The multinational cast of Up with People is headed to Fort Myers, Florida. The last time that Up with People came to the city was in 1998.
Up with People will perform two public shows at the North Fort Myers High School on February 17th at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. and will complete hundreds of combined hours of community service in the area during their one-week visit which starts February 11.
Best known for their high-energy, upbeat, family-friendly entertainment, the cast of 100 performers 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.
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 good will 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 Fort Myers between February 11 and 18, Up with People will spend time participating in service projects and live with local host families. The Up with People Advance Team is currently recruiting families to host international cast members during their stay in Fort Myers. 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 will make an impact in the Fort Myers community through hundreds of volunteer hours. Some of the service projects include volunteering at the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida, Inc, among others.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, CLK Festivities, and Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) are sponsors for Up with People’s upcoming visit. The proceeds from the shows will be donated to three local beneficiaries: Harry Chapin Food Bank, Lee County Alliance for the Arts and Edison Festival of Light.
The media sponsors for the event are Renda Broadcasting, Waterman Broadcasting, and the News-Press Media Group.
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.