News And Events

News And Events

ESU Celebrates 2020 British Gala

Friends, during this period of uncertainty with the coronavirus health crisis affecting all of us, our members, families, friends and the public are of greatest concern. The British Gala is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. We are sorry for the inconvenience and sudden change. Watch our website and Facebook for updates.

Brits International, a Kansas City-based non-profit organization, is hosting their 8th Annual British Gala KC. All ESU members and Friends of ESU are invited 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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Next 1-week TLab Program at Stratford-upon-Avon

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A screenshot of a cell phoneDescription automatically generatedSheridan Mirador, a senior at Center High School in Kansas City, Missouri, won First Place in the Regional Finals of the English-Speaking Union's, Shakespeare Competition in Kansas City. His sponsoring teacher was Andrew Hanch, Center Theatre Teacher. This was the 36th  anniversary of the Shakespeare Competition for the ESU Kansas City Branch.

Approximately 175 students participated in preliminary competitions in Kansas City area high schools. The ESU Kansas City Branch Competition was held on February 16, 2020, at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Kansas City, MO. 

Seventeen school winners from the Kansas City area schools participated. Sheridan impressed the judges and captivated the audience with his performance of Romeo in a  monologue from Romeo and Juliet and his recitation of Sonnet 138. He will go on to represent ESU's Kansas City Branch as a semi-finalist at the National Shakespeare Competition in New York City on April 27, 2020.

Click here for Photo Gallery from the Competition

Click here to see photos from the Kansas City Facebook Photo Album.

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ESU Kansas City Branch Announces
19 Schools in 36th Annual
2020 Shakespeare Competition

Sunday, February 16, 2020
NEW START TIME: 1:30 PM
Plaza Library, 4801 Main St.,
Kansas City, MO

The ESU Kansas City Branch, in its 100th birthday year, is thrilled to announce nineteen area high schools have entered the 2020 Shakespeare Competition. This is the largest group of high schools to enter the Competition in our 36 years of hosting the Competition in Kansas City. Congratulations to these schools and best of luck to each student representing their school.

Click here to see photos from the Kansas City Facebook Photo Album.

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Join Us for Our Annual Holiday Brunch:
Our 100th Birthday Celebration Begins

2020 is a historic milestone for The English-Speaking Union. Both the U.S. headquarters in New York City and the Kansas City Branch were founded in 1920. We are excited to celebrate our 100th birthday throughout 2020 and our first program pays tribute to Lt. Col. Marvin H. Gates who founded the Kansas City Branch of the ESU in 1920 and was our first Branch president.

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ESU Holiday Dinner Theatre Program:
Winter Wonderettes

ESU cordially invites all members and Friends of ESU to a fun, holiday Dinner-Theatre program on Thursday, December 12, 2019. The Summit Theatre Group presents a holiday favorite "Winter Wonderettes." The musical is directed by our own Ben Martin and music direction by Ben's wife, Roxanne, both long-time ESU members.

Winter Wonderettes was created as a sequel to the long-running Off-Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes. It has been produced in cities all over the U.S. to sellout crowds and now we will be treated to this delightful holiday musical revue with a delicious dinner added to the package.

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ESU Participates in International Relations Council’s 2nd Annual “Your Global Future” for High School Students and Teachers

The English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch was one of over 50 vendors who participated in the International Relations Council's second annual "Your Global Future" event at Bartle Hall Convention Center in Kansas City on October 29, 2019. Jeff Schnabel, ESU's Programming Chair had an information table and met with many students and teachers describing some of our educational programs that could have interest to students and  teachers.

IRC invited high school students from the Kansas City metro area to attend this special opportunity for them to meet local organizations, universities and businesses about international education and professional opportunities available to them.

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ESU Members and Guests Are Invited to Celebrate the 34th Annual British Faire

The British Are Coming!  All ESU members and guests are invited to the 34th Annual British Faire and Tea.  This fun event is sponsored by the Daughters of the British Empire in Kansas. This annual fundraising event benefits retirement communities and local charities. Some of the events and activities at the British Faire

  • Traditional British Afternoon Tea
  • Lots of home-baked goods    
  • The best local British vendors
  • Antiques
  • Crafts, Celtic jewelry
  • Books
  • Specialty food and cheeses
  • Christmas Crackers
  • Teas                     
  • Children's activity room

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Registration Begins for Kansas City Area
High Schools in 36th Annual
Shakespeare Competition

All Kansas City area high schools are invited our 36th annual Shakespeare Competition. The Competition is open to all high school students grades 9-12. Homeschool students are also welcome to enter. If you are a Theatre, English, Forensics or Debate teacher, we encourage you to enter your school in this exciting competition.

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The Questionable Identity
of William Shakespeare

The question may be met with chagrin by traditionalists, but to some, the identity of William Shakespeare is not positively decided. Dr. Felicia Hardison Londré, Ph.D, presents a thought-provoking analysis on the Shakespeare authorship question. This free lecture program, titled "The Questionable Identity of William Shakespeare," is at 3:30 pm on Monday, November 4, 2019, at Miller Nichols Library Learning Center, Room 451, UMKC Campus.

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