News And Events

News And Events

2020 National Winners Announced
In First Virtual Shakespeare Competition

The 2020 National Shakespeare Competition was unlike no other in its 37 years. After ESU Branches completed their own branch competitions and selected their first-place winners, the National Semi-Finals and Finals scheduled for April 27, 2020 in New York City had to be reconfigured from an in-person competition to a virtual competition due to COVID-19.

The ESU met this challenge and a virtual National Shakespeare Competition came together in record time. Many thanks to ESU's National Education Department headed by a remarkable team lead by Karen Karpowich, ESU's Executive Director; Betty Trevino Roth, Senior Manager, School and Teacher Programs; Annelise Nussbacher, Education Coordinator;  and Josh Keppel-González, Communications and IT Manager. Their teamwork, dedication and close coordination with 49 branches, 49 students, teachers, branch competition coordinators, judges and many sponsors made this 37th Annual National Shakespeare Competition a huge success.

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Let's keep the fun going and support our Kansas City Branch winner! A $1,000 People's Choice Award will be awarded to one lucky student. Sheridan Mirador is Kansas City's  Branch Winner. He is a senior at Center High School in Kansas City.

Click here to watch the video performances of 49 students who entered the 2020 National Shakespeare Competition. As you watch each of the students perform, be sure to watch Sheridan, he is #47

Here's how to vote: Text NSC and the number of your favorite student to 212-818-1200. There must NOT be a space between NSC and the number (example: NSC57)  Please only vote once. Additional votes from the same number will be discounted. And please do not call in; your vote will not count and your call will not be returned.

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Competition Update:
Sheridan Mirador,
Kansas City First Place Winner,
In Top 10 Finalists for
ESU National Shakespeare Competition

The ESU Kansas City Branch's First Place Winner, Sheridan Mirador, has moved up to one of the ten finalists in the 2020 ESU National Shakespeare Competition. Sheridan, a senior at Center High School in Kansas City, Missouri, is one of forty-nine students from ESU Branches throughout the U.S. who were semi-finalists in the National Shakespeare Competition. Sheridan's sponsoring teacher is Andrew Hanch, Center High School Theatre Teacher.

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ESU Kansas City Hosts 
Best-Selling Author Elizabeth St. John

Photo Gallery of Lecture and
Reception Fundraiser

The ESU Kansas City Branch was host to best-selling author, Elizabeth St. John, who made a one-day visit to Kansas City. Her historical fiction novel, The Lady of the Tower was the topic of her lecture at the Kansas City Public Library on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. 

Set in 17th Century England, St. John told a story of her real ancestor's life in the most famous prison in the world—The Tower of London. From first-hand accounts, memoirs and hidden archives, Elizabeth shared her ancestress' secret life in the Tower of London and gave a unique perspective to the history of 17th century England.

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Added Membership Value
for First-Time Members!

Even though our new membership year doesn't begin until July 1, 2020, there is an opportunity starting in the fourth quarter (April, May, June) for new members to take advantage of bonus months during their first year of membership. 

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All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend a British Tea celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 94th birthday AND The English-Speaking Union Kansas City Branch's 100th birthday. It will be one of our biggest social gatherings of the year.

The British tea will be held at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, Mo., in a stately 3-story, 5,000 square foot home built in 1913. The tea will include a variety of tea sandwiches, sweets, Brenda's signature scones, mock Devonshire cream, fine fruit butter or fruit jams and premium tea.  Our tea will include a special champagne toast to HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 94th  birthday and ESU's 100th birthday. We will again have our popular Trivia Quiz with a selection of fun prizes as well as some special door prizes.

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ESU Kansas City Branch Supports
Fine Arts Education Day at Mo State Capitol

Friends, during this period of uncertainty with the coronavirus health crisis, our members, families, friends and the public are of greatest concern. The Fine Arts Education Day program has been canceled for this year. We are sorry for this inconvenience and sudden change. The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education has committed to resuming this important arts program for Missouri schools next year.

The ESU Kansas City Branch will again be represented at the Fine Arts Education Day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

The purpose of Fine Arts Education Day is to highlight the importance of fine arts education in Missouri schools. This program is sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education which is a consortium of arts education associations that represent dance, theatre, music and visual art. By joining together, these organizations in Missouri speak with a powerful and unified voice about the importance of the arts in Missouri schools.

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Taking Tea with the Dragon: Ambassador in Beijing
Lecture: Sir Christopher Hum, KCMG

Former British Ambassador to China

Friends, during this period of uncertainty with the coronavirus health crisis affecting all of us, our members, families, friends and the public are of greatest concern. We are postponing the lecture program with Sir Christopher Hum and will reschedule this important program at a later date. We are sorry for the inconvenience and sudden change. Watch our website and Facebook for updates.

Sir Christopher Hum, former British Ambassador to China, will present an intriguing and timely lecture in Kansas City on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. This special lecture program is in partnership with The English-Speaking Union of Kansas City and the International Relations Council. The ESU and IRC are pleased to welcome Sir Christopher Hum to his first visit to Kansas City.

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ESU Celebrates 2020 British Gala

Friends, during this period of uncertainty with the coronavirus health crisis affecting all of us, our members, families, friends and the public are of greatest concern. The British Gala is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. We are sorry for the inconvenience and sudden change. Watch our website and Facebook for updates.

Brits International, a Kansas City-based non-profit organization, is hosting their 8th Annual British Gala KC. All ESU members and Friends of ESU are invited to attend this one-day festival of all-things-British!

The ESU Kansas City Branch will have an information table at the British Gala so be sure to stop by and say hello to our ESU volunteers!  Bring your family and friends as there is something for all ages!

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Next 1-week TLab Program at Stratford-upon-Avon

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