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ESU Festival Group Night June 19, 2019

Put June 19, 2019 on your calendar. This year, we are in for a special treat! The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival has selected the stage adaptation of the blockbuster movie, Shakespeare in Love at Southmoreland Park.

This is a play within a play, of sorts. The story goes like this—a young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty. This comedy/drama will not disappoint. (The original movie version of this play didn't win 7 academy awards for nothing!) This is a must-see production directed once again by Sidonie Garrett.

If you like Shakespeare, you will love Shakespeare in Love. If you don't like Shakespeare, you will love Shakespeare in Love! This is a perfect opportunity to bring family and friends to this witty comedy that is full of surprise plot twists.

This will be a beautiful evening in the park so plan to join fellow ESU members and friends to experience the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare in Love, Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

This will certainly be a spectacular production with lavish stage sets, colorful costuming and all our favorite actors and actresses including: Matt Schwader (as Will Shakespeare), Hillary Clemens, John Rensenhouse, Bruce Roach, Matt Rapport, Jan Rogge and Cinnamon Schultz just to name a few.

When: Wednesday, June 19, Curtain is 8:00 pm

Where: Southmoreland Park, just west of the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

Seats: We will have reserved seats near the stage!

Tickets: We have arranged a group discount for our reserved seats at a price of $22.00 per seat. To purchase your tickets, simply phone the Festival's office at (816) 531-7728. Tell them you are ordering a reserved seat(s) for the "ESU Group" so you will get the $22.00 discount price. You can pay over the phone by credit card. When you arrive at the Park, just tell the staff at the entrance you are part of the ESU Group and have a reserved seat. 

6:30 and 7:15 PM—Pre-Show Parody: The Festival's teen apprentice troupe called Team Shakespeare presents a hilarious parody of the Festival play. The parody will amuse both children and adults while helping them understand the plot of Shakespeare in Love. You will find the performance between the Festival Gate and the seating area. Two performances: 6:30 or 7:15 PM.

7:00 PM--Show Talk:  "Show Talk," gives audiences an entertaining and educational preview of the play. Show Talk begins at 7:00 PM. Gates open at 6:00.

Food Options—

        A. You may bring your own picnic basket with food and drink items of your choice. 

        B. You may purchase food and beverages from the various vendors at the park.

       C. Other snacks are available too…funnel cakes, kettle corn, soft drinks, bottled water and more!

Parking: Allow yourself plenty of time to park and walk to the Festival's entrance. 

Carpooling:  If anyone wants to use their car to carpool to reduce the number of cars, let us  know and I'll pass along information so members can contact the carpool drivers to make pick up arrangements.

Weather:  It's usually very pleasant in the park by showtime. Watch forecasts and plan accordingly.

Friends of ESU and Guests:  If you have friends or relatives who would like to join our group at the discounted price, please feel free to invite them. They should arrange for their reserved seats as stated above.  Be sure they mention that they are part of the ESU Group.

Questions?: Call Jeff Schnabel at (816) 878-1239

We hope to see you on June 19th at Southmoreland Park! 


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