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Harmony Theater, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Theater

Mission: The Harmony Theater mission is to create, support, and offer opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities as members of Harmony Theater, Inc, so that they may participate in performing arts activities as an avenue for self expressino, social interaction and community engagement.

Results: We are proud of our most recent accomplishments: - the actors’ performance of their 15th concert and 25th musical - the purchase of a stage with ramp, production audio and visual equipment resulting in enhanced technical quality for actors and improved artistic experience for audience - the increase in community impact and awareness as evidenced in our ticket sales, sold out performances, and overall increased revenue - the improved relationship with our facility host, Church of the Messiah - the increase in actor participation to improve our mission as evidenced in our sales of their hand made products to fund our actor scholarship - the creation of a structured donation program, Angel Donors - increased funds through grant awards

Target demographics: adults with developmental disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50

Geographic areas served: Montgomery County, PA and serve the 5-county southeastern region

Programs: a creative performance environment which enriches the lives of adults with developmental disabilities. The theater produces two yearly events including a Fall Concert that features the vocal talents of our participants and a Spring Musical which combines the actors’ acting, vocal, and dancing abilities. Through weekly Saturday rehearsals, activities, and events, Harmony Theater participants enjoy a safe, nurturing, creative environment where they can build friendships, transition into adult social life, and develop life skills in the ‘Harmony Theater Family’.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been to see multiple Harmony shows. We found our spirits lifted and our hearts full as these amazing actors sang their hearts out! We wanted to support Harmony so we attended a few fundraisers as well! The staff and the families at Harmony are big hearted, dedicated and gracious people. We look forward to the next Harmony show and to be surrounded by the love and light that the Harmony actors bring to a room!

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Harmony Theater 09/30/2020

Thank you Mary. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at our next show!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harmony is one of those organizations that just makes you smile! The participants, staff and volunteers have such a love for what they do and for each other that you can’t help but smile when you are participating in a Harmony show! I Volunteered this past year with Harmony and I loved every minute of it! I’m so thankful that I have Harmony in my life!

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Harmony Theater 09/30/2020

Thank you Brennan! Harmony appreciates your kind spirit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Harmony shows are so much fun to watch! I have been to 3 Harmony performances now and I can’t express the joy I feel when sitting in the audience and watching these amazing actors pour their heart and soul into song and dance! If you haven’t been to a Harmony show....do it! Harmony is a work of heart!

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Harmony Theater 09/30/2020

Thank you Ronderby. We love the joyful reactions our audience gives to the actors! It is a win-win for all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Harmony in September 2019! I am going into my Freshman year of high school this year and I plan to continue working with Harmony. Every Saturday morning I wake up with a smile because I know I get to spend the day with my Harmony friends! The actors I’ve met are such amazing people with such a passion for music and togetherness! The staff at Harmony loves what they do so much and it shows! I love the shows the Harmony puts on! They are so much fun for those participating and those watching!

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Harmony Theater 09/30/2020

Thank you Milliejoy. The Harmony actors love seeing YOU at the rehearsals too!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Harmony is a wonderful organization that helps folks with IDD to live their best lives. They are open and welcoming to everyone while allowing everyone to shine their own light.

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Harmony Theater 09/30/2020

Thank you for your positive review. Our actors, directors, and volunteers are all shining stars!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I started volunteering with Harmony Theater in September 2019. We had seen a few shows and knew that this organization was something we wanted to be a part of! We have loved every Saturday spent with the amazing participants of Harmony! These adult actors show up every weekend with a smile on their face and a song in their heart! If you ever want to be enveloped in love and light and joy, then check out a Harmony show!

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Harmony Theater 09/30/2020

Thank you MamaD. We agree- the light comes from everyone who participates, not just our actors!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Harmony Theater has fostered a strong community of actors and actors' families, and created a place of belonging for our actors, who many times feel marginalized.
In the 15 or so years I have been bringing actors to Saturday rehearsals, I have seen Harmony Theater grow, expand, and bring that sense of belonging to more actors every year.
No matter how tired, grumpy, sad, or down you might feel on Saturday mornings you can't help but smile at the sight of so many actors greeting one another and the directors. Their very posture, confidence and demeanor says, "This is my world; I belong here!"
The actors revel in the camaraderie and fellowship the directors have cultivated, and are committed to their roles in the productions. It's a constant joy to watch, and I feel privileged to bring my 83-years young actor to Harmony every Saturday from September through May.
The pandemic has been especially hard on people with disabilities who have been at home since their sheltered workshops remain closed and their social outlets - churches, jobs, libraries have been closed, or the actors have been restricted due to age or underlying conditions.
The Harmony Theater directors hit the ground running when our state closed down. Harmony actors received notes and cards; there were frequent videos posted by the directors for the actors that encouraged dancing, crafts, and singing - and most importantly, let the actors know that their directors missed them as much as the actors missed the directors.
Harmony Theater is a family that puts the fun in FUNctional - with the added benefits of creativity, support and love!

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Harmony Theater 09/30/2020

Thank you Peggy. The Harmony family is a beautiful group and we are glad you and your family are part of it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been attending Harmony shows since my niece became a member in her teens. She is now 37 years old and her Harmony family is still No. 1 on her list of socializing.

