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Homeschool Teen, Olivia Sloan, Wins First Place Kansas City Shakespeare Competition Next: Lincoln Center, New York City!

Olivia Sloan, a senior homeschool student in Kansas City, Missouri, won First Place in the English-Speaking Union's, Shakespeare Competition.  Her sponsoring teacher was Matt Rapport, Director of Education, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.  This was the 31st anniversary of the Shakespeare Competition for the ESU Kansas City Branch. 

 

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Ben Martin Awarded Missouri State Thespians 2015 Hall of Fame

Ben Martin, a member of the ESU Kansas City Branch for 16 years and a past ESU board member and treasurer, was recently inducted into the Missouri State Thespians Hall of Fame at their annual State Conference held at the Marriott Hotel in Kansas City January 8-10, 2015. 

Ben retiredfrom teaching high school theatre after 34 years, 18 of which were in the Lee's Summit school district.  Ben was an ESU Kansas City recipient of the British University Summer Scholarship program and is currently the Executive Director of the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education which is a non-profit representing arts education organizations, private citizens and companies that support arts education in Missouri schools.  Ben is also the president of the Summit Theatre Group, a local community theater group in Lee's Summit.

 

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Holiday Brunch

It's time for our Annual Holiday Brunch! Be sure to mark your calendar for this special occasion.  This is a festive gathering where we reflect on a great year of ESU activities, feast on award-winning food and even celebrate with traditional British Crackers.

When: Sunday, January 11, 2015
Time: 12 Noon
Where: Grand Street Café, 4740 Grand Avenue,
Kansas City, Mo.
Price: $27.00 per person,
all inclusive including gratuity

This Sunday Brunch has been acclaimed by food critics as one of the best in Kansas City.  It includes your choice of five entrees from a special Brunch menu, a selection of appetizers, salads, pastries/desserts and your choice of coffee or tea (a cash bar is optional).

We hope to see you on January 11, 2015!  Please call Jeff Schnabel at (816) 442-7007 if you have any questions. The entire ESU Board wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

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Missouri ESU Branches Supporting Fine Arts Education Day

The ESU St. Louis and Kansas City Branches were represented at the Fine Arts Education Day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.  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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Join Our ESU Group to a Free Screening of Downton Abbey Season 5

Join fellow ESU members and friends to a free screening of the first episode of Downton Abbey Season 5.

 This Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning hit drama returns for a fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate and it seems as though life has finally returned to normal for the Crawley family...at least for now. Get a sneak peek at the action about to unfold before it airs on January 4, 2015 on KCPT-TV in Kansas City.

 

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