Nashville Children’s Theatre is launching its 80th season, and that is certainly something to get excited about. To kick things off, the company offers a play first produced — with high success — as the season opener in the fall of 2005. Novelist Louis Sachar adapts his own tale of a young man who is sentenced to a juvenile work camp, where detainees are forced to dig holes, trudging along in the blazing heat of the hot desert sun day after day after day. Mystery, suspense and adventure are the watchwords here. (Moviegoers might recall that Shia LaBeouf starred in the 2003 Disney version.) Scot Copeland directed the previous NCT staging, and he returns with a different but equally strong cast, including young veteran Andy Kanies making his company debut in the lead. Other estimable players in the fairly large ensemble include Jon Royal, Shawn Whitsell, Evan Taylor Williams, Ricardo Puerta, Nikkita Staggs, David Compton, Bobby Wyckoff, Rona Carter, Lisa Dunaway and James Rudolph. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Performances on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 feature programming extras. Visit nashvillechildrenstheatre.org for details.