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The Show must go on – The Wizard of Oz

Staff throughout the Future Care Group care homes remain committed to ensuring their residents continue to experience a little magic and sparkle at Christmas time and this year is no exception. Despite all the rules and restrictions in care homes, the staff at the Future Care Group carefully prepared and wrote their own scripts, rehearsed, and performed some wonderful fun filled pantomimes for their resident’s enjoyment. One manager said: “We decided, if we can’t take the residents to a panto this year then we will bring the panto to them”. A long-standing tradition the ‘panto’ as they are referred to in the UK, provided the care home audiences with a chance to laugh and sing along as they enjoyed slapstick comedy performed by the staff of good vs evil! All that was missing were the residents’ loved ones! Family and friends were invited to join in via zoom and for those that could not make it, videos were filmed to share at a later date. The pantos were a huge success and not only did the residents love them as they sang and recalled memories of times gone by, but staff said it gave a much needed lift at the end of an enormously difficult year. Lorraine Smith, who was the tin man in Kings Lodge production of The Wizard of Oz, said: “the residents absolutely loved the show it really made all the effort so worthwhile”.

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