LIMA — Patients at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center were taken down the yellow brick road after a visit from Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz, Monday.
Several patients were surprised throughout the morning when they saw Dorothy walk into their rooms. One patient described the visit as one of the best days of his life.
“I love ‘The Wizard Of Oz,’ but I love it even more now because she looks better than the original woman who played Dorothy,” said William Cooley. “It’s not too often a beautiful woman comes into your room.”
Sydney Hartford, apart of Octopus Productions, a a theater production company in Lima, was excited when she found out that she would be dressing up as Dorothy Gale to visit patients at the medical center Monday.
In the 1939 film, Dorothy Gale, a young girl from Kansas, was swept away from her home to the magical land of Oz where she meets new friends who help her return home.
“It was super exciting because, although I won’t be in the show, it’s nice to promote it and be here to see all of the patients’ faces light up,” said Hartford. “Many of the patients were surprised when they saw me, and older women really seemed to enjoy it.”
“The Wizard of Oz,” which showcases Oct. 27 at Veterans Memorial Civic Center, is a part of a multi-production Broadway show series this year.
“We are very grateful that Mercy Health-St. Rita’s will allow us to bring some joy to their patients,” said Jeremy Martinez, director of development at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center President Dale Gisi said having Dorothy visit the facility was a opportunity for patients to get their mind off their medical issues and have fun with sharing stories.
He also said he was glad to have an opportunity to promote the work of the Civic Center.
“It’s very important to support the Civic Center and the other great things happening in the Greater Lima Region,” said Gisi.
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