SUNDAY, August 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm

"What do you mean I can't because I'm a Woman?"


"Nellie Was a Lady"

originally aired August 29, 1943


"That Powell Girl"

Originally aired Decem,ber 16, 1946

"What do you mean I can't because I'm a woman?"
For many years, women have been stopped from following their dreams, from doing things they love, and from working in professional jobs.
History also is packed with amazing women who wouldn't take no for an answer, who insisted that they could do anything men could do, and perhaps even better.
Take Nellie Bly, for example. In 1885 she was hired by the city newspaper to report on the latest gossip and social events. But that wasn't her style. She wanted to make a difference. She wanted to do something big. And her unconventional methods catapulted her into fame-exposing crooked politicians and corrupt mental institutions, challenging the wealthy and self-proclaimed privileged and not backing down from any challenge. And when that was done, she did something that no woman, or man, had ever done before. And what happened next literally took her around the world.
Then there was Maud Powell. As a young girl in 1876 she wasn't content with simply playing the piano as other good girls did. She fell in love with the violin and wanted to play it more than anything in the world. But only young men played the violin. Not only that, but the best school in the world only accepted boys. Without the money to travel to Germany and for tuition, nor the permission, the odds were stacked against her. But then her passion and talent inspired others and something amazing happened. Something that helped her become the first female violinist and literally took her around the world.
And to continue our celebration of Great Women in our History, we will recreate these two episodes of "Cavalcade of America" live, on stage, with some pretty amazing women of our own.
It all happens Sunday, August 5 at 2:00 at the Oak Park Arms.

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Presents…

Cavalcade of America: Great Women around the world

All performances at:

The Oak Park Arms
408 South Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear is a radio troupe comprised of professional actors and voice-over artists and has been providing top-notch entertainment to Oak Park Arms residents and the near by community for 14 years.


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