News And Events

News And Events

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: The Language of Drama (1-week course) August 21-25, 2017

Study Abroad.  Return Home Inspired!

Teachers, educators, lifelong learners:  Study in the UK and have an unforgettable educational  experience!

Our English in Action-TLab programs will transport you to the famed campuses of England and Scotland where you will attend real classes with top professors at the University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, Shakespeare's Globe Theater, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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              Trevon Wainwright Wins                Third Place in 34th ESU        National Shakespeare Competition

Trevon Wainwright, a senior at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, won third place in the 34th Annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. Trevon impressed the judges and captivated the audience with his performance of King Henry from Henry V and his recitation of Sonnet 130.

The first place winner was Ogechi Egonu from San Francisco, CA. and second place was awarded to Brandon Burk from the ESU Kentucky Branch.

The Competition took place on May 1, 2017, on the Mitzi Newhouse Theater stage at Lincoln Center in New York City with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Trevon previously won the ESU Kansas City Branch competition.

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6th Annual British Gala Coming to KC!

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!

Date:  Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location:  Ararat Shrine Temple
                    5100 Ararat Drive
                    Kansas City, Mo.
                    Click here for map

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            Taking Tea with Shakespeare

Join ESU Members and Friends

Enjoy a lovely afternoon of British Tea and scenes from Shakespeare presented by the Leawood Stage Company.

The English-Speaking Union cordially invites you and your guests to an afternoon of Taking Tea with Shakespeare This program is brought to you by the Leawood Stage Company, Magna Carta & Royal Arms DBE Chapters and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.

There is nothing so quintessentially British as taking afternoon tea while enjoying the literature of Shakespeare.

Tea and a vast array of delectable tea sandwiches, scones and sweets will be served by the Magna Carta & Royal Arms Chapters of the Daughters of the British Empire.

Sunday, April 23, 1:30-4:00pm

Oak Room, Leawood Community Center

(Lower level of Leawood City Hall)

4800 Town Center Drive

Leawood, KS.

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            Have You Ever Dreamed               of Studying at Oxford?

Worchester College, University of Oxford

"The Story and Future of English"


   
July 16 - 22, 2017

           $2, 950         


If you love English, if you love travel, if you love the UK and all things British...it's time for you to have the ultimate English experience. It's time for you to live life as a student at Oxford!

The University of Oxford is one of the greatest institutions of higher learning in the world, and studying at Oxford is a dream for every lover of English.

You can live that dream this summer with our week-long program, studying "The Story and Future of English."

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                 You Are Invited to                       An  ESU  Tea  Party  Fit  for  a  Queen

Save the Dates!

The English-Speaking Union will be celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's birthday with An ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen! All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend one of our biggest social gatherings of the year. An ESU Tea Party Fit For a Queen will again be held at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, MO.

Our ESU annual tea parties are very popular and have sold out for the last five years and we will have two seatings to accommodate all who want to attend.

Save the Dates:
Friday September 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

Check back on our website in the near future for further details on purchasing tickets. 

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            Next Kansas City Tea & Literature Club Quarterly Meeting:                    April 10, 2017

Mark your calendar for the next meeting of the Kansas City Tea & Literature Club on Monday, April 10, 2017. The book is The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. The tea tradition we will be partaking of is English and as such we will have a light supper of assorted tea sandwiches and scones. We will be reading aloud from The Importance of Being Earnest! 

All ESU members and Friends of ESU are welcome and encouraged to attend our quarterly Tea & Literature Club.

When: Second Monday of every third month. Next Club meeting: Monday, April 10, 2017

Time: 6:30-8:00 PM

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       Fine Arts Education Day Returns               To Missouri State Capitol

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, March 29, 2017.

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 See                      The Tempest

Produced by Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Directed by Sidonie Garrett

The Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union cordially invites all members and guests to a matinee performance of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. This is a script-in-hand performance and is produced by The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, directed by Sidonie Garrett.

When:  Sunday, March 26, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM

Where: Johnson County Community College
               Polsky Theatre in the Carlsen Center
               College Blvd. and Quivira Rd.
               Click here for map and free parking locations

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         Paseo Academy Senior Wins        First Place in 2017 Kansas City      Regional Shakespeare Competition                Next: New York City!

Trevon Wainwright, a senior at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts won First Place in the Regional Finals of the English-Speaking Union's, Shakespeare Competition in Kansas City, Mo. His sponsoring teacher was David Luby, Paseo Theatre Teacher. This was the 33rd anniversary of the Shakespeare Competition for the ESU Kansas City Branch.

Approximately 150 students participated in preliminary competitions in Kansas City area high schools as well as a competition for homeschool students sponsored by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. The ESU Kansas City Branch Competition was held on February 19, 2017, at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Kansas City, MO. 

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