Up with People coming to Vermillion Feb. 24

A multinational cast of Up with People is headed to Vermillion.  Up with People, (UWP) which has toured to 38 countries around the world during the last 44-years has announced that Vermillion will be a tour stop for Cast A 2010.  Their performance will take place at the Vermillion High School Auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for USD students, $6 for seniors and students and $14 for adults. Tickets are being sold at the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce.

Best known for their high-energy, upbeat, family-friendly entertainment, the cast and staff of 100 representing 20 countries is also participating in UWP's international global education program for young adults. 

Long before American Idol began discovering and refining new talent or High School Musical tapped into the exuberance of young ensemble casts, Up with People pioneered these attributes while touring the world with their optimistic message of global cooperation and goodwill.

"A Song for the World," UWP's latest production is a two-hour 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.  Audience members will be taken on a musical tour around the world and back in time with special moments including "The Love Medley," a collection of popular music and dancing moments from the last three decades on the theme of "boy meets girl." 

Throughout the show, international cast members will provide the audience with a glimpse of their own national traditions and cultures through music and dance with musical stops in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa.

While in Vermillion between Feb. 22-25, they will spend time participating in community involvement and service projects while staying with local host families. By the end of their five-month world tour, Cast A 2010 will visit two dozen communities throughout the central and western U.S., Mexico, and the Philippines.

Community service projects will take place on Feb. 23.  Up with People strives to become involved with local organizations and programs that are relevant and meaningful to the communities they visit and provide an opportunity for local students to join the cast members in the service activities.

A centerpiece of the 22-week program is the opportunity for UWP students to stay with local families during their stay in each community.  The sharing goes both ways…while families share their traditions and local attractions, the cast members share their experiences and cultures.  Local families in the Vermillion area are being sought to host the cast members between February 22-25 and are asked to provide local transportation at the beginning and end of each day as well as breakfast and most dinners.  Those interested are encouraged to contact Liz Davis at ldavis@upwithpeople.org.

Up with People's visit to Vermillion is sponsored by the USD Program Council, to benefit the students of USD.

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.

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