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'A Winter's Tale in Words and Song'

Performed by Bach Aria Soloists & 
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

The English-Speaking Union is about bringing English in Action. All ESU members and guests are invited to a wonderful program that does just that—brings English in Action.

On December 7, 2018, the Bach Aria Soloists and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival come together to present a special seasonal collaboration, A Winter's Tale in Words and Song. This extraordinary program combines scenes from Shakespeare's greatest plays with music composed by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Cecilia McDowall and more.

The talented musicians of the Bach Aria Soloists, led by Elizabeth Suh Lane, artistic director and violin, include Elisa Williams Bickers, harpsichord, Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano, and Hannah Collins, cello.

 

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Midwest Tea Festival Returns to
Kansas City
The Midwest's Original Tea Celebration

Attention All ESU Tea Lovers 

The Midwest Tea Festival returns to Kansas City for its fourth annual celebration of tea and tea culture featuring tea tasting, education and vendors September 8-9, 2018.

All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are invited to attend this two-day Festival.   What is a tea festival? Well, in short, it is a day all about tea. Learning about tea, tea preparation, tea culture and history and of course, tons of tea tastings! It's celebrating everything that tea has to offer!

The Midwest Tea Festival will feature a tea market with local, regional and national tea vendors and tea related arts and other merchandise, educational presentations throughout the day on various tea related topics, focused tasting café sessions with tea merchant experts, and tea tastings all day long. 

 

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Added Membership Value for First-Time Members!

Even though our new membership year doesn't begin for three months on July 1, there is an opportunity in this fourth quarter (April, May, June) for new members to take advantage of bonus months during their first year of membership. 

 

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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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English in Action!
ESU Festival Group Night
June 27, 2018   

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's 26th season brings to Kansas City audiences what is considered one of Shakespeare's best-known and timeless comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. You will chuckle, even LOL, at Beatrice and Benedick who throw satirical jabs back and forth. It has light, bubbly, and very clever dialogue that shows Shakespeare's comedic side so well.

If you like Shakespeare, or if you just like witty comedy, a beautiful evening in the park, and sharing with friends and family, then plan to join fellow ESU members and friends to experience the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's Much Ado About Nothing, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, directed by Sidonie Garrett.

This promises to be a spectacular production with lavish stage sets, colorful costuming and all of our favorite actors and actresses including: Mark Robbins as Leonato, Darren Kennedy as Benedick, Matt Rapport as Borachio; Cinnamon Schultz as Beatrice and Jan Rogge as Ursula just to name a few in this great cast!

 

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