'Celeste' features a main character with autism - KTVA.com - Anchorage, Alaska
Building a rocket to friendship, and using humor to explain Asperger’s Syndrome in the play, “Celeste.” Asperger’s is on the higher end of the autism spectrum and affects a person’s social interactions, among other things. Katey Hoffman, the actor who plays the title character, said besides that, the production has a strong anti-bullying message.
“It’s about celebrating our differences,” she added. Hoffman went on to say that it shows to not make fun of people who think differently.
According to the Alaska Junior Theater, which is putting on the play, “Celeste” is recently diagnosed with Asperger’s and is noticing she is having trouble making friends. Celeste concludes that she must be from another planet so she builds a rocket ship to go back to her home planet. Along the way she meets and befriends a new boy in school who tags along and follows how the pair’s friendship grows.
The production will be performed in various schools around Anchorage, but there will be a public viewing Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Discovery Theatre. It starts at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at CenterTix.net.
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