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The Homecoming

by Perry Clark

based on a novel by Earl Hammer Jr

December 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 1991

Plank Road School

The time is the Great Depression and the large Spencer family, living at the foot of a Virginia mountain, is struggling hard just to survive. With his father having to take the only available job a long way from home, Clay-Boy is stuck with unusual responsibility for his brothers and sisters. Just reaching manhood, Clay-Boy has a secret yearning that's quite extraordinary for the practical, earth-bound community in which he lives. He wants to write! Such foolishness is utterly foreign to his hardworking father, who tells him to prepare to become a responsible manóto build a home and raise a family. Clay-Boy could explode with frustration at his inability to communicate with this man that he admires most. He is also worried because his father is already long overdue in getting home. In the climax, the father makes itójust as they are in despair about him. He brings a special gift for his son, a gift that reveals unexpected understanding and the strength of a loving family.







Production Staff


Tom Zuehlke

Stage Manager

Mary Jo Resop

Set Designer

Mary Jo Resop

Tom Zuehlke

Lighting Designer

Bob Kafka

Costume Crew

Donna Kay Kohls

Barbara Lynch

Sound Crew

Mark Horaitis

Prop Crew

Maxwell Shadd

Lighting Crew

Keith Schmitz

Make Up Lisa Hajek
Hair Stylist Lisa Hajek
Choir Director Judy Tarbox


Mary Weber

Graphic Designer

Tamara Mintken

Set Construction

Christy Davis

Tina Davis

Jan Hansen-Schmitt

Deann Horack

Bob Kafka

Joe Kinosian

Mary Jo Resop

Chris Schmitt

Maxwell Shadd

Paul Sheehan

Tye Wellington

Tom Zuehlke



Eugene Nick Nieskes  
Ben Gant Hunter Adams  
Mrs. Pert Donna Kay Kohls  
Helen Gant Renee Dudley  
Hugh Bill Daniel  
Eliza Denise Foster  
Will Richard Lewein  
Jake Joe Ferrie  
Mrs. Clatt Georgia Pappanastos  
Florry Lydia Lowery  
Mrs. Snowden Evvie Smith  
Miss Brown Nancy Wagner  
Mr. Farrel Keith Schmitz  
Laura Nancy Hucke  
W.O. Gant Bill Kaiser  
Dr. Maguire Victor White  
Tarkington Paul Sheehan  
Madam Elizabeth Judy Tarbox  
Luke Matthew Eells  


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