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Seattle, WA 98126
Nightingale: A Musical Regarding the Life & Passion of Miss Florence Nightingale
In celebration of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday, Nightingale by Pamela Gerke brings Nightingale’s story to life through original music and scenes of her life in a 2-act musical that reframes and makes relevant her image for modern audiences.
Act I follows Nightingale through her 20s as she struggles to understand her passionate nature and to follow her “call from God,” all the while chafing at the expectations placed on her by her wealthy British family and Victorian society.
In Act II, Nightingale supervises female nurses in the Crimean War where she creates order out of chaos, despite the horror of war and opposition from entrenched medical and military authorities. By the end of the Crimean War she had become world famous and during the last fifty years of her life worked for healthcare reform, the creation of nurse training and the profession of nursing, and much more.
The musical will be in a staged reading format and is produced by HEARTS: Health & Arts in collaboration with Admiral UCC and Providence Mount St. Vincent. Nightingale will also be performed at Admiral UCC, Sept. 23, 3 pm; see AdmiralChurch.org.