Kids with autism take the stage in Dr. Phillips Center play

By Allison Walker Torres, Entertainment Reporter/Anchor
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 01, 2017, 7:15 PM EDT

Ivan Negron is about to debut his new play. He's stoked.

"[But] it's best not to get too carried away," he said, cracking up the room.

Negron, 22, is on the autism spectrum. He helped create a play about Scooby Doo and a ghost bride that stars other kids with special needs.

"As the hours went by," he explained, referring to the plot, "the bride realized what everybody suspected: her husband-to-be has skipped out!"

Dana Brazil -- Dr. Phillips Center's Education Director -- is also the show director. She helped write the play with Negron and Alice Smetheram.

"I don't ever ask why they're here, like, what's wrong with them, what type of autism, or what is their disability," Brazil said. "I don't see them as having any disabilities."

The Dr. Phillips Center and OCA - a Special Place for Special Needs in Winter Park is partnering in this program, one meant to include everyone.

"So they have the chance to experience something so meaningful -- expression! -- and that can contribute to the wellness of their everyday life," said Dr. Phillips Center President & CEO Kathy Ramsberger.

"I dream of these things," said OCA Executive Director Silvia Haas. "It's beyond my dream. They make me proud."

The play is called "Scooby DOOCA - The Ghost Bride."

The performance is this Friday at 2 p.m. in the DeVos Room inside the Dr. Phillips Center.

It's free and open to the public.