Before all of this
coronavirus started, our Acting Club at Liberty Intermediate School began
writing a play based on the novel “Holes,” written by Louis Sachar. We were
intending to perform it at both LIS and Chesterton High School, and while
everyone in our club helped to write the manuscript while school was still
in session, it was difficult to continue meeting during the pandemic.
When we realized we
were not going back to school, we sent a letter to Mr. Sachar, the author,
and he gave us permission to do a radio broadcast of “Holes.” From then on,
we kept working on our scenes and giving people parts in Google Meet
sessions. We would shoot at least seven scenes a day but sometimes even
more! Being a part of it was like being part of a community.
And now the months
of hard work have finally finished, and we would like to ask if you would
listen to our production: at 8 a.m., again at 5 p.m., and once more at 8
p.m. Thursday, July 2, on WDSO, 88.3 FM.
Here is a sneak
peak at “Holes.”
When a pair of
tennis shoes falls into Stanley Yelnats’ hands, he thinks it’s his lucky
day. Boy, is he wrong!
Maybe the curse on
his great-great-grandfather Stanley Yelnats was real and carried over to
THIS Stanley Yelnats. Just as young Stanley is walking home the cops arrest
him, and he’s sent to Camp Green Lake for bad boys. Will Stanley be able to
prove his innocence? Or is he doomed to dig holes in the desert for the rest
of his childhood life? And what are they all digging for anway?
Listen to find out,
at 8 a.m., 5 p.m, and 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, on WDSO.
Our Acting Club’s
first radio broadcast would not have been possible without several people.
We would like to thank the author, Mr. Louis Sachar, who not only took the
time to email us back but gave us permission to do a radio broadcast. He
even told us it was a great idea! We certainly hope he keeps writing books
for us to read.
The sound effects
we used were free from the Soundsnap website.
Thanks to Mr.
Guernsey, our principal, and the Duneland administration for allowing us to
have our Acting Club. Thanks to the families who picked us up from school
(when we were there and had our after-school practices). Thanks to those who
helped write the script and attend practices, even if you couldn’t be on the
Thanks to our two
sixth-grade mentors, Mara Huneryager and Lila Miller, who helped fill parts.
Thanks to Kira Lopez, who joined us as an honorary member.
Thanks to Mrs.
Bridget Martinson for advertising help. Thanks to the Chesterton Tribune
for promoting us. Thanks to Mr. Matt Waters at WDSO, who walked us through
the recording process and helped lead us to Mrs. Janna Carney for technical
And finally a big
thank you to Mrs. Petro for making this possible!
We appreciate the
help of each and every member of the Acting Club, and we hope to show you an
on-stage performance when school resumes. The cast:
-- Abby Courtright:
Madame Zeroni, X-Ray, the Other Lady, the Voice, and Mrs. Morengo.
-- Emma Dobson:
Myra, Zero’s Mom/Mrs. Zeroni, and Mrs. Livingston.
-- Alana Hernandez:
Narrator, the Bus Driver, and Armpit.
DePasquale: Stanley Yelnats, aka Caveman; the Warden; and the Captain.
-- Mara Huneryager:
Elya, Zero, the Sheriff, the Attorney General, and Stanley’s Mom.
-- Kira Lopez:
*Lila Miller: Mr.
Pendanski, Squid, and Mr. Yelnats.
-- Jeremy Schmidt:
Igor, Sam, and Charles.
-- Ashley Stansy:
Miss Katherine turned into Kissin’ Kate Barlow, Zig-Zag, and Judge.
-- Catie Wellensiek:
Magnet and Extra.
-- Brayden Woods:
Myra’s Father, Police Officer, Mr. Sir, and Clyde Livingston.