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Students learn about autism from visiting performer

ST. FRANCIS – A Branson performer brought Neil Diamond to life in a tribute show that was part of the Western Plains Arts Association series.

Keith Allynn was a versatile performer who also shared with the audience about his challenges with Asperger syndrome.

At a presentation for high school students the next morning, Allynn did a wide array of impersonations and sang songs. The students also got to enjoy a song performed by his 16-year-old son. Allynn shared with the students about his autism and how it had been an obstacle in his early life and relationships, but that he managed to deal with it successfully later on. His performance was both entertaining and educational.