Aged care Raffles pantomime brings joy to residents
YOU’RE never too old to be Prince Charming or Cinderella.
That is what 103-year-old Gerry Harvey and 88-year-old Pat Mulligan discovered when they starred in a Cinderella pantomime late last month.
The Tweed Heads South Raffles aged care residents were joined by nursing staff and their GP in the show.
The Tweed Theatre Co members volunteered their time and costumes to make the day possible.
Mr Harvey said all the hard work had been done on his behalf in preparation for the show.
“(It was) pretty easy. Everything was done for me, I just had to show up,” he said.
In the pantomime the “couple” celebrated 60 years on the throne and looked back at their lives.
Cinderella’s carriage was a mobility scooter covered with cardboard and adorned with gold paint and glitter.
“The audience really seemed to engage with the show,” Mr Harvey said.
Mrs Mulligan relished real-life interviews on the day with a news crew, invited to Raffles by a public relations unit.
“I enjoyed being a celebrity for the day with reporters and cameramen surrounding me,” she said.
“Being Cinderella and getting all of that attention was not something I thought I’d experience at 87 years of age.
“It was awesome.”
Mrs Mulligan said she would seriously consider future pantomime roles.
“It depends on how good the role is,” she joked.
Organiser Dian Wilson co-ordinated the pantomime, following the introduction of ballet classes run by Julie Fletcher at the residence earlier this year.
“It’s ... a great opportunity for those staff involved to help put on a great show and show our residents how much they love working with them,” she said.
Several young children and a couple of active residents take part in the ballet classes.
The Cinderella pantomime was inspired by the residence’s uptake of ballet.