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 late February/early March 2019, I took two groups of friends with disabilities to see The King and I. This year Inspiring Hope Ministries had a workshop where we learned the song "Getting To Know You" and we performed it at a reception for the play.Show More
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.Show More
Here is our group. (Click to see larger)
In March 2018, I took new groups and friends with their helpers to attend attend American in Paris at the Overture Center.Show More
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)
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.
In October 2016, AHTAFI took 56 people from both the MHS Transition program and LOV- Dane to see Cinderella.Show More
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.
In June 2016, Alex 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 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." After the show Alex got to meet Joseph (Ace Young) and the Narrator (Diana DeGarmo)
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.Show More
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)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 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.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.