Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Hatfield and a VIP guest enjoyed a special performance of a festive favourite yesterday.
Complete with beautiful bright costumes, the team at Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home in Tamblin Way dazzled the audience with their very own rendition of Cinderella.
Dressed as Prince Charming, the evil stepsisters and Fairy Godmother, the team pulled out all the stops to perform a panto-extravaganza in front of residents, their loved ones and special VIP guest, Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Cllr Lynne Sparks.
Resident Brian Missenden, who is 85 years old, said: “Cinderella looked just beautiful in her dress and the carriage was marvellous. I really enjoyed the show, I watched it with my wife Betty and it was great that we didn’t have to travel anywhere and could just sit back and relax.”
Fellow resident Mable Morris, 100, added: “The show was a right laugh and it was lovely to see how much effort everyone had gone to. The highlight for me was definitely Prince Charming, and I also thought the ugly stepsisters were great too.”
Bringing back fond memories
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Mary Tolladay said: “Our residents always enjoy Christmas pantomimes and Cinderella was a very popular choice within the home as many of our residents have fond memories of going to the theatre to watch the same production with their young families.
Commenting on the performance Mary added: “It certainly didn’t disappoint and was a great success! The team really pulled together to put on a wonderful show for the sheer joy of our residents and it’s wonderful that everyone went to so much effort. I am so proud of them and it’s fantastic that Cllr Lynne Sparks was also able to see our show and see how we as a home are celebrating the countdown to Christmas together.”
Five shows in total!
Ensuring all their residents enjoyed the Christmas tradition of a panto show, the team performed The Brothers Grimm and Giambattista Basile classic five times in total before Christmas day – touring their production to each suite of the Tamblin Way home.