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New Play Seeks To Show What Life Is Like For Those With Autism And Special Needs


Thousands attend a play in Pittsburg centered around Autism and life with special needs. The play is called 'Snowflakes,' and put on by Pittsburg High School's Theater Department. 

This week students at Pittsburg High School are performing the play Snowflakes in an effort to shine light on autism and other special needs. And this year's Prom King Bryce Commons was there to lend a helping hand, by recording a video of himself to show students a little more about his life with autism.

"I feel happy, and very proud," he said in the video.
It's the eighth year students at the High School have chosen a play about social issues. Topics have ranged from eating disorders, to prescription pill addiction and now autism. Theater Teacher Greg Shaw says it's important to get these issues out of the hallways and onto center stage.

"Starting the conversation is really our goal, we're not experts, we're trying to use theater in an instructive way," Shaw said.

And for Bryce's family this year's topic really hit home. They say it's exciting not only to see Bryce shine, but to allow classmates and the community to stop and think about what Bryce's world is like.
"Get inside Bryce's head and why he has his melt downs if the littlest thing is pushed out of place, and it's just going to open up a lot of eyes and put things in perspective for a lot of people," said Bryce's sister Emily Commons.

Exactly what playwright Debbie Lamedman was hoping for when she wrote the play. To show that each person with Autism is unique, just like snowflakes.

"They're given so many gifts, and that's what I want people to take away from this play, don't shy away or shun them, go up and introduce yourself," Lamedman said.
And as for Bryce his mom says he is on cloud nine, excited to share his world with the Four State, and his best friend Selena Gomez.

"I'm having a good time," he said.

If you are interested in seeing "Snowflakes," performances continue tomorrow.
For a link to the USD 250 website, click here.
For a link to memorial auditorium, click here.  

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