Florence Nightingale musical to tour Seattle area in 2020

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Florence and her nurses experience the "Kingdom of Hell" in a Crimean War hospital.

WSNA members are invited to Nightin­gale: A Musical Regarding the Life & Passionate Nature of Miss Florence Nightin­gale,” an inspi­ra­tional musical drama­ti­za­tion of Florence Nightingale’s life written by Pamela Gerke. 

The musical will be performed for nursing schools and other organi­za­tions and at local theaters in Seattle and other parts of Washington state in 2020, which is the bicen­ten­nial of Nightingale’s birth and the World Health Organization’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” 

The show highlights the life and passion of one of the principle founders of the nursing profes­sion, an amazing woman and a powerful role model for today’s nurses. Nightin­gale strug­gled against society’s dictates in order to follow her heart. She spoke truth to power, caught the old guard in the act of being obsolete and thereby changed the world. This musical reveals issues that continue to challenge modern nurses, such as hierarchy, sexism and bureau­cratic obsta­cles that limit nurses’ mission to heal and tend. 

Nightin­gale was first performed in a fully staged produc­tion in 2019 in the Seattle area for enthu­si­astic audiences of nurses and the general public. In 2020, the show will be performed for WSNA’s Leader­ship Confer­ence, King County Nurses Associ­a­tion and other programs. It will also be performed at two theaters in Seattle: West of Lenin and Youngstown Cultural Center. 

For showtimes, check out the schedule.

There’s still room to add more performances! #

Nursing and health care schools and other organi­za­tions are invited to apply to host perfor­mances, currently limited to the Seattle area, with more far-ranging venues possible. Host organi­za­tions can use perfor­mances of Nightin­gale as a spring­board for recruiting new nurses, celebrating and retaining current nurses, promoting their program in the local commu­nity and raising funds. The expense of hosting perfor­mances can be met with ticket sales, insti­tu­tional event funds, sponsor­ships and donations. For more infor­ma­tion, email