Up with People at VBHS Performing Arts Center

VERO BEACH — The multi-national cast of Up with People is headed to Vero Beach. Up with People, which has toured 38 countries around the world during the last 47 years, has announced that Vero Beach will be a stop on their 2013 tour.

On Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, at 7:30 p.m., Up with People will perform public shows at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center located at 1707 16th St.

Thanks to the McDonald/Cunningham Family Foundation, the proceeds from show ticket sales will benefit the Dasie Hope Center, the Gifford Youth Activity Center, and Vero Beach High School Pride, and anti-bullying programs.

General admission cost is only $15 for adults and $12 for students, seniors, and children under 12. Special patron seating is also available for $100 per person.

For tickets, please call the Box Office at (772) 564-5537 or visit the website www.UpWithPeople.org/VeroBeach.

Best known for their high-energy, upbeat, family-friendly entertainment, the cast of 120 participants representing 20 countries is 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 Jan. 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.’ Throughout the show, international cast members will provide the audience with a glimpse of their own national traditions and cultures through music and dance.

While in Vero Beach between Feb. 25 and March 4, Up with People will spend time participating in service projects and live with local host families. Up with People is currently recruiting families to host international cast members during their stay in Vero Beach.

The sharing goes both ways: while families share their traditions and local attractions, the cast members share their experiences and cultures. By the end of their five-month world tour, the cast will visit dozens of communities throughout the United States, Asia, and Mexico.

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, please visit www.UpWithPeople.org.

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