By Anna McFall
The current production for Trussville’s community theatre is looking to be a popular family event. According to ACTA’s Dianne Adams, the opening night saw a packed house. There is still time to see the latest production, with shows being performed Dec
. 9 and 14-16. Friday and Saturday performances will be held at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
Earl Hamner’s play is wonderful for the entire family. Based on the book that inspired the heartwarming TV series The Waltons, “The Homecoming” is the story of a large family, living at the foot of a Virginia mountain, struggling hard just to survive during the Great Depression. With his father working a long way from home, Clay-Boy is responsible for his brothers and sisters. Clay-Boy wants to be a writer but his hard-working father wants him to become a responsible man and build a home and raise a family.
The cast of the play includes: Daniel Prill, cast as Clay Boy Spencer, Laura Garrett as Olivia Spencer and Ron Landry as Clay Spencer. Additional cast members are: Taylor Hively (Matthew Spencer), Zachary Garrett (Luke Spencer), Ethan Finnegan (John Spencer), Payton Tice (Pattie Cake Spencer), Nicole Thomas (Becky Spencer), Mattie Kat Holmes (Shirley Spencer), Rachel Cartwright (Elizabeth Spencer), Lavell Galloway (Rev. Dooley), Ed Potts (Grandpa Homer/Ike), Dawn Allen(Grandma Ida), Tim Cain (Sheriff), Lonzell Wilson (Charlie Sneed), Judy Wilson (Miss Etta), Suzannah Hively (Miss Emma), and Heather Holmes (City Lady). Joanna Garrett, Karlee Norton and Courtney Thomas are in the charity ensemble and church choir members. Also in the cast are Sabina Burkhead, Emma Sewell, Maddie Sewell, Anna Claire Holmes, Logan Brown and Taylor Thomas as the poor children and are also in the nativity scene.
Tickets are $l2 for adults; $10 for senior adults (55 and older); and $8 for students (thru college.) Tickets are paid for at the door by check or cash.
The theatre is located at 225 Parkway Drive in Trussville and is handicap accessible. Refreshments are sold for a nominal fee. See www.ACTATheater.com or call 655-3902 for directions and other information, including future auditions and plays.