The incredible Barry and his staff give every member a sense of purpose and accomplishment. It is obvious they care so deeply about each member. They truly make a difference in the world of all the performers and their families.

It is such a pleasure and an honor watching these performers who have such big
hearts.

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Harmony Theater 09/30/2020

Thank you Gailannecole. We agree that our directors and volunteers care deeply about our actors and their lives. How blessed is the Harmony Family!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Harmony Theater is awesome! My daughter Beth has belonged for over 15 years and continues to LOVE it. There is a Winter Concert during which all of the actors sing - and are highlighted (if they want). My favorite is the Spring Show. They are musicals which the amazing directors have adapted for the Harmony Theater actors. Some shows? .....Sound of Music, Aladdin, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians- and so many more. Just a wonderful experience for actors, directors, family and all friends!! I have included a picture of my daughter as the Genie in Aladdin.

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Harmony Theater 09/30/2020

Thank you Mallary. Beth is an active and friendly part of the Harmony family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I LOVE Harmony. I have so many friends and I have so much fun and I have learned so much about being on stage. I can't believe I can sing and dance on stage in front of people. In the spring I had fun singing and dancing to our virtual Harmony videos. The directors made videos for us so we could have Harmony every week during the pandemic.

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Harmony Theater 09/30/2020

Thank you Meg. You look like you have fun with your friends on stage!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Harmony Theater has amazing productions that the actors do an amazing job!

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Harmony Theater 12/28/2019

Thank you for the 5 star rating and your positive review! We appreciate you!

1 Jean JanFrancisco Winkler K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My niece who is an actor/performer with the Harmony Theater suggested A few years ago that I volunteer to help at practices. It was the most uplifting and gratifying experience to be a part of something so wonderful! What a wonderful creative outlet it provides with such dedication and love! And the participants enthusiasm and and triumph over many physical challenges helped me to grow as a person, as well as get to enjoy the company of such fine beings!

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Harmony Theater 07/19/2019

Thank you for volunteering with us Jean! And your niece brings so much talent to Harmony. We're glad you both are part of the Harmony family!

1 Theresa Carfagno M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just love going to their shows.
There is so much love the volunteers give and the participants are wonderful. They love performing.

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Harmony Theater 07/19/2019

Thank you for your positive input Theresa! Our actors and volunteers receive so much love from our show audiences. It's a wonderful atmosphere for everyone!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization with a great mission. Provides an opportunity for creative expression by the actors fueling self confidence, teamwork and accomplishment!

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Harmony Theater 01/02/2019

WOW- thank you Sebastian Riding Academy! We love seeing those wonderful attributes and accomplishments too!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Harmony Theater is a wonderful organization that offers our special needs daughter a place to perform and increase her confidence while performing in two programs a year. To see all those actors perform on stage brings such joy to my heart and I always have tears in my eyes when they perform their sign language songs even after 10 years. This is such an important part of my daughters life. We are truly blessed to have found and are now a part of this Harmony family.

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Harmony Theater 01/02/2019

Thank you for your heartfelt words and we agree that our actors AND directors are all amazing people!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Harmony Theater has given my daughter, Katie, a consistently upbeat opportunity to express herself as part of an actors troupe that puts on both a fall concert and spring show. The organization itself has matured and grown stronger. The commitment of its staff and volunteers to the actors
Is so strong. When Katie went through a difficult time a few years ago and had to pull out of activities, getting back to Harmony was the one thing that picked her up and lifted her spirits. Can’t say enough good things about Harmony.

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Harmony Theater 01/02/2019

Katie has bloomed in Harmony and we are so grateful for Linda's board participation!

1 Carol K.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have attended Harmony performances since its beginning. Friends came with me on a fun night out a few times now. Everyone enjoyed the shows. All were uplifted by seeing the differently abled are part of our community and are benefiting so much from this wonderful progam.

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Harmony Theater 10/29/2018

Harmony is blessed you have committed to joining our board and advancing our mission. Thank you for your positive words, Carol!

1 harrisonford

Board Member

Rating: 5

Harmony Theater, Inc. has been 'home' to my son who has Downs Syndrome for 24 years. Jason has performed many roles in the Spring Musicals and always has a good time visiting with the other actors. We've enjoyed watching Jason perform, whether it's saying his lines or singing or dancing, Jason excels on the stage. We don't know where he gets that because none of the rest of the family enjoys being in the spotlight! This theater group of 50 adult actors with a variety of disabilities meets every Saturday morning to practice acting roles, sing, do crafts, discuss, or visit with other actors. Whether it's the Fall Concert of singing or the Spring Musical of acting and singing, you can't go wrong seeing one of these shows. Our actors take it on the road occasionally to provide entertainment and gain sponsors and fans! There's about 25 regulars who attend the shows from our family and Jason's friends alone. The shows are very popular! We do many fundraisers throughout the season (SEP-JUN) and our actors participate in those as well. Check out our website: harmonytheaterinc.com

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Harmony Theater 10/29/2018

Jason is a wonderful and inspiring member of the Harmony family. Thank you for your positive words!