SUPPORTERS are being called on to join in with a singalong screening of The Wizard of Oz to help Dorothy’s dream come true.
Fans of the 1939 film classic will be treated to a one-off showing of the film where they will be invited to belt out classics such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Follow the Yellow Brick Road and We’re Off to See the Wizard.
The screening at the Kings Theatre in Southsea will raise money for The Rowans Hospice’s Dorothy’s Dream campaign – which is trying to raise £1m to fund a service to support terminally ill people who wish to die in the comfort of their own homes.
Rowans fundraiser and events manager Ali George said: ‘This is the UK’s first ever singalong screening of The Wizard of Oz which is sure to be a sell-out due to the popularity of the film and the recent search for a Dorothy for the West End show.
‘The evening promises to be great fun with a warm-up, fancy dress competition and on-screen lyrics so that everyone can join in with their favourite songs.’
The hospice is inviting people of all ages to the singalong, and they can wear fancy dress for the occasion if they wish.
There will be a prize for the best costume.
The film night will take place at the theatre on Friday, April 1, at 7pm. Previous singalongs at the Kings – including Mamma Mia! and Grease – have raised thousands of pounds for The Rowans.
Hospice staff hope this year’s event will have similar success.
Meanwhile the Dorothy’s Dream campaign has received a welcome cash boost thanks to a charity cruise organised by Brittany Ferries. The firm held a special cruise to St Malo in France and £10 from each ticket sale went to Dorothy’s Dream.
A total of 132 people booked on to the cruise and so £1,320 was donated to the fundraising appeal. Ruth White, chief executive of the hospice, said: ‘We are so appreciative to Brittany Ferries for supporting the Dorothy’s Dream appeal.’
The cruise and proceeds from the campaign’s Ruby Slipper Fundraising Day have taken the total raised for the £1m appeal up to £661,181.
The hospice’s home service, which was originally planned to start in April, is now likely to start in the autumn.
To book tickets to the charity screening of The Wizard of Oz call the Kings Theatre box office on (023) 9282 8282. For more information about Dorothy’s Dream call (023) 9223 8531.