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DFW Shakespeare Competition

Our DFW Shakespeare Competition takes place at the Highland Park High School, 4220 Emerson Ave., Dallas, TX 75205, this Saturday February 23rd at 9am. All are welcome to attend. There will be our traditional after Competition luncheon at the City Cafe, 5757 W Lovers Lane, at approximately 11:30am in the Garden Room. There is complimentary valet parking in front of the restaurant.

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Welcome in the New Year Party

The ESU Christmas Party has been replaced with a Welcome in the New Year's Party which will take place on Saturday January 12th from 2 to 4 pm at Ruth Mader's home: 3012 Robin Road, Plano Texas 75075. Robin Road is 5 blocks north of Plano Parkway off Independence. You can take 190 from Hy 75 or the North Dallas Tollway and exit Independence and go north. Or take Coit or Preston north to Plano Parkway turn right to Independence and then left to Robin Road.

Dress is business casual. Cost is $25.00 and will be donated to use at our Shakespeare Competition. Open bar for cheer and food to ring in the New Year!


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Queen's Tea on June 10th, 2017

The English-Speaking Union
Dallas Branch

The Queen celebrates two birthdays every year. Her birth date is on April 21st and that is celebrated privately at the palace and her "official" birthday is celebrated on Saturday in June where she traditionally appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with members of the Royal family after the Trooping of Colors Ceremony is over. This is a tradition that was started by George II in 1748 and it owes its origins to the ageless problem of the English weather.

Our high Tea will be held at: 
Forestwood Tea Room
5333 Forest Lane
Dallas, Texas 75244


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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Alanna Stern  from Cedar Hill, TX, a student of Elizabeth Schmitt at Lakehill Preparatory School in Dallas, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Alanna previously won the ESU Dallas Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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April Event at The Lakewood Country Club

Our April Event at The Lakewood Country Club this last weekend was so well received by everyone that attended, that for those of you that missed it, you really did......miss it! Martha Tiller brought her own private and public photos from her time as Press Secretary to President LB Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson, along with special stories and insight to their ranch, parties and library.

A big "Thank You" to Betty Baskett for allowing us the use of the facilities at Lakewood Country Club. The hors d'oeuvres, steak and peach cobbler would have made LBJ very happy.


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