An enthusiastic cast made up of our very own vets, nurses and customer care advisors entertained over two hundred people on Saturday, December 2, with their adaptation of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Fairfield Village Hall in Bromsgrove. The event raised over £2000 for charity.
The pantomime, which brought staff together from all three Clent Hills Vets’ practices in Bromsgrove, Rubery and Hagley, was a fundraising initiative for The Cinnamon Trust – The national charity for the elderly, terminally ill and their pets.
The Cinnamon Trust has been our nominated charity for 2017 and our staff and clients have been raising money throughout the year with a variety of fundraising projects, culminating in the Christmas panto.
The show had the audience in stitches and delivered everything you would expect from a traditional pantomime and more, with corny jokes and tongue-in-cheek gags delivered with confidence.
Head vet Alun Edwards was hilarious as the dame, playing Aunt Em, Dorothy’s guardian in Kansas. Vet Joao Teotonio was a shining spectacle as the Tinman, wearing a punk-rock style silver metallic costume with his face and hands sprayed silver.
Vet Will Trewarman’s live Freddie Mercury impression earned him rapturous applause, and RVNs Sophie and Sarah were a delight as Dorothy and her loyal companion, Toto.
Other cast members included RVN Leah Paddock as ‘The Lion’, customer care advisor Nicola Pitt as ‘The Scarecrow’, customer care manager Helen Beesley and nursing assistant Holly as ‘Munchkins’, customer care advisor Mel and her daughter as ‘Salt & Pepper’, vet Barbara Grabczyk as ‘The Wicked Witch’, customer care advisor Victoria as ‘Glinda the Good Witch’, RVN Romy as ‘The Farmer’, nursing assistant Olivia as ‘The Guard’, and last but not least, head vet Rod Stroud as the voice of ‘The Wizard’.
The pantomime was the idea of vet Hayley McKenzie, who had been organising and directing the show since rehearsals started back in March. She said: “What better way to end our fundraising year for the Cinnamon Trust than with a magical day and night filled with fun and laughter, raising money for this fantastic cause?”
A total of £2137 was raised by ticket sales and a charity raffle held during the Pantomime. Clent Hills Vet Jo Penny and customer care advisor Jayne Lombardi-Vaughan were also instrumental in making sure this performance was a success, as were many other Clent Hills’ staff behind the scenes.
We want to give specials thanks also the Janet Morgan from The Cinnamon Trust for coming along and giving a talk, Roy, Emilio and Mimi Lombardi-Vaughan for their roles in scenery, lighting, music, makeup & backstage’ production. Thanks to Spud Design and DPD Print for the posters and programmes, Aniko Towers for photography, and Big Splash Communications for PR and photography.