Heathcote alive with the sound of music

May 17, 2024 BY
Heathcote Health Sound of Music Extravaganza

All dressed up: Residents Wendy Carlier and Betty Knight with Volunteer Steve Waghorne. Photos: STEVE WOMERSLEY

AFTER being cancelled twice due to COVID outbreaks, the Heathcote Health Sound of Music Extravaganza finally went ahead on Monday.

The audience made up of residents, staff, family and friends were delighted by the performance by HH residents and the Wandering Minstrels.


Residents, staff and the U3A choir, the Wandering Minstrels, delighted their audience of family members and friends.

“Our first extravaganza was originally planned for last October to celebrate Seniors Month but COVID said no,” said Aged Care Lifestyle and Leisure coordinator Carol Fanning.

Resident, Betty Knight, said receiving the award for Best Performance was a wonderful surprise and the perfect finale for the afternoon.


“Third time’s a charm.

“The residents voted on the theme with The Sound of Music being the most popular choice.

“They practiced the songs and actions, made props and costumes, and really embraced the opportunity.

Resident Leo Steynis dressed in Austrian costume. Photo: STEVE WOMERSLEY


“We didn’t cut up any curtains, but I did utilise bed sheets to make my costume.

“The idea of the day was to just have fun, dress up, sing, act up a bit and laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine.”

The Wandering Minstrels musical director Sally Heley led the choir through familiar favourites from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Photo: STEVE WOMERSLEY


Staff, visitors and volunteers joined the fun, dressing up in themed costumes.

Resident Ann Steynis joined others on stage to perform and act out songs from the popular musical.


“Our audience was made up of clients from our support services, staff, volunteers, residents, families and friends to the delight of all,” said Ms Fanning.

Wild geese that fly to the moon on their wings: Resident Wendy Carlier with one of her favourite things. Photo: STEVE WOMERSLEY


“Sally Heley and the U3A Wandering Minstrels choir have been amazing.

“It was such a highlight to have them involved and I think they loved it too.”

Wandering Minstrels performer Dave Leach said he thoroughly enjoyed seeing the smiles on the faces of the residents.


With an alpine backdrop, the choir sang while residents performed actions and joined in.

Familiar favourites from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical including Edelweiss, The Lonely Goatherd and Climb Every Mountain drew enthusiastic applause from the audience.

Wandering Minstrels performer Heather Zakhewski joined the choir in singing familiar favourite songs. Photo: STEVE WOMERSLEY


At the conclusion, Ms Fanning announced the winner of the best performance award.

“It’s an all-expenses paid trip to Austria courtesy of Heathcote Health,” she said.

Wandering Minstrels performer David Barton dressed as Captain von Trapp for the Sound of Music Extravaganza at Heathcote Health.


“But, as with all scams, I mean competitions, you need to read the fine print.”

The winner, 92-year-old Betty Knight, was thrilled, nonetheless.

“It’s such a wonderful surprise,” she said. “The perfect finale to a fabulous afternoon.”

Wandering Minstrels performer Maree Hingston joined the choir.