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Millions of Americans grew up watching The Waltons TV show. From the stalwart mother of eight, Olivia, to her hardworking but loving, salt-of-the earth husband, Clay, and all eight children in between, this family feels like everyone’s family. Told from the point of view of fifteen-year-old Clay-Boy Spencer, this sweet play takes us on a snowy Christmas Eve journey up the mountain for a hemlock tree. Along the way, we stop at Miss Etta and Miss Emma’s for some “recipe,” we tiptoe out to the barn to eavesdrop on Chance the Talking Cow … and we witness many more things real, charitable, and magical on this Great Depression night to inspire us today.
When Clay Spencer fails to arrive home at the expected hour on Christmas Eve of 1933, his family grows concerned. While Clay-boy’s seven brothers and sisters and his mother keep vigil, he goes in search of his father. But on his journey through the snowbound Virginia hills, the boy experiences a series of hazardous, touching, and hilarious adventures.
Finally, at midnight, when all hope for him has been abandoned, Clay Spencer provides a surprising climax to the story, and in a single moment, illuminates the triumph of the human spirit. Rich with life that rings true, filled with nostalgia, laughter and tears, “The Homecoming” is a warm and wonderful piece of American popular culture.