Since 2011, Alex has taken his friends with disabilities to Broadway shows at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison. For many, its the first time they have seen a theater production and it always proves to be full of magic and joy. Here are some highlights from the shows.
In January 2017 I took two groups of friends and encouragers to one of my favorite shows, The Phantom of the Opera. And I got surprised at the Jan. 29 show when John Sofflets of NCB-15 gave me the January "Making a Difference Award." That was so fun! See the video.
In June 2016 I took over 150 friends and encouragers from Middleton's Transiton program, LOV-Dane and ArtWorking to The Lion King.Show More
This year we were able to take 2 groups and some of the cast chatted with each group after the performance in a "Talk Back." We also had, for the first time, a reception for everyone at the Overture Center before the show. It was great!
In November 2014 Alex took 64 people from Middleton's Transiton program, from the Cutting Edge program, and some AHTAFI encouragers to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.Show More
Everyone from the Cutting Edge program really liked it and had a blast. One of them told Alex that it was the best musical ever. He had a blast too and said, "When the music started playing it felt to me like you were seeing it on Broadway in New York." After the show Alex got to meet Joseph (Ace Young) and the Narrator (Diana DeGarmo)
In 2013, Alex took 36 friends with the "Cutting Edge" program from Edgewood College, including classmates, teachers and new supporters, to see Sister Act at the Overture Center.Show More
In 2012, Alex had his first ever art exhibition. He had the idea to use his art to raise money for the theater arts fund so he could take friends to see Mary Poppins. (See Alex's art website)Show More
Fifty percent of the proceeds from the art show and its products went toward this fund so he would share his love of the arts with his friends. With the money Ihemade from selling art and cards he took 65 friends from "Best Buddies" of Middleton Highschool to see Mary Poppins at the Overture Center for Arts in Madison, WI.
It was alot of fun and Alex got to meet "Bert" (Con O'Shea-Creal) personally after the show. He was Alex's favorite character from the play!
In 2011, Alex received an "I See You" Award from the Zieman Corporation of WI because of his involvement with Best Buddies at Middleton High School.Show More
Best Buddies is an organization dedicated to one-on-one friendships with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With the award money Alex created the Alex Haunty's Theatre & Arts Fund so his classmates with special needs could have access to the arts like he has had. The article from the Middleton Times newspaper talks about when he took his friends to Beauty and the Beast.