Picks and Pans Review: Musician Stephen Stills My Autistic Son's Star Turn
updated 03/31/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 03/31/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
When Henry Stills was invited to perform in a musical with the Miracle Project, a Los Angeles theater group that includes kids with special needs, "he was ambivalent at best," says his dad, Stephen, 63, of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Adds mom Kristen, 41: "I figured he was not going to engage at all." Turns out Henry (who has Asperger's, a high-functioning form of autism that hinders social interaction) thrived in the creative environment. So did the four other autistic children whose rehearsals, home lives and performance (which they helped script) appear in the documentary. "People will really be able to learn from it," says Stephen. "They're just kids. Watching them, it's like, 'We're gonna do the school play!' Some wander off, some are loud, and it's just wonderful."