"A Lesson Before Dying"
Bilal F. Salahuddin (Grant Wiggins) is a senior majoring in Computer Information Science. He has worked for Professor Brooks III in over eleven productions. He gives thanks and praise to the most high for his abilities. He will become a famous trendsetter entertainer, "changing one live performance at a time."
Joshua Williams (Jefferson) is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He is a freshman at Benedict College and is majoring in Social Work. He began acting at a very young age at home in Detroit. He was a member of the internationally acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theatre. This is his second production with Mr. Brooks. Joshua would like to continue acting during and after college.
Sandra Elaine Thomas (Miss Emma) is supported by her daughter, Daija, and husband, Charles Dodd. Sandra is making a stage debut and is finally going back to her first love of the theatre. A South Carolina native, Sandra has worked for the city of Columbia for almost 18 years. She thanks God for this experience and her sister, Mary-ann Williams, for introducing her to the theatre.
Leroy F. Bennett (Reverend Ambrose) is a 2003 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development. He has performed with the Union Baptist Church Ministry in "June Tenth." This is his fifth production with the theatre ensemble. Previous works include; "Five on the Black Hand Side," Life and Death on the Plantation, Dream Girls, and the Wiz. He is thrilled to work with Professor Brooks III and perform for the Benedict Community.
Alaceyia Tra' nae Stubbs (Vivian Baptise) is a freshman at Benedict College and is majoring in Accounting. She was born on July 10, 1989 and raised in Macon, Georgia, the daughter of the lovely Rhonda Stubbs. Her passion includes dancing of all sorts, acting, and reading novels. She aspires to meet new people in drama and live life to the fullest. This is her second production with Mr. Brooks III. Her first was The Wiz, but she is no stranger to the theatre. She hopes that many will grow from this production and leave believing in themselves.
Charles Dodd (Sheriff Sam Guidry) wants to give his greatest blessings to his family, Sandra Elaine Thomas and Daija Thomas. He is proud to be an example of community service and associated with this wonderful group of talented actors and actresses. His participation exemplifies a commitment to humanitarian projects promoting community literacy.
Keith T. Mills (Paul) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is 22 years old and grew up in a single parent household with his mother and younger brother. Keith is attending Benedict College because he needed a change from the environmental forces in his community. He is majoring in History and has a strong interest in acting, writing and filmmaking.
Janine Kittie Smalls (Wardrobe Director) is a poet, artist, and resident of Columbia, South Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She also has an associate degree in management. She is a retired veteran security police officer, United States Air Force. She has appeared in "Jericho Jim Crow" by Langston Hughes. She graduated from W.J. Keenan High School in 1979. She studied voice with Shirley Scurry in music and dance studios in the late 1970's. Also, Mrs. Smalls is a former member of the late "Evelyn Rush Gospel Singers" in the 1980s.
Shay Wilson (Stage Manager) is originally from Beech Island, South Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. She appeared in "Dreamgirls" at Benedict College in 2006. This is her first stage production project. Her roles, both on the stage and behind the scenes, serve as milestones in her growth as a theatre professional.