Panto Is On For Care Homes – Oh Yes It Is!
7 December 2020: Breda O’Doherty, Activities Co-Ordinator at luxury care home, Wellington Vale in Waterlooville has written, starred in and produced an online Christmas panto which residents of Wellington Vale along with other care homes and support groups can enjoy.
With impressive costumes and backdrops, the 35 minute musical panto, Lost in Koz, tells the tale of a young girl called Doris who is looking for her missing sister, Dorothy. It features a fairy godmother, magic gloves and an evil witch, amongst a number of other characters who she meets during her search for Dorothy. The panto includes a number of songs including resident favourites such as ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ and ‘My Way’, and concludes with a festive 10 minute singalong to a variety of Christmas carols. Breda O’Doherty explains, “We invite a professional company to perform a panto at Wellington Vale every year and this is a real highlight for our residents. We weren’t going to let the restrictions of Covid-19 put a stop to this year’s show so I decided to write a panto, featuring songs which I know that our residents enjoy singing along to.
“The whole team at Wellington Vale were fully supportive, as always, with many of them taking on acting roles in the panto and we even involved of some of our residents in a sing-a-long at the end. It may not be the professional show that our residents are used to but it will certainly bring Christmas cheer and entertainment.”
Gaynor Rhead, General Manager, Wellington Vale commented, “Christmas always involves great festivities at Wellington Vale and I am so proud of Breda and the team for ensuring that our residents don’t miss out on their annual panto this year. The cast of carers from Wellington Vale came in on their day off to film the panto and all wore masks to adhere to the most stringent Covid-19 infection prevention methods. The Wellington Vale panto is yet another great example of how our team have gone above and beyond in this very challenging year.”
Wellington Vale is an exclusive care home which offers exceptional residential, dementia, nursing and respite care. It has 80 large, luxurious en-suite rooms and is located on Darnel Road, Waterlooville.