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30th Aug 2019

Setting the Scene: The Sound of Music


Theatre by the Lake was alive with the sound of yodelling this morning during our Sound of Music session. Over a cuppa and a delicious piece of tray bake - sadly the local shops were fresh out of apple strudel - practitioner Rachel recapped the plot of the famous 1965 musical, which features the story of the von Trapp family singers and their escape from the German occupation of Austria. Our members fondly recalled the original film, Ron had seen it four times at the cinema, whilst carer Louise said that she'd seen it "about forty five times” and practitioner Rachel admitted that she'd probably seen it every Christmas from the age of six to eighteen. All in all it was a very well-known story.

Also familiar was the image of traditional Bavarian dress in the form of lederhosen, the short or knee-length leather breeches worn in this area. On the subject of which Brian shared with us a very funny poem that he'd written about a pair of legs in lederhosen and the particularly muscular cyclist owner of them, an encounter he'd had on holiday. It was a great giggle and we thank Brian very much for sharing with us.

Did you know that the original Maria von Trapp praised Julie Andrew's performance in the film but commented that she couldn't yodel? At Setting the Scene we are always up for a challenge so we had our very own attempt at yodelling. The perfect technique apparently is to slightly slur one's speech, as if intoxicated, and sing ‘Little Old Lady Who' being sure to go up and down in tone throughout. Needless to say the effect was hilarious and we all bobbed along and attempted to yodel as much as we each dared to the soundtrack song The Lonely Goatherd.

Following on, based on the idea of the song My Favourite Things, where Julie Andrew's character lists items which cheer her up such as ‘brown paper packages tied up with string' and ‘girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes', we created our own list of favourite things to cheer somebody up. Al thought a fleecy blanket, whilst Ian said a steak pie and a silk tie, Betty suggested that flowers might be the best thing, Margaret proposed that a manicure might do the trick, meanwhile Rachel thought a cup of tea and an Agatha Christie Poirot would be the best remedy.

Next-up, we had a sing-along to My Favourite Things and the title track The Sound of Music. Followed by a very silly movement activity to Do- Re- Mi which ended in lots of laughter.

Finally the session ended today with a sing-along to Edelweiss, we were even treated to an impromptu waltz by Louise and Keith. "Oh that was wonderful” said Elsie. Well thank you very much Elsie we're very glad that you approve. We're on a short break now until September 26th, whilst we wished everyone ‘so long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen' today we look forward to welcoming everybody back soon for the next block of Setting the Scene.

Setting the Scene is a series of creative sessions provided by Theatre by the Lake, run with support from Amy's Care for people living with dementia and their carers. Sessions are free to attend and are on Thursday mornings at 11.00 - 12.30.

Setting the Scene is now on a short break and will return 26th September. Sessions are usually based at Theatre by the Lake but occasionally move to other locations. For more information, please contact Mary Elliott on 017687 72282 ext. 269.

We'd like to thank the Hadfield Trust and our donors for supporting future sessions. To hear more about the project or to contribute to Theatre by the Lake's work in Dementia please call our Box Office on 017687 74411.


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