Upcoming Audition: “The Homecoming”

The Lionheart Theatre Company is holding open auditions for our December 2021 production of “The Homecoming,” a Christmas play that inspired the classic TV program “The Waltons.”

This production will be directed by Perry McWilliams.

We are holding open auditions for 22 actors for this production. No appointments necessary. Non-equity.

Please note that these roles are non-paying.

PLEASE NOTE: All cast members, directors and backstage crew are now required to have received the COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in Lionheart productions. Regarding youth actors for this production, Lionheart will update our policy regarding their vaccination status as information becomes available.

Audition Dates:
– Sunday, October 10th at 6:30 PM
– Monday, October 11th at 7 PM

 –Call backs (if needed) on Tuesday, October 12th at 7 PM

Audition Location:
Lionheart Theatre
10 College Street
Norcross, GA 30071

 What to Prepare:
Actors auditioning need to bring a current picture or headshot that we may keep and a resume (if available). Actors will be cold reading from the script. Please be prepared to list all conflicts between October 7th and the dates of the show, including weekends.

Show Dates:
December 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19

Read Through Date:
Thursday, October 14th at 7 pm. A full rehearsal schedule will be available at that time.

Synopsis of “The Homecoming”
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! Will Clay-Boy’s father make it home in time to celebrate the holidays?


The Spencer Family:

  • Clay Spencer is the patriarch of the Spencer family. Clay only sees his family on the weekends because he travels 30 miles each week to work at a factory in a neighboring town. Clay is a practical man who dreams of building his wife’s dream home with his own hands.
  • Olivia Spencer is the matriarch of the Spencer family. Olivia
  • Clay-Boy Spencer is the protagonist/narrator of our show and the oldest of the 8 Spencer children. With Clay Sr. traveling throughout the week for work, Clay-Boy assumes the role as man-of-the-house more often than a young man would like to. Clay aspires to attend college and become a writer.

The Spencer Children:

  • Matt Spencer
  • Becky Spencer
  • Mark
  • Shirley
  • Luke
  • John
  • Pattie Cake

Grandpa Homer and Grandma Ida are Olivia’s father and mother who spend Christmas Eve with their grandchildren. 

Birdshot is a homeless man and close friend of the Spencer family. 

City Lady is a townsperson responsible for handing out toys to the children on Christmas Eve and for spreading some good ole fashioned holiday cheer

Charlie Sneed is a friend of the Spencer family who provides them with a Turkey to eat on Christmas Day

Sheriff is the local law enforcer who helps Clay-Boy on his journey

Ike Godsey is the owner and bartender of the local pool hall

Rev. Dooly is the minister of a predominantly Black church (Rev. Dooly has a small acapella singing solo)

Young Mary and Joseph are the stars of the Christmas Eve service performed at Rev. Dooly’s church

Emma and Etta Staples are a pair of spinster sisters on the Mountain who are famously known for producing and distributing their father’s secret moonshine recipe.

Questions? Email the director at pm01884@gmail.com


If you’ve been interested in diving into the acting world, then our auditions in Norcross are the perfect opportunity for you! At Lionheart Theatre, we put on a new production almost every month, and each month is different. You’ll have the chance to try your hand at a number of varying roles.

Lionheart Theatre Company is always looking for new faces to join our continuously growing acting family. Your level of experience doesn’t matter as long as you’re willing to learn and have fun. The right attitude can bring out the best in actors, experienced or not. We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs to audition.

The best way to prepare for auditions is to know your character. Yes, memorizing lines is important, but understanding who you are portraying is what turns a good actor into something great. Take the time to sit down and research your character. What’s their background? What motivates them? How do they change throughout the play? As you learn more, try to apply this knowledge to your lines.

You can also work on your lines with a friend or family member. Don’t just read the lines aloud; try to make them come to life. Exaggerate your emotions, and keep your facial expressions in mind. If you can find a way to connect with the character, don’t be afraid to let it show! All of these efforts will translate well into your audition.

Lastly, be sure to work on your confidence. Every actor starts somewhere, so even if you have no experience at all, walk into your audition with your head held high. Chances are, doing so will help you shake some of those audition nerves.