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Aladdin’s Magic Shines Bright as Hampshire Care Home Residents Stage Panto

Theatrically minded residents at a Hampshire care home have performed their first live production as a newly formed drama group.

The pantomime classic Aladdin ‘premiered’ at Colten Care’s Woodpeckers home in Brockenhurst much to the delight of actors and audience.

Residents at the New Forest home put forward the idea of forming a group at the end of last year.

At a meeting with staff, it was agreed to stage a pantomime as the Woodpeckers Players and rehearsals of Aladdin began.

Everyone involved felt they would have fun bringing to life the much-loved tale of the genie in the lamp, with its famous story elements such as a beautiful sultan’s daughter, a magic carpet, three wishes and an evil sorcerer.

Team members sourced novelty props and costumes while Colten Care’s Music and Arts Partner Fiona Pritchard lent her expertise to direct the show with a musical soundtrack and sound effects.

The cast featured five residents and three members of Woodpeckers’ Companionship Team.

After the show, performed in the home’s spacious lounge, performers and audience members declared it a success.

Resident Maureen Miller, one of two narrators, said: “It was great fun and went very well for our first performance.”

Resident Molly Wolstenholme from the audience agreed, adding: “I thought it was excellent.”

Home Manager Priya Joseph said: “This was a theatrical first for Woodpeckers. It has been lovely to see our resident actors and storytellers become actively involved.

“They clearly enjoyed every moment on stage and who knows where they might go next. Maybe the West End beckons!

“And we’re so happy too that fellow residents got to witness a live pantomime show in their own living room.”