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All in this together: high school students put on a show for residents

The final dress rehearsal of the Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College’s production of High School Musical has enthused a room of aged care residents, with some dancing as they left the theatre hall.

The residents and consumers were invited as guests of honour to the event on the morning of Wednesday 24 May 2017. More than 100 residents got the opportunity to watch students show off their talents, while the performers were able to unveil the production to a live audience before opening night.

Jane Meldrum, Anglican Care’s lifestyle and well being coordinator, said many residents are of the age in which the musical was the predominant form of movies, from South Pacific and Oklahoma through to The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz.

The event was also an opportunity to begin to introduce students and residents and allow them to begin fostering friendships, as Anglican Care and Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College are in the initial planning stages of developing an intergenerational educational program, set to begin over the coming months.

Aged Care Insite spoke with Meldrum and marketing and executive support manager Kylie Jacques about organising the event and what such educational programs involve for residents and students.

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