ESU Kansas City Branch

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Dear ESU Members and Friends,

2016 was an exciting and special year for the ESU Kansas City Branch. The commemorations celebrating the 400-year legacy of William Shakespeare were so well received by members, friends of ESU and the general public. Our president in 2016, Deborah McArdle, lead the Kansas City Branch in all of our special Shakespeare 400 events and her enthusiasm set the tone for all of our programs. A well-deserved salute to Deborah for an extraordinary year as our president!

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News And Events

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

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, March 28, 2018.

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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Study Abroad. Return Inspired

Educators and lifelong learners: Study in the UK for an unforgettable immersive experience! Live and learn on the famed campuses of England and Scotland or take a deep dive into Shakespeare -- exploring his hometown or standing on the stage of the Globe. Lose yourself in our short (one-week) and intensive (two- to six-week) courses and explore the history while soaking up the culture for a truly comprehensive learning experience.


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ESU Celebrates 2018 British Gala

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!


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Lincoln College Prep Student Wins First Place in ESU Kansas City’s 34th Annual Shakespeare Competition

Lucy Mulholland, from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, Mo., won First Place in the Regional Finals of the English-Speaking Union's, Shakespeare Competition in Kansas City, Mo. Her sponsoring teacher was Auriel Keim. This was the 34rd anniversary of the Shakespeare Competition for the ESU Kansas City Branch.

Approximately 125 students participated in preliminary competitions in Kansas City area high schools as well as a competition for homeschool students sponsored by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. The ESU Kansas City Branch Competition was held on February 25, 2018, at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Kansas City, MO. 


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ESU Announces Thirteen Area High Schools in 34th Annual Shakespeare Competition


Deborah McArdle, Vice President and Shakespeare Competition Coordinator for the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, announces the thirteen area high schools who have entered the Competition.


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