Powerful Performances Resonate in Moving Production of “A Raisin in the Sun”

“A Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry, is the story of an African-American family, the Youngers, from Chicago’s Southside, and their pursuit of the “American Dream”—home-ownership. Featuring a cast of talented actors from Belmont Hill and Winsor School, this poignant and groundbreaking story takes on themes of family dynamics, black culture, and the systemic racism of the early 1950s.
“Our decision to remain true to Hansberry’s script enabled the actors to fully embody the mindsets of characters who are living through a time-period of sharp racial divides, social unrest, segregation, and changing attitudes about gender roles, all issues that remain relevant in our own times,” noted Jean Robison, Belmont Hill School’s director of theater. “Each character in ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ fights for his or her dream. The goal of this production was to inspire others to fight against racism and discrimination in all forms.”
Special thanks and recognition of their talents and commitment were given to seniors Donavan Payne and Macdony Charles who have been involved in the theater program at Belmont Hill throughout their time at the School.

Belmont Hill School boys involved in the cast of this extraordinary performance included: Justin Santana ’21, Donavan Payne ’18, Macdony Charles ’18, Tim Brown ’20, and Matt Travaglini ’21.
The production crew included;
Light Board Operator: Ryan Bradley ’20
Sound board operator: Jack Henehan ’20
Booth Manager: Mr. Duarte
Set Design and Construction: Ms. Kaplan, Luke Hogan ’22, and Howard Huang ’22 
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