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ESU Festival Group Night

June 26 @ 8:00 pm 10:00 pm CDT

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 32nd season brings the political thriller Julius Caesar which is a true story of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The play tells the story of the conspiracy against Caesar, his assassination, and the defeat of his conspirators. As the world spins out of control, chaos and superstition lead to civil war. Julius Caesar is highly regarded for its incisive commentary on politics, ambition, and the power of rhetoric. This is a must-see production directed once again by Sidonie Garrett. ESU members and friends are invited to this special evening on Wednesday, June 26, 2024.Curtain is 8:00 pm.

This promises to be a spectacular production with lavish stage sets, colorful costuming, and featuring an all-star cast. Southmoreland Park is the perfect outdoor setting to bring Julius Caesar to life and share a beautiful evening in the park with friends and family.

When: Wednesday, June 26, Curtain is 8:00 pm

Where: Southmoreland Park, just west of the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

Seats: We will have reserved seats near the stage at a discounted group price.

Tickets: We have arranged a group discount price of $22.00 per seat. To purchase your tickets, click here and select number of chairs. In promo box use ESU24. You will receive an email confirmation. When you arrive at the Park, just tell the staff at the entrance you are part of the ESU Group and have a reserved seat.

6:00 PM—Gates open. 

6:30 and 7:15 PM—Pre-Show Parody: The Festival’s teen apprentice troupe called Team Shakespeare presents a hilarious parody of the Festival play. The parody will amuse both children and adults while helping them understand the plot of Julius Caesar. You will find the performance between the Festival Gate and the seating area. Two performances: 6:30 or 7:15 PM.

7:00 PM–Show Talk:  “Show Talk,” gives audiences an entertaining and educational preview of the play. Show Talk begins at 7:00 pm located near Festival entrance.

8:00 PM—This production runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission. 

Food Options

  • You may bring your own picnic basket with food and drink items of your choice.
  • You may purchase food and beverages from the various vendors at the park.
  • Other snacks are available too…funnel cakes, kettle corn, soft drinks, bottled water and more!

Parking: Allow yourself plenty of time to park and walk to the Festival’s entrance.  

Carpooling:  If anyone wants to use their car to carpool to reduce the number of cars, let us  know and we will pass along information so members can contact the carpool drivers to make pick up arrangements.

 Weather:  It’s usually very pleasant in the park by showtime. Watch forecasts and plan accordingly.

Friends of ESU and Guests:  If you have friends or relatives who would like to join our group at the discounted price, please feel free to invite them. 

Questions?: Call Ben Martin at (816) 522-8387. We hope to see you on June 26th at Southmoreland Park!