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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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A screenshot of a cell phoneDescription automatically generatedSheridan Mirador, a senior at Center High School in Kansas City, Missouri, won First Place in the Regional Finals of the English-Speaking Union's, Shakespeare Competition in Kansas City. His sponsoring teacher was Andrew Hanch, Center Theatre Teacher. This was the 36th  anniversary of the Shakespeare Competition for the ESU Kansas City Branch.

Approximately 175 students participated in preliminary competitions in Kansas City area high schools. The ESU Kansas City Branch Competition was held on February 16, 2020, at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Kansas City, MO. 

Seventeen school winners from the Kansas City area schools participated. Sheridan impressed the judges and captivated the audience with his performance of Romeo in a  monologue from Romeo and Juliet and his recitation of Sonnet 138. He will go on to represent ESU's Kansas City Branch as a semi-finalist at the National Shakespeare Competition in New York City on April 27, 2020.

Click here for Photo Gallery from the Competition

Click here to see photos from the Kansas City Facebook Photo Album.


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ESU Kansas City Branch Announces
19 Schools in 36th Annual
2020 Shakespeare Competition

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Plaza Library, 4801 Main St.,
Kansas City, MO

The ESU Kansas City Branch, in its 100th birthday year, is thrilled to announce nineteen area high schools have entered the 2020 Shakespeare Competition. This is the largest group of high schools to enter the Competition in our 36 years of hosting the Competition in Kansas City. Congratulations to these schools and best of luck to each student representing their school.

Click here to see photos from the Kansas City Facebook Photo Album.


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Join Us for Our Annual Holiday Brunch:
Our 100th Birthday Celebration Begins

2020 is a historic milestone for The English-Speaking Union. Both the U.S. headquarters in New York City and the Kansas City Branch were founded in 1920. We are excited to celebrate our 100th birthday throughout 2020 and our first program pays tribute to Lt. Col. Marvin H. Gates who founded the Kansas City Branch of the ESU in 1920 and was our first Branch president.


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