Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Wantage pulled out all the stops to host their very own Von Trapp film shoot.
Recreating memorable scenes
Residents ensured the film shoot, which took place on Tuesday (7 July), is one of everyone’s ‘Favourite Things’ by looking the part in dirndl dress and nun costumes. Together, residents and the team recreated the memorable scenes and musical hits, including Do-Re-Me.
Acting and producing props
Once the well-known theme was chosen, the team were busy raiding their wardrobes and dusting off their Switzerland inspired dress, as well as joining forces with the residents to improvise their own versions of classic scenes and producing props – including making trees, a cow and a backdrop for the stage.
Eighty-two year old resident, Shelia Penney, said: “I have really enjoyed The Sound of Music project, especially singing all the well-known songs and getting creative with the props – I can’t believe we made a life-size cow.”
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader added: “The film shoot was the perfect ending to a wonderful project. Everyone pulled out all the stops and gave it their very best – you could tell everyone enjoyed every minute. It was so rewarding to be a part of the project and I’m extremely proud of all who took part!”
Shula Hawes, programme co-ordinator for Ladder to the Moon, said: “It has been great to support the staff at Wantage Nursing Home and involve all residents in a really creative project.”
Shine! aims to shine a light on the individuals living in our care homes, encouraging their participation in arts-based sessions, including theatre, movement, music and film.
The programme is funded through Sanctuary Group, Sanctuary Care’s parent company, and is part of Sanctuary’s commitment to highlight the potential and talents of older people through quality arts experiences.