Hershey Area Playhouse Announces Auditions for The Homecoming

HERSHEY, Pa., August 20, 2019 – Hershey Area Playhouse is holding auditions for its 2019 Christmas show, The Homecoming.


Auditions will be held Friday, September 20 at 7pm and Sunday, September 22 at noon. Children are encouraged to come on Sunday at noon if possible. For actors unable to make those times, please contact the director Marcie Warner at [email protected] to schedule an appointment for Monday, September 23 beginning at 7 p.m.


NOTE TO PARENTS:  Your child's participation is dependent on your willingness to support them and the production throughout the rehearsal process and production.  You will be asked to contribute your time to ensure a safe and productive environment and a successful performance experience for all.  Also, the children cast as Spencers may need to temporarily color their hair.


Character Descriptions: (ages listed are “playing ages”)


Clay Boy Spencer – 18; Eldest son of Olivia and Clay and Narrator of the play


Olivia Spencer – mid to late 30s- early 40s; his Mother – strong and sensitive


Clay Spencer – 40s; husband of Olivia and father of 8; an honest “look ‘em in the eye” man


Matt Spencer – 16; second eldest son


Becky Spencer – 15; eldest daughter, known to cuss and stir up trouble


Mark Spencer – 13; middle son


Shirley Spencer – 11; middle daughter (described in novel as a “Shirley Temple”)


Luke Spencer – 10; second youngest son


John Spencer – 9; youngest son


Pattie Cake Spencer – 8; youngest daughter; truly the baby of the family


Grandpa Homer – mid to late 60s; sturdy mountain folk


Grandma Ida – mid to late 60’s; Homer’s wife


Birdshot – 18-early 20s; obliging, “not-too-bright” friend of the Spencers; lives hand-to-mouth


Charlie Sneed – 35-40+; kind hearted game poacher


City Lady – 30-50; charitable dispenser of gifts to the poor


Sheriff – 40-50; local lawman


Ike Godsey – 40-50; runs the local restaurant/pool hall/bar


Rev. Dooly – 35-50; local minister


Young “Mary” and “Joseph” – 8; briefly appear in the church’s Christmas program


Miss Emma Staples – 60+; elderly spinster and maker of “the Recipe”


Miss Etta Staples – 60+; her spinster sister (dreams of Ashley Longworth)


Directed by Marcie Warner, The Homecoming is a heartwarming family story from Earl Hamner Jr.’s novel, to the teleplay, to the stage (adapted by Christopher Sergel), the story takes place one Christmas Eve in 1933.  The Spencer family ("Walton" in the TV series) awaits the return of their father who has found scarce available work many miles from home.  With anxious anticipation, his eight children and their mother prepare for Christmas with the uncertainty of their father and husband’s return in the midst of a winter snow storm. The eldest son, who also narrates the tale, is sent out to find his father, encountering many of the town’s characters, as well as some revelations about them, himself, and the man for whom he is searching.  It is a perfect “get you in the mood for the holidays” experience that will be sure to please Playhouse audiences.  


Performances of The Homecoming will be held December 5-8 and 12-15, 2018 at the Playhouse.  Additional audition information is available on the Playhouse’s website,