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News And Events

Don’t Miss Our Next Kansas City Tea & Literature Club Quarterly Meeting: October 9, 2017

Mark your calendar for the next meeting of the Kansas City Tea & Literature Club on Monday, October 9, 2017.

We will be reading Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. Join our group as we will be exploring the multi-faceted chai traditions of India and our dinner will be grilled tandoori chicken and coconut lime rice, and tasting chais. If you wish to bring an appropriate Indian side dish, please do! 

All ESU members and Friends of ESU are welcome and encouraged to attend our quarterly Tea & Literature Club.

We will be reading Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. Join our group as we will be exploring the multi-faceted chai traditions of India and our dinner will be grilled tandoori chicken and coconut lime rice, and tasting chais. If you wish to bring an appropriate Indian side dish, please do!

All ESU members and Friends of ESU are welcome and encouraged to attend our quarterly Tea & Literature Club.

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             Midwest Tea Festival           Returns for Two-Day Event

The Midwest Tea Festival returns to Kansas City for its third annual celebration of tea and tea culture featuring tea tasting, education and vendors September 9-10, 2017. This year, to accommodate the strong interest, the Midwest Tea Festival will be held on two days—Saturday and Sunday.

All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are invited to attend this two-day Festival celebrating everything that tea culture has to offer. 

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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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Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: The Language of Drama (1-week course) August 21-25, 2017

Study Abroad.  Return Home Inspired!

Teachers, educators, lifelong learners:  Study in the UK and have an unforgettable educational  experience!

Our English in Action-TLab programs will transport you to the famed campuses of England and Scotland where you will attend real classes with top professors at the University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, Shakespeare's Globe Theater, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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              Trevon Wainwright Wins                Third Place in 34th ESU        National Shakespeare Competition

Trevon Wainwright, a senior at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, won third place in the 34th Annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. Trevon impressed the judges and captivated the audience with his performance of King Henry from Henry V and his recitation of Sonnet 130.

The first place winner was Ogechi Egonu from San Francisco, CA. and second place was awarded to Brandon Burk from the ESU Kentucky Branch.

The Competition took place on May 1, 2017, on the Mitzi Newhouse Theater stage at Lincoln Center in New York City with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Trevon previously won the ESU Kansas City Branch competition.

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6th Annual British Gala Coming to KC!

Brits International, a Kansas City-based non-profit
organization, is hosting their 6th Annual British Gala KC. All ESU members and Friends of ESU are welcome 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!

Date:  Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location:  Ararat Shrine Temple
                    5100 Ararat Drive
                    Kansas City, Mo.
                    Click here for map

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            Taking Tea with Shakespeare

Join ESU Members and Friends

Enjoy a lovely afternoon of British Tea and scenes from Shakespeare presented by the Leawood Stage Company.

The English-Speaking Union cordially invites you and your guests to an afternoon of Taking Tea with Shakespeare This program is brought to you by the Leawood Stage Company, Magna Carta & Royal Arms DBE Chapters and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.

There is nothing so quintessentially British as taking afternoon tea while enjoying the literature of Shakespeare.

Tea and a vast array of delectable tea sandwiches, scones and sweets will be served by the Magna Carta & Royal Arms Chapters of the Daughters of the British Empire.

Sunday, April 23, 1:30-4:00pm

Oak Room, Leawood Community Center

(Lower level of Leawood City Hall)

4800 Town Center Drive

Leawood, KS.

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            Have You Ever Dreamed               of Studying at Oxford?

Worchester College, University of Oxford

"The Story and Future of English"


   
July 16 - 22, 2017

           $2, 950         


If you love English, if you love travel, if you love the UK and all things British...it's time for you to have the ultimate English experience. It's time for you to live life as a student at Oxford!

The University of Oxford is one of the greatest institutions of higher learning in the world, and studying at Oxford is a dream for every lover of English.

You can live that dream this summer with our week-long program, studying "The Story and Future of English."

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                 You Are Invited to                       An  ESU  Tea  Party  Fit  for  a  Queen

Save the Dates!

The English-Speaking Union will be celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's birthday with An ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen! All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend one of our biggest social gatherings of the year. An ESU Tea Party Fit For a Queen will again be held at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, MO.

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.

Save the Dates:
Friday September 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

Check back on our website in the near future for further details on purchasing tickets. 

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