‘Up with People’ is coming to South King County Sept. 20-21
The multinational cast of Up with People is headed to south King County, with a stop at the Auburn Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday Sept. 20 and 21.
Up with People (UWP), which has toured to 38 countries around the world during the last 47-years, will start their show at 7.30 p.m. both nights. The proceeds from show ticket sales will benefit various charities supported by community Rotary Clubs.
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Best known for their high-energy, upbeat, family-friendly entertainment, the cast of 100 participants representing 20 countries are participating in UWP’s international global education program for young adults. For over 45 years, the casts of Up with People have toured the globe performing for millions, including an unprecedented four Super Bowl halftime shows. On January 1, 2011, Up with People produced and performed, for the second time in three years, during the opening celebration of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses’ Rose Parade which was estimated to have been seen by a television audience of more than 50 million.
Long before Glee, American Idol and High School Musical, Up with People created the genre of high- energy entertainment performed by an ensemble of talented young people from around the world. The show is an international collaboration of music, dance and genuine energy with a message of hope and goodwill across nations. This electrifying stage show will move your feet, stir your soul and touch your heart.
Voices, UWP’s latest production, is a performance featuring both original and popular music and is a dynamic blend of feature soloists, full cast production numbers, fast-moving choreography and colorful costumes. Voices is inspired and motivated by recent worldwide events and features medleys of popular music, international music and of course, Up with People original music. The aim is to leave the audience feeling empowered to connect, communicate and create positive change in their communities; to ‘…rise above the noises, and listen to the voices of the world.’
While in King County between the 16th and 23rd, Up with People will spend time participating in service projects and live with local host families. Families are being sought by Up with People advance team members to house one or more students from Cast B 2013, the 100-member Up with People cast which represents 20 countries for the week. “It is a great opportunity to experience other cultures while sharing your own,” explained Lorna Murphy.
The opportunity to stay with local families during their stay in each community is a centerpiece of Up with People’s 22-week program. The giving goes both ways; while families share their traditions and local attractions, the cast members also share their experiences and cultures.
Local host families are asked to provide a bed, local transportation at the beginning and end of each day, as well as breakfast and most dinners. While gone during the day, participating in regional learning, community service and show preparation, most evenings cast members will be home with the family to participate in their activities and interests.
In addition to many wonderful experiences with their new “son” or “daughter,” each host family will receive two complimentary tickets to the Up with People’s newest production Voices!
“I can honestly say that the dozens of families who have opened their homes to me during my time with Up with People is one of the most meaningful and memorable experiences I have had,” said Lorna Murphy. I still stay in contact with many of them and I believe they will remain lifelong friends,” she added.
Those with smaller children or young teens in their home often find that the Up with People cast members are wonderful role models and provide a glimpse into other countries, cultures and traditions they might not often experience in King County, Murphy added.
Local families in the King County area are being sought to host the cast members between the 16th and the 23rd of September. Those interested in hosting are encouraged to contact Lorna Murphy on the King County Advance Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 303.681.1295
Up with People’s visit to King County is sponsored by your community Rotary Clubs. Their local charities are the beneficiary of the show.
Up with People is continuously seeking young leaders who are ready for this unique and life-changing experience. Everyone knows someone who is perfect for Up with People… who do you know? Is it you? A neighbor? A friend? Learn how you or someone you know can travel the world, earn college credit and make a difference in Up with People by visiting www.upwithpeople.org or calling 303.460.7100.
Up with People is an independent nonprofit, [501(c)(3)] organization without any religious or political affiliations. It provides young adults an international and intercultural experience that teaches service leadership and uses the performing arts to deliver messages of hope and goodwill throughout the world. Up with People exists today to spark people to action in meeting the needs of their communities, countries and the world while building bridges of understanding as a foundation for world peace. For more information visit www.upwithpeople.org.