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ESU Festival Group Night a Free Production of The Tempest

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival had to cancel their summer production of The Tempest at Southmoreland Park this year because of Covid concerns. But the good news is Heart of America Shakespeare Festival has teamed up with the Conservatory Division of UMKC Theatre and will produce The Tempest live, on-stage at the Spencer Theatre on UMKC's campus. And, best of all, admission will be FREE, with donations gratefully accepted at the door.

ESU members and friends are invited to attend The Tempest. We have selected Friday, September 24 at 7:30 pm to attend as an ESU Festival Group Night. However, we may not be able to sit together as a group due to social distancing.

Spencer Theatre Safety Requirements:

Audience seating will be socially distanced and audience members must be masked throughout the performance.

Tickets are free but registration is required so audience size can be managed. 

To register for your ticket(s) click here then select September 24, then click on "Tickets" then "Register" with your name and email address. Your free ticket(s) will be emailed to you. After registering, please call or email Jeff Schnabel so we have a list of those attending and we can look for you when you arrive. (816) 878-1239, email:

This will be an extraordinary production with a full cast of 17 actors plus three musicians. Sidonie Garrett, Executive Artistic Director, says, "Doing a Shakespeare play indoors means that we don't have to worry about weather, bugs, nor helicopters. It also means that we control the light! The production will have some similarities to the production had planned to do outdoors for the past two years; the scenic design is similar but has been adapted, the costumes have been adapted from their original design and of course, the cast will include both professionals and students.

Sidonie adds, "The scope allowed in Spencer Theatre and on that stage is significant and will allow for sizeable storytelling—17 actors plus three musicians creating a tempest at sea, magical creatures, goddesses, all in a story about betrayal and ultimately redemption. Greg Mackender and Amado Espinoza composed the music for the play and will play live onstage with Andrés Ramirez bringing percussion, keyboard, charango, bird calls, and several different kinds of native flutes from different cultures to the soundscape."

Location: Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO., on the UMKC Campus

Free parking is available in the surface lot just east of the theatre or in the covered garage west of the theatre.

If you have any questions, please call Jeff at (816) 878-1239 or email at:

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on..." Join us LIVE at Spencer Theatre on UMKC's campus for a FREE production of The Tempest.


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