For more than seven years, residents at Southern Cross Care Caloundra have been amused and entertained by the brilliant Mrs Ellen De Voss, who each year produces a show that she writes, directs and enlists the assistance of staff to perform. Despite some health concerns, Ellen fails to rule out that this may be her final show and is already planning something for next year. In honour of Ellen’s contributions to her community and the residents and staff at Southern Cross Care Caloundra, a celebration took place on Thursday, 31 October, as her new show was performed to great fanfare.
Ellen has worked as a playwright and producer and worked with Dick Fair on the Australian Amateur Hour on 2UW in Sydney. Ellen has also released a book 8 Short Stories by the Clown Princess which she published a few years ago (and is still available on Amazon).
Residential Manager Karen Wilson said that the residents look forward to the show each year as it provides joy and connection for everyone involved, while the staff enjoy amusing the residents with their performances. This year, Mrs De Voss has written a script based on the fairy tale Cinderella and has been involved in rehearsals, providing instructions on how to perform and making last minute changes.
Ms Wilson said that the impact of Ellen’s shows can’t be underestimated on the mood and morale of residents, staff and for Ellen herself. “We all look forward to seeing what Ellen has written for each year’s show and we have a lot of fun in putting the show on for residents. Ellen’s enormous knowledge and experience in performance is obvious, and it has been a privilege to be involved in her productions each year. It has been a vitally important part of Ellen’s life here at Caloundra and something she anticipated with great enthusiasm every year.”