ESU Kansas City Branch

                         Welcome to                          the Kansas City Branch of the ESU

Dear ESU Members and Friends,

2016 was an exciting and special year for the ESU Kansas City Branch. The commemorations celebrating the 400-year legacy of William Shakespeare were so well received by members, friends of ESU and the general public. Our president in 2016, Deborah McArdle, lead the Kansas City Branch in all of our special Shakespeare 400 events and her enthusiasm set the tone for all of our programs. A well-deserved salute to Deborah for an extraordinary year as our president!

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News And Events

                      Join Our Annual            ESU Queen’s Birthday Tea Party

All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend one of our biggest social gatherings of the year—our annual Queen's Tea. Not only will we be celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday but we will also celebrate the Queen and Prince Phillip's 70th wedding anniversary this year. This will be an ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen!

Our ESU annual tea parties are very popular and have sold out for the last five years and we will have two seatings to accommodate all who want to attend.

 

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ESU Lecture and Tea with a British Lord

The Rt. Hon. Lord Alan Watson, award-winning BBC broadcaster, Vice President of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth (UK), and acclaimed author, will give a lecture on Friday, November 10, 2017, and Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, MO. Both lectures will be preceded by a full English Tea. Lord Watson's lectures and teas are sponsored by the English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch. The public is cordially invited to attend this lecture and tea program. Details below.

Lord Watson's lecture is inspired by his newly published book, "Churchill's Legacy: Two Speeches to Save the World." He will describe how Winston Churchill wielded his influence in post-war politics to enable the restoration of Europe through two key speeches in 1946. Having first helped bring victory to the Allies in 1945, Churchill went on to preserve the freedom of the world by gaining the support of the United States in the restoration of Europe.

 

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2017 Annual Conference - Louisville, KY Oct 28-30

The English-Speaking Union welcomes all members for a weekend in Louisville, Kentucky October 28-30 for the 2017 Annual Conference. This year's conference will further develop and define English in Action as the banner under which the ESU employs English as a medium for peace and understanding in a shrinking, turbulent world. It will include presentations, speakers, social events, camaraderie and updates on our efforts nationwide to fulfill our programs supporting teachers, students and recent immigrants. The cost of the conference is $370 with an optional day of events for $100.

The venue for the conference will be the legendary Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. A centerpiece of Louisville since its construction in 1923, The Brown will provide an elegant and historic foreground to the weekend's proceedings.  Register here. 

 

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The ESU and Shawnee Mission North Welcome Back Nathan Darrow to Kansas City!

 

Meet & Greet Nathan!

The English-Speaking Union of Kansas City invites Shakespeare Competition teachers and current or past competition students to lunch with Nathan Darrow.  A 1994 Shawnee Mission North graduate, Nathan Darrow, who lives in New York, has returned to Kansas City to play the title role, Hamlet, for the Heart of America's Shakespeare Festival's 25th annual summer production.

 

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        ESU Festival Group Night                    June 28, 2017

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's 25th season brings to Kansas City audiences what is considered by many scholars as Shakespeare's greatest play—Hamlet. Indeed, some scholars go further to proclaim Hamlet is the greatest play ever written by any playwright!

Nathan Darrow, a Kansas City native and Shawnee Mission North graduate, stars in the title role. Hamletis the story of a young prince torn between his dual roles of ruler and son, between introspective moral questioning and swift action.  It is also a story about the human spirit and the difficulties that can result when we experience internal conflict.

 

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