News And Events

News And Events

Last Will. & Testament – A Repeat Screening of the Documentary Film

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm--snacks; 6:30 pm—film;
8:00 pm--discussion
Where: KC Public Library, 4801 Main St.
Cohen Room, lower level
Admission: Free.  Please call
Deborah McArdle at (913) 492-8753 to RSVP

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Meet the Past with Ernest Hemingway

Mark the centennial of Union Station and be part of the studio audience when KCPT's Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with a young, brash, and bold Ernest Hemingway, portrayed by local actor Rusty Sneary, at Union Station's Regnier Extreme Screen Theater.

Hemingway credited The Kansas City Star for shaping his inimitable writing style even though he spent a scant six months with the newspaper as a cub reporter.

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Union Station's Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre
Admission: Free, however, Reservations are required.

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ESU KC Branch Hosts Prof. Jonathan Rose, Author & Historian

The ESU Kansas City Branch hosted a successful and well-attended lecture program from the Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series with the acclaimed author and historian, Jonathan Rose, Professor of History at Drew University.  The lecture was held at the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus at Grant Hall on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The free lecture was open to the public, educators and all students in the Kansas City Metro Area.

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Meet the Past with J.C. Nichols


The latest installment of the KC Library's popular TV series, Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III, spotlights the influential developer of Kansas City's Country Club Plaza, J.C. Nichols.

Kemper, the Library's director, will hold a public conversation with Nichols as portrayed by historian Bill Worley, who has appeared in previous Meet the Past presentations as Walt Disney, James Naismith, and Tom Pendergast. The presentation will be taped by KCPT-TV for later broadcast.

Developed by Nichols on what once was swampland on the south edge of Kansas City, the Plaza opened in 1923 as the nation's first suburban shopping district. His emphasis on quality construction, beautiful landscaping, and consistency in planning became a template for cities across the country.

When: Thursday, September 11, 2014,
Where: KC Public Library, Plaza Branch,
Admission: Free, however, Reservations are required.

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                         Welcome to                          the Kansas City Branch of the ESU

Dear ESU Members and Friends,

2016 was an exciting and special year for the ESU Kansas City Branch. The commemorations celebrating the 400-year legacy of William Shakespeare were so well received by members, friends of ESU and the general public. Our president in 2016, Deborah McArdle, lead the Kansas City Branch in all of our special Shakespeare 400 events and her enthusiasm set the tone for all of our programs. A well-deserved salute to Deborah for an extraordinary year as our president!

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ESU Kansas City Branch Supports Missouri Alliance for Arts Education

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education 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. 

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, the Mo. Alliance for Arts Education sponsored a Fine Arts Education Day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri.  This was the 10th year for the event at the Missouri State Capitol.  Schools and other education-based organizations participated in the event.  Vocal, instrumental, dance groups and theatrical presentations were held in the First Floor Capitol Rotunda and the South Steps of the Capitol building.

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Added Membership Value for First-Time Members!

Our ESU membership year begins July 1 and ends June 30 (this is also our fiscal year for financial reporting purposes).  In June, you'll be receiving membership renewal notices for our next membership year that begins July 1, 2014.

Even though our current fiscal year is nearly over, it is still a good time to bring in new members.  If a new member enrolls during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, that is, during April, May or June, their membership will carry over into the new fiscal year.  That means the new member gets one, two or three extra months in their first-year membership depending on what month in the fourth quarter they enrolled. This only applies to new members.

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Junior at Paseo Academy Wins First Place in Kansas City Shakespeare Competition. Next: New York City National Finals

The ESU Kansas City Branch held its 30th annual Shakespeare Competition on Sunday, February 16, 2014.  Thirteen students from the Kansas City metro area entered the Competition.  Makenna Lockhart, a Junior at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts won First Place.  Her sponsoring teacher was David Luby, Director of Technical Theatre at Paseo Academy.  The Competition was held at The Coterie Theatre at Crown Center in Kansas City for the first time.

Over 165 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.  Makenna, left, impressed the judges and captivated the audience with her performance of Phoebe from Shakespeare's As You Like It and her recitation of Sonnet 24.  She will go on to represent ESU's Kansas Branch as a semi-finalist at the National Shakespeare Competition held at Lincoln Center in New York City on May 5, 2014.  The ESU Kansas City Branch is one of 58 Branches competing in the National Shakespeare Competition in New York.

Click here to see photos from the competition

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Ben Martin, Kansas City ESU Board Member, On Panel to Select Recipients of 2014 Missouri Arts Awards

The Missouri Arts Council selected the recipients of the 2014 Missouri Arts Awards.  Individuals, organizations, and communities are recognized in the six categories of Arts Education, Arts Organization, Creative Community, Individual Artist, Leadership in the Arts, and Philanthropy.

Ben Martin, above, a long-time member of the English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch, and a current ESU Board Member, was one of seven panelists who selected the recipients of the 2014 Missouri Arts Awards.  Ben is also the executive director of Missouri Alliance for Arts Education and the president of the Summit Theatre Group, a local community theatre organization based in Lee's Summit, MO.  Click here to read the announcement listing the six recipients of the 2014 Missouri Arts Awards.


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