Tierra are musical theatre performance majors and have graced the stage of Meyer Hall on more than one occasion.
In A Raisin in the Sun, each member of the Younger family dreams of a better life, but domestic and generational conflict arises when differing views emerge on how to achieve that goal. This poignant, classic story explores upward mobility in pursuit of the American dream, a theme as relevant today as it was when A Raisin in the Sun was first produced over fifty years ago.
Tierra will be performing the roll of Beneatha Younger, a strong willed, open minded, educated young black woman who wants to steer away from traditional female rolls and dreams of becoming a doctor. When Ms. McClendon talked to the Foundation Board of Directors earlier this month she explained how she was born to play this roll, “I am also a strong willed, independent, young black woman and I want to make a difference in the world…I am just as passionate as Beneatha is”.
Mr. Jackson has been involved in theatre since he was eleven years old and was most recently seen on stage as Oberon in the Theatre Department’s production of Midsummer last spring. Cameron will be performing the roll of Walter Lee Younger, the protagonist of the play; he is a dreamer who is struggling to better himself and his family. Cameron said he can relate to his character because of his “intense passion and drive to achieve his goals and make his dreams a reality”.
As these talented young stars look to the future they have big dreams of attending some of the top colleges in the nation. Tierra hopes to attend a Florida university where she can still study theatre while preparing for a career in law; she has her eyes on FSU, UF, FAU, FAMU and Bethune-Cookman. Mr. Jackson is planning on a career in theatre and is applying to the Musical Theatre programs at NYU, University of the Arts and Point Park University.