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.

Les MisérablesLes Misérables

In April 2018, I took friends from Madison West Highschool and Lov Dane with their helpers to attend Les Misérables. Afterwards several of the actors came to talk with us. It was very inspiring as they shared what the story meant to them.

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Here is our group. (Click to see larger)

Les Misérables Group

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American In ParisAmerican in Paris

In March 2018, I took new groups and friends with their helpers to attend attend American in Paris at the Overture Center.

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Afterwards we had a party and several of the actors came to talk with us and answer questions. We had a great time.

Here is our whole group. (Click to see larger)

American in Paris Group

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Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom of the Opera

In January 2017, I took two groups of friends and encouragers to one of my favorite shows, The Phantom of the Opera. 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.

CinderellaCinderella

In October 2016, AHTAFI took 56 people from both the MHS Transition program and LOV- Dane to see Cinderella.

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We used the “ball” idea to host another reception, this time after the show. The party was enjoyed by all and added to the depth and learning of the theater experience. It was unanimously decided to try to add this feature to all of our events in the future.

ArtWorking Group ArtWorking and Lov Dane Group

Middleton Transition group Middleton Transition Group

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Lion KingThe Lion King

In June 2016, Alex took over 150 friends and encouragers from Middleton's Transiton program, LOV-Dane and ArtWorking to The Lion King.

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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!

ArtWorking Group ArtWorking and Lov Dane Group

Middleton Transition group Middleton Transition Group

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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.

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Group at Overture CenterEveryone from the Cutting Edge program really liked it and had a blast. One person told Alex that it was the best musical ever. Alex had fun too and said, "When the music started playing it felt to me like you were seeing it on Broadway in New York." Ace and DianaAfter the show Alex got to meet Joseph (Ace Young) and the Narrator (Diana DeGarmo)

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Sister ActSister Act

In January 2014, 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.

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Mary PoppinsMary Poppins

In March 2013, 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)

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My FriendsFifty 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 BertWith 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!

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Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast

In December 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.

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Best BuddiesBest 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 Middleton Times articlespecial 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.

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