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Kansas City’s 37th Annual Virtual Shakespeare Competition Program

We are excited to announce the First, Second and Third-Place winners of the Kansas City Branch's 37th Annual Shakespeare Competition. Don't miss our virtual program on April 21 at 5:00 pm which will include the videos of the seven students' performances at this year's Competition and live commentary from the judges. Everyone is cordially invited to this April 21 free virtual program, but registration is required. You are encouraged to register now.

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Seven students submitted video entries which were judged by our distinguished judges, Sidonie Garrett, Executive Artistic Director of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Melinda McCreary, Director of Education and Community Programs at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Mark Robbins, a professional actor and director with more than 170 professional roles to his credit. The judges have selected our winners:

First Place winner is Aliyah Pullin from Olathe South High School. Lauren Hannon is the sponsoring teacher. Second Place winner is Sofia Hughes from Blue Valley High School. Maureen Davis is the sponsoring teacher. Third Place winner is Maggie Herber from Shawnee Mission South High School. Her sponsoring teacher is Mark Swezey. Read more.


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Vote for Your Favorite Shakespeare Competition Performer

Deadline to Enter: April 23 at 11:00 PM (CDT)


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.

 Click here to watch the video performances of 39 students who entered the 2021 National Shakespeare Competition. As you watch each of the students perform, be sure to watch Aliyah, she is #17.

 How to join in the fun:

 1. Click on the link above to see performance videos from all of our branch champions on the 2021 ESU National Shakespeare Competition YouTube Channel. Each performer has been assigned a number.

 2. Using your mobile phone, text "NSC" and the number of your favorite performance to 212-818-1200 (example: NSC17)

 3. Remember to watch our Kansas City First Place Winner: #17 Aliyah Pullin. She had an amazing performance!

You will receive a return text confirming that your vote has been received. Read More.


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ESU Happy Hour

Are you Using English Correctly?
The Art of Rhetoric and Prose
April 14th, 2021 at 5:00pm CDT

ESU Boston Vice-President Roger Stacey interviews Ward Farnsworth, author of "Classical English Style", on the rhetorical figures that can make words more emphatic, memorable, and effective. This interview will explore the timeless principles of rhetoric from Ancient Greece to the present day, drawing on examples in the English language of consummate masters of prose, such as Lincoln, Churchill, Dickens, Melville, and Burke.

This is a free Happy Hour program, but registration is required. Read more.

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ESU Kansas City Branch Announces 10 Schools in 37th Annual 2021 Shakespeare Competition

The ESU Kansas City Branch is pleased to announce that ten area high schools have entered the 2021 Shakespeare Competition. This year will be the first that the ESU Kansas City Branch is holding a virtual Shakespeare Competition due to COVID-19 restrictions. Each winner of a school competition will record a performance of a monologue from one of Shakespeare's plays and one of Shakespeare's sonnets, and three Kansas City Branch judges will view those videos to select the Branch winner to represent the Kansas City area in the ESU national competition. In 2020, the ESU national competition used this video format for the first time.

Congratulations to these schools and their teachers for their perseverance, and best of luck to all of the students competing in their school competitions

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You Are Invited to a Virtual Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Churchill's "Sinews of Peace" Speech

Churchill Warned Against the Dangers of the "Iron Curtain"

America's National Churchill Museum will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill's "Sinews of Peace" address, commonly known as the "Iron Curtain" speech, on March 5-6, 2021, when the world will be invited to a free, virtual commemoration, live from the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Dignitaries, leaders, and members of the Churchill family will participate from all parts of the world for what promises to be a memorable celebration.

The livestreamed program will begin on Friday, March 5 at 10:00 am (CST) and events will continue until 3 pm (CST). 

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