An Essex-based care home has proven ‘there is no place like (a care) home’ to help raise spirits this January, as they put on their very own Wizard of Oz pantomime.
Staff at Hutton Village Bupa Care Home dressed up as characters from the beloved 1939 musical to bring the show to life. Carers, kitchen staff, activities co-ordinators and administration teams all got involved, transforming themselves into the Tinman, Lion, Wicked Witch, and Dorothy; Hutton Village’s pet dog, Winston, even got into the spirit of theatre and played the role of Dorothy’s furry companion, Toto.
The home decided to film the production, so that residents could watch the show in comfort at their own leisure from the home’s iPads.
98-year-old Peggy has been a resident at Hutton Village Bupa Care Home for two years. When asked about the pantomime, she said: “I thoroughly enjoyed watching the show from the iPad, it was a great treat. I especially loved the music, it made me want to join in and dance along. Our carers did a wonderful job of acting out the Wizard of Oz, but I have to say, our doggie, Winston, was the star of the show!”
Another resident at the home, 92-year-old Sylvia, added: “I recognised the music at the beginning of the show because Mike, who works in the kitchen here at Hutton Village, often plays the saxophone for us all. He is a very talented man.”
Home Manager, Sue Green, concluded: “We are always looking for fun, new ways to entertain our residents at Hutton Village. I’m so proud of our entire team for coming together and putting on an amazing performance.
“We decided on the Wizard of Oz because the team are big fans of the film, so much so that most of the script was recited from memory. They did a fantastic job and managed to put a smile on all of our faces.”