SUSSEX COUNTY-The Growing Stage Theatre is holding auditions for its upcoming production of Louis Sachar's adaptation of his award-winning novel of Holes. Auditions will take place at 7 p.m., Jan. 3 at the Historic Palace Theatre located on Route 183 in Netcong. Everyone auditioning will be reading from the script. No prepared monologues are required. The one adult male role available is specifically for an African-American actor between the age of 25 to 40. There are three other roles available for men ages 16 and older, either Hispanic or African American. The novel, which won both the prestigious Newberry Award and the National Book Award, has been re-created into a stage version by its author Louis Sachar and makes its New Jersey premiere at the Growing Stage. In the story, Stanley Yelnats IV is falsely accused and condemned of stealing a donation to a local orphanage. As a result he is sent to Camp Green Lake' where, as his punishment by order of the warden, he is forced to dig large holes in the desert each day. In reality, what the Warden is really trying to do is find a buried treasure. The plot thickens when Stanley and his friend Zero escape. Told through flashbacks of both Stanley's family this stage adaptation faithfully re-creates the suspense, humor and tragedy found in the pages of the original work. The production of Holes opens Jan. 28 and runs to Feb. 13, with performances Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. The production is under the direction of Stephen L. Fredericks. For additional information please call (973) 347-4946 or www.growingstage.com.