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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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