Though the crowd was predominantly young, the sentiments were the same as an audience watching the performance of a theater classic.
"A Raisin in the Sun" premiered at the Clarence Brown Theatre on Thursday night.
The play is set in Chicago's South Side in the 1950s. In the first scene, the actors capture the audience on stage and the story that unfolds. The story begins with a family, the widowed Lena Younger, her two children, daughter-in-law and grandson as Lena tries to decide what to do with the insurance check she will receive from her husband's death. Lena wishes to buy a new house for her family to move them into a better living situation and a better life. However, her son, Walter, wishes to use the money to buy a business to make the family rich. As the family searches for the fantastical American Dream, the relationships between them are tried.
Renae Hall, sophomore in human resource management, said she enjoyed the performance.
"I loved the play. I really enjoyed the meaning behind it, and I also thought that the fact that all of the cast was from out of town added a new twist to the play," Hall said.
Hall also shared her favorite aspect of the play.
"My favorite part of the play was when Walter finally became a man at the end of the play, which was when he decided he was not going to sell the house back to the organization," Hall said.
Hall said she believes everyone should come out and see this production.
"It's fantastic, I love it. It is for all ages and races," Hall said. "Even though it is a touchy subject among people, it has an amazing lesson that everyone needs to learn because it can be applied to everyone."
Robin Conklin, marketing director for the Clarence Brown Theatre, said the production team and actors have been working on the play for quite some time.
"We have been working on this play in some form -- planning meetings, set and costume building, and rehearsing -- for about six months," Conklin said.
Conklin said the theater held the play in reflection of Black History Month and the play being a classic in American theatre.
The next showing is Monday at 7:30 p.m. and will continue to be performed through March 10.