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Adventurer & Groundbreaking Reporter Nellie Bly (Portrayal)

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Step back in time as JoAnn F. Peterson masterfully transforms into one of history’s most extraordinary women, the daring and brave Nellie Bly, in a captivating first-person performance. JoAnn, known for her remarkable portrayals of iconic figures like Mary Lincoln, Shirley Temple Black, the Unsinkable Molly Brown, and Jenny Lind at The Villages, now brings to life this legendary adventurer and pioneering journalist.

Nellie Bly, a true “stunt” journalist, famously feigned insanity to infiltrate a “lunatic asylum” in 1887, raced around the world faster than any person of her era, became the first female war correspondent on the Eastern Front during WWI, and was a relentless advocate for women’s, worker’s, and children’s rights.

In this enthralling presentation, set in the year 1920, you’ll be transported into Nellie Bly’s remarkable world, exploring her incredible journeys and achievements. Following the portrayal, there’s an engaging Q&A session where JoAnn will answer questions both as Nellie Bly and in her persona as a dedicated researcher and performer.

JoAnn has had the honor of presenting as Nellie Bly in her hometown of Apollo, PA, and even at the U.S. Embassy in Prague. Prepare to be mesmerized by the stories of a woman who witnessed history and made it herself!


January 31
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Rohan Recreation Center
850 Kristine Way
The Villages, FL 32163
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