The third-grade student at A Closer Look Academy in McDonough will star in “A Raisin in the Sun,” a play written by the late playwright Lorraine Hansberry, at the 14th Street Playhouse May 12.
Two shows will be held May 12, one at 1 p.m. and another at 6 p.m.
All tickets are $35.
“A Raisin in the Sun” follows an African-American family, the Youngers, on the south side of Chicago through the perils of a $10,000 insurance check.
The family battles over what will be the best use of the money for the duration of the play.
Cooney will play the role of Travis, the youngest son of the family. This role will be his first role in a major production.
Cooney’s first exposure to the world of acting was an acting camp his mother put him in.
His love for being on the stage has led him to his newest role.
“I auditioned for the play sometime in February and got the part the first week of March,” he said. “I was excited.”
He identifies with the character he is playing because he sees a lot of similarities in their personalities.
“Travis is fun,” he said. “He is kind of like me with the way he talks.”
Leading up to the performances, Cooney said practices are two hours long in the evening.
As the date gets closer, practices will increase to three hours in the evening.
He is looking forward to the play.
“I don’t get nervous,” he said. “I like the crowd a lot and performing in front people and getting to entertain them.”
14th Street Playhouse is at 173 14 Street Playhouse in Atlanta.