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Colten Care home residents stage a panto in Brockenhurst

 

Aladdin’s magic shines bright

Colten Care home residents this week stage a panto! Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst was the scene...

Woodpeckers residents Jean Slater, who played the genie; Roger Johnson who was the magician Abanazar; narrators Maureen Miller and John Denby; and sultan Frank Coumbe. In front are members of the home’s Companionship Team who also took part in the panto. Left to right: Jane Bunker, Rose Applin and Aly Locke.

Theatrically minded residents at Colten Care home Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst have performed their first live production as a newly formed drama group. 

The pantomime classic Aladdin ‘premiered’ at Woodpeckers much to the delight of actors and audience.  

Residents at the Outstanding-rated New Forest home put forward the idea of forming a group at the end of last year.

At a meeting with staff, it was agreed to stage a pantomime as the Woodpeckers Players and rehearsals of Aladdin began.

Everyone involved felt they would have fun bringing to life the much-loved tale of the genie in the lamp, with its famous story elements such as a beautiful sultan’s daughter, a magic carpet, three wishes and an evil sorcerer. Woodpeckers resident Maureen Miller who helped to narrate the story of Aladdin.

Team members sourced novelty props and costumes while Colten Care’s Music and Arts Partner Fiona Pritchard lent her expertise to direct the show with a musical soundtrack and sound effects. 

The cast featured five residents and three members of Woodpeckers’ Companionship Team.

After the show, performed in the home’s spacious lounge, performers and audience members declared it a success. 

Resident Maureen Miller, one of two narrators, said: “It was great fun and went very well for our first performance.” 

Resident Molly Wolstenholme from the audience agreed, adding: “I thought it was excellent.”

A theatrical first for Woodpeckers

Home Manager Priya Joseph said: “This was a theatrical first for Woodpeckers. It has been lovely to see our resident actors and storytellers become actively involved.

“They clearly enjoyed every moment on stage and who knows where they might go next. Maybe the West End beckons!

“And we’re so happy too that fellow residents got to witness a live pantomime show in their own living room.”

Top image: IT’S MAGIC. Seated in armchairs are, from left, Woodpeckers residents Jean Slater, who played the genie; Roger Johnson who was the magician Abanazar; narrators Maureen Miller and John Denby; and sultan Frank Coumbe. In front are members of the home’s Companionship Team who also took part in the panto. Left to right: Jane Bunker, Rose Applin and Aly Locke.   

Second image: STORYTELLER. Woodpeckers resident Maureen Miller who helped to narrate the story of Aladdin.

Find out more about Colten Care

With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It owns 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Seven of the homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and Colten Care earns a consistently high group score, currently 9.9 out of ten, on the public review site Carehome.co.uk. Based on such third-party advocacy, Colten Care is the UK’s highest-rated care home group for its size.

All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care

All homes are registered for nursing care and four are dedicated dementia care homes with Admiral Nurse support. Unlike people who receive domiciliary care in their own homes, residents in Colten Care homes have the reassurance that 24/7 nurse-led care with companionship is on hand whenever they need it. Residents live in the highest standards of accommodation, enjoying homecooked food, fresh laundry and housekeeping services, and safe, peaceful and inspiring gardens. Colten Care also supports residents to raise thousands of pounds for charities of their choice every year. Founded more than 35 years ago, Colten Care has won multiple awards for the quality of its care and remains an independent, family-owned care home provider. For more information, visit www.ColtenCare.co.uk

Three Colten Care homes in the New Forest are rated outstanding

Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, three of which are rated Outstanding and three of which are in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House (Outstanding). There are also homes in Brockenhurst -Woodpeckers (Outstanding), New Milton - Kingfishers (Outstanding) and Mudeford - Avon Reach. Click on the links to find out more about each home... 

Colten Care's Avon Reach    Colten Care Court Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Linden House Lymington 

Colten Care Belmore Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Kingfishers New Milton    Colten Care Woodpeckers Brockenhurst

 

 

 

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