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The Homecoming (musical)
The Homecoming (musical)
Based on the book by Earl Hamner, Jr., and the play by Christopher Sergel. Music and Lyrics by Evelyn Swensson.

Cast: 20 to 30 or more. (Optional extras include townspeople and churchgoers.) This captivating Christmas musical based on the book by Earl Hamner, Jr., (creator of The Waltons television series) and the play by Christopher Sergel is brimming with appropriate period music and lyrics by Evelyn Swensson. The story takes place on Dec. 24, 1933, in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where Olivia and her children are preparing for Christmas and waiting for Daddy to come home. They sing as they make "Applesauce Cake" and listen to Grandpa and Grandma tell about the Depression in "Hard Times." Clay-Boy tries to be like his daddy in "My Father, Clay Spencer" and Becky, frustrated with household chores, sings and dances a flapper number, "When I Grow Up." The whole family trims the tree to a rousing polka, "Let's Have a Merry Christmas." Clay-Boy goes looking for his father at the pool hall ("Pool Hall Blues"); at Mr. Dooly's church where a Christmas pageant is in progress accompanied by a choir and children singing spirituals; and at the Staples' home where Miss Etta sings a wistful waltz about "Ashley Longworth" who once kissed her. Clay Spencer arrives home at midnight with his arms full of gifts and his heart full of love and joy for his family and friends in "Christmas Ev'ry Day of My Life." On hearing these songs for the first time, Earl Hamner said, "I had already fallen in love with the lyrics and I feel the same way about the melodies. The music is everything I could wish for." Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes.

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Music Samples
TitleMP3
Applesauce Cake
When I Grow Up
My Father, Clay Spencer
You Don't Understand
Let Tomorrow Take Care of Itself
Hard Times
Let's Have a Merry Christmas
Backwoods Robin Hood
Pool Hall Blues
Pretty Little Baby - O Holy Night
Ashley Longworth
The Friendly Beasts
God Only Knows
Christmas Ev'ry Day of My Life



Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  H06
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  75
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  110 min.
Categories
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Holiday
ISBN (10): 0871298457
Biographies

May 7, 1918 - May 7, 1993
President of Dramatic Publishing 1970 - 1993

Christopher Sergel's interests and talents led him on many adventures throughout the world. As captain of the schooner Chance, he spent two years in the South Pacific; as a writer for Sports Afield magazine, he lived in the African bush for a year; as a lieutenant ...More
Evelyn Swensson,composer/lyricist/playwright, has conducted over 80 productions-30 for OperaDelaware at Wilmington's Grand Opera House. As Director of OD's Family Theater, she has commissioned and conducted many new works including The Boy Who Grew Too Fast by Gian Carlo Menotti, A Wrinkle in Time by Libby Larsen,and The Phantom Tollbooth by Harnick/Black/Juster.

Her career as a composer began in 1993 with ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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