Autism musical "Day After Day" continues to rock New Jersey

Every 20 minutes a family hears that their child is diagnosed with autism.

In New Jersey, the Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) organization addresses critical issues, offers free workshops and is currently presenting a musical, “Day After Day,” in six locations statewide.

Their efforts to educate as many people as possible about autism are unmatched in the state. The musical is just one of their many tools used to help the public.

The closing performance will be held at the Two River Theatre, Red Bank, on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.

The show opened on Feb. 28 at Veterans Memorial Middle School, Brick.

According to POAC Director of Public Relations Michael Finley, it was a sold-out show and people were turned away at the door. Reception has been just as enthusiastic, if not overwhelming, since.

Written and directed by 23-year-old Steve Allen, “Day After Day” echoes the urgency of the Broadway musical “RENT.”

I attended opening night and was blown away. Not only is the cast extremely talented, but what Allen did with them is just phenomenal.

The piece of art that he has created sends one of the most imperative messages I’ve heard in a while: Even though many of us are different, we all have the capability to love and be loved. Despite the indifference and through all the pain, we can never give up hope.

There weren’t many dry eyes in the house.

Tickets for “Day After Day” are $15 per person or $12.50 for POAC members.

For more information about the organization, the free training workshops or the musical, visit POAC’s Web site.

To order tickets for “Day After Day,” call (732) 888-1000.

To preview songs from the rock musical, visit: www.myspace.com/dayafterdayrockopera.com.

PHOTO: A scene from “Day After Day” taken on opening night. (Melissa L. Gaffney)

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