News And Events

News And Events

Competition Update:
Sheridan Mirador,
Kansas City First Place Winner,
In Top 10 Finalists for
ESU National Shakespeare Competition

The ESU Kansas City Branch's First Place Winner, Sheridan Mirador, has moved up to one of the ten finalists in the 2020 ESU National Shakespeare Competition. Sheridan, a senior at Center High School in Kansas City, Missouri, is one of forty-nine students from ESU Branches throughout the U.S. who were semi-finalists in the National Shakespeare Competition. Sheridan's sponsoring teacher is Andrew Hanch, Center High School Theatre Teacher.

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ESU Kansas City Hosts 
Best-Selling Author Elizabeth St. John

Photo Gallery of Lecture and
Reception Fundraiser

The ESU Kansas City Branch was host to best-selling author, Elizabeth St. John, who made a one-day visit to Kansas City. Her historical fiction novel, The Lady of the Tower was the topic of her lecture at the Kansas City Public Library on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. 

Set in 17th Century England, St. John told a story of her real ancestor's life in the most famous prison in the world—The Tower of London. From first-hand accounts, memoirs and hidden archives, Elizabeth shared her ancestress' secret life in the Tower of London and gave a unique perspective to the history of 17th century England.

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Added Membership Value
for First-Time Members!

Even though our new membership year doesn't begin until July 1, 2020, there is an opportunity starting in the 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 Kansas City Branch Supports
Fine Arts Education Day at Mo State Capitol

Friends, during this period of uncertainty with the coronavirus health crisis, our members, families, friends and the public are of greatest concern. The Fine Arts Education Day program has been canceled for this year. We are sorry for this inconvenience and sudden change. The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education has committed to resuming this important arts program for Missouri schools next year.

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, April 1, 2020.

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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Taking Tea with the Dragon: Ambassador in Beijing
Lecture: Sir Christopher Hum, KCMG

Former British Ambassador to China

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. We are postponing the lecture program with Sir Christopher Hum and will reschedule this important program at a later date. We are sorry for the inconvenience and sudden change. Watch our website and Facebook for updates.

Sir Christopher Hum, former British Ambassador to China, will present an intriguing and timely lecture in Kansas City on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. This special lecture program is in partnership with The English-Speaking Union of Kansas City and the International Relations Council. The ESU and IRC are pleased to welcome Sir Christopher Hum to his first visit to Kansas City.

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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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