Residents and the team at a Sanctuary Care home in Bordon have donned their best vintage outfits for the premiere of their very own film production.
1940s film premiere
Showcasing their own acting and singing credentials in front of friends and family, the team and residents at Ashley House Residential Care Home in Forest Road turned the clock back to the 1940s to enjoy the film debut of their rendition of the Robert Wise classic, The Sound of Music.
During the summer, the home produced their very own Von Trapp film shoot – where residents channelled their inner Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, as part of the two-year national arts programme, Shine! – inviting loved ones to watch their handy work in 1940s cinema style.
Celebrating in style
Making sure they looked the part, residents returned to character and dressed up in costume, with the team dusting off their finest 1940s attire.
Resident John Crumlish, 84, who was dressed as Von Trapp said: “It was great being a film star for the night – we all had a wonderful evening.”
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Margaret Powell added: “The Shine! project was a real success so it was important we celebrated the residents’ and the team’s hard work and what better way to do so than with a 1940s cinema premiere night.
“We were all really impressed with our version of The Sound of Music film, you can tell how much effort we all put in and I’m so proud of how the residents and the team did.”
The film included dirndl dress and nun costumes, memorable scenes and musical hits, including Do-Re-Me, as well as homemade props including a painted backdrop and paper flowers.
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.