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Campus Inn holds play in honor of Veterans Day

The Campus Inn Theater held a profound play for two nights in honor of Veterans Day entitled “Pump Room 111.”

The play was held on Nov. 14 and 15 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Gabriel Castro, the director of “Pump Room 111”, created a wonderful masterpiece as the storyline was heartfelt throughout.

“Pump Room 111” also featured an amazing cast and managed to capture the feel of the hardships people went through during Pearl Harbor.

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The play takes place during the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 and is based on true events during the difficult times encountered aboard battleship USS West Virginia.

Gabriel Ortiz played Mike, one of the Pearl Harbor survivors and main sailors in the play.

Mike was the only one out of his three other friends who survived the attack on the USS West Virginia.

Mike tries to cope with that grief with his girlfriend Linda (played by Turner Lynch).

Buddy (Apolo Ayala), Cliff (Brian Santana), and Ron (Marco Carreon), were the three Sailors trapped below the decks of their sunken ship.

The three men were very positive about being found and making it out alive.

However as the days passed, it became difficult to think for the best and they all wore down and gave up hope.

The three sailors trapped in the USS West Virginia survived a whole sixteen days trapped in Pump Room 111.

Ortiz did an amazing job displaying how heartbroken he was over the passing of his friends and how much he didn’t want to give up looking for them.

Ayala, Santana, and Carreon, conveyed such emotion packed scenes as the three men showed much pain, hurt, and strength.

It was incredible how real it felt as the actors definitely had the emotions and acting required for the play.

By the time the play was over, almost half of the audience was wiping tears away.

“Pump Room 111” reminded the audience the pain sailors went through during the devastating time of Pearl Harbor and was yet another inspiring play in honor of the heroic veterans who fought to protect our country.

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