Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Iffley have taken centre stage when they recreated the Robert Wise classic, as part of Shine! – a two year national arts programme.
Supported by community interest company Ladder to the Moon, residents and the team from Iffley Residential and Nursing Home recited memorable scenes and musical hits when they hosted their very own The Sound of Music film shoot in front of friends and family.
Memorable scenes and colourful props
Once the Von Trapp theme was chosen, the team raided their wardrobes and dusted off their dirndl dress and nun costumes, as well as joining forces with residents to improvise their own versions of classic scenes and producing props – including painting a backdrop for the stage, as well as a paper bouquet for the bride.
Resident Eric Neale, 96, said: “The Sound of Music project has been so enjoyable and I’m so pleased I took part. I always try to involve myself in creative activities where I can and this was no exception – I helped paint the backdrop for the stage and also loved singing Do-Re-Me in the film shoot.”
A sociable afternoon for residents
100-year-old resident, Charles Clapton, who took part in the famous wedding scene with Rose Turner from Ladder to the Moon, added: “Ladder to the Moon were absolutely wonderful, I particularly enjoyed meeting Rose. I think she is lovely.”
Fellow resident Ann Delaney danced the Austrian Waltz and she concluded: “I found it a very sociable and it made for a lovely day with lots of laughter.”
Shining the light on individuals
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Sue Stubberfield concluded: “It has been fantastic to see the residents so excited about the Shine! project and working with the team in such a creative way.
“Shine! aims to shine a light on the individuals living in our care homes by encouraging their participation in arts based sessions, including theatre, movement, music and film.”
Ladder to the Moon’s work at Iffley Residential and Nursing Home is part of Shine! – a programme that provides a range of activities tailored to residents which are designed to encourage participation and expression.
Shine!, which is being rolled across all Sanctuary Care homes, 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.
Visit our Shine! arts programme page to find out more about a variety of our creative arts projects; including dance, music, literature, film and theatre.