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'Holes' Plays This Week At YHS Theater

OAKHURST — The Yosemite High School Theater Arts Department is proud to present “Holes,” a stage version of the award-winning novel and film by Louis Sachar, at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 – 17, in the YHS Performing Arts Center.

The well-loved story follows Stanley, a teenage boy who is supposedly affected by a family “curse,” and has been wrongly accused of stealing the shoes of the baseball player from a charity auction.As punishment for this crime, he is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile facility where convicts are forced to dig holes to “build their character.”

The play traces the sources of the family curse, the adventures of a Western outlaw, and how friendship and perseverance help Stanley overcome adversity and find redemption.

“Holes” stars YHS junior Jacob Caldwell as Stanley Yelnats IV. Caldwell appeared in “Drama Intervention” at YHS last winter and has performed in many other productions.

The cast also features YHS seniors Emma Madsen and Colton Sterling and YHS juniors Lance Litten and Hannah McMechan.

“This is a tricky play because it has many locations, many characters and events intersect in unexpected ways,” says YHS theater arts teacher Lars Thorson. “We had to be very creative to work on a play that includes large holes, trucks, pigs, mountain, guns and lizards, all onstage. It’s been a great challenge.”

“Holes” earned the 1999 Newbury Award for Best Young Adult Novel and was made into a popular Disney film.

“Holes” will be performed at the YHS Theatre Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov.15-17, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. For more information, call 559-683-4667, ext. 256.

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