By Paula Gronsdahl
Recreation Coordinator, Central Parkland Lodge

 

Lanigan’s Central Parkland Lodge was witness to some fantastic entertainment this summer.

Lodge Recreation Coordinator Paula Gronsdahl asked staff and community members to showcase their talents at a show at the lodge. Any talent, big or small, outrageous or unusual, was accepted. The show was held on August 27, and the multipurpose room at the Lodge was packed with the long term care residents, family and friends and the local day care children, ready to enjoy the show.

A puppet show was the first act, performed by artistic director Jacklyn Abrahamson from the company Wide Open, a Children’s Theatre, from Saskatoon. Jacklyn and her witty puppets started off the afternoon with an incredibly entertaining and cute tale of “Little Red Riding Hood”. The residents loved the interaction with the children and the classic tale.

Jacklyn Abrahamson from the company Wide Open, a Children’s Theatre, of Saskatoon, performs a puppet show for children gathered to watch the talent show at Lanigan’s Central Parkland Lodge this summer.

Jacklyn Abrahamson from the company Wide Open, a Children’s Theatre, of Saskatoon, performs a puppet show for children gathered to watch the talent show at Lanigan’s Central Parkland Lodge this summer.

Following the puppet show,  14 staff members from each department at the Lodge and integrated hospital, joined together to create a performance of song and dance from the hit movie “Sister Act,” complete with Whoopi Goldberg (played by unit assistant Gloria Chetyrbuk).

Each of the Sisters donned a habit and strutted their stuff with the other choir members for the entertainment of the residents. The staff practiced it only once prior to the show for about five minutes, but they sang their hearts out while putting on a great show. The staff said they had a lot of fun and the residents have suggested they take their act on the road.

Following “Sister Act”, the Holmlund family did a karate demonstration, which was very unique. Many Lodge residents had never seen karate performed before. The family did several demonstrations in their uniforms. It was a quiet performance, but had a lot of action.

Recreation Coordinator Paula Gronsdahl and her dog Murphy were the next act. They got on stage and Murphy showed the audience the tricks he can do: sit, lay down, high-five, give a kiss, say please, and shake a paw. Paula told the audience all about her unique dog and two lucky girls were chosen to give  Murphy a high five for a treat. Even though Murphy had a bit of stage fright, no trick was stopping him from getting his reward – a piece of jerky. There was a lot of “awe” inspiring moments for audience members, and even though Murphy visits the lodge regularly, the residents never knew he was so talented.

Local dancers Amara Suchy and Sydney McGrath came to dance their tap duet for the residents, and blew the audience away with their upbeat dancing, colorful costumes and beautiful smiles.

Following the dancing, special care aide Melanie Green read a short story called “The Seamstress Teacher.” It was very comical story complete with a showing of boxer briefs and a lot of laughter.

The residents had a blast with all the performers of the talent show and are already asking for another variety show in the near future. The staff and community truly came together to make this afternoon a memorable one for all the residents and families. It is a day which is still talked about and wouldn’t have been possible without such positive, cooperative and fun people.