The hills of Scranton were certainly alive with the sound of music as the Residents, staff, and Little Sisters ushered in Mardi Gras Hollywood style with a movie musicals themed parade on February 12.
Kicking off the event, the “Captain von Trapp” of our kitchen, Pat O’Malley, blew a whistle commencing the parade to begin. Upon the sounds of the whistle’s shrill shriek, the Little Sisters and kitchen staff paraded into the auditorium as they sang “My Favorite Things” from the “The Sound of Music.” And later in the parade, our second floor nurses and Residents reprised the musical with their rendition of the Rodgers and Hammerstein show tune “Do-Re-Mi.”
Next up, we were taken back to the 1950s to Rydell High School as the T-Birds from our maintenance staff, the Pink Ladies from our activities department, and several Residents rolled into town via their own car! Bringing back the best of the sock-hoppers, their salute to “Grease” was quite a treat!
Although it was rainy outside, the sun did come out in our auditorium during Mardi Gras – but how could it not with our third floor nursing staff and Residents’ rendition of “Tomorrow” from the musical “Annie.” Complete with Annie, Daddy Warbucks, Miss Hannigan, and even Sandy the dog, this group really put on quite a show.
While everyone did enjoy Annie’s splash of sunshine, the rain did return, but nobody seemed to mind – in fact they started “Singin’ in the Rain.” Created by our business, human resources, and development offices as well as several third floor Residents, Resident Eugene M. did his very best impression of Gene Kelly as he led the spirited group sporting colorful rain gear into the auditorium.
And speaking of color, we were greeted by quite a splash of pastels in the costumes some of the ladies who live and work on our third floor as well as in our apartments adorned as they showed off their best Audrey Hepburn impressions for “My Fair Lady.”
Last, but certainly not least, it is only fitting that the crowning musical of our parade would be fit for a king. Performed by some of our third floor Residents, nursing and kitchen staff as well as apartment Residents, “The King and I” was a delight.
Following the parade, second floor Residents Joe B. and Ann M. were crowned the king and queen of the festivities as everyone feasted on King Cake and other refreshments while listening to live entertainment by Greg Palmer.
To see just how much our Residents enjoyed this special day, please click here to view a photo slide show.