Louis Sachar’s award winning play “Holes” is the current main stage production at Lakewood Playhouse. The story takes place at the “Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Center” in Texas. The camp Warden believes a buried treasure is located somewhere beneath the camp. Keeping the treasure a secret, the Warden has the youthful detainees constantly digging “Holes” under the premise of building character.
Poisonous spotted lizards, an ancient curse, racism and gunshots add to the drama of the story. The Walt Disney company made Sachar’s play into a highly successful movie in 2003. The play is considered suitable for children ages 7 and up.
Opening night attendee Jo Ethel Smith (above, right) of Lakewood was totally taken by the “powerful messages” contained in the play. Smith noted that the hope for a better future and the sincere caring displayed among the youthful detainees was a joy to watch. “Their courage and desire to help each other will lift your spirits”, Smith said.
First time Playhouse guest, Floyd Collins (above, left), echoed Smith’s comments and was amazed at the effectiveness of “presenting the play in the round”. “I felt like I was in Camp Green Lake the whole time”, Collins continued.
Smith and Collins also thought the costumes and sound effects really added to the story.
“Holes” is continuing at the Lakewood Playhouse through Sunday, November 11. Performances on Friday and Saturday start at 8 pm. Sunday performances start at 2 pm. Reservations can be made by calling the Box Office at 253-588-0042 between 1 and 6 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets and information are also available online at www.lakewoodplayhouse.org.
Submitted by Phil Raschke