When the multinational cast of Up with People takes the stage at North Fort Myers High School in Fort Myers, Florida, on Sunday, February 17th at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m., audience members will find something for virtually every musical taste and interest.
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 good will.
Up with People’s all-new production is entitled “VOICES” which features the energy and talent of a cast and staff of 100 representing 20 countries. The live two-hour performance includes 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.'
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.
The old standards are still there. The show features medleys of popular music representing “voices” of the radio, video and digital generations; as well as a medley of international music from Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa. Woven throughout the show are original Up with People songs tying the theme of the show together, and showcasing the hope personified by the international cast of 100 performing together.
In addition to Fort Myers, Cast A 2013’s spring tour will include 20 cities in the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. On top of four Super Bowl halftime shows, casts have recently appeared at the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and during the opening celebration of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses’ Rose Parade in 2008 and 2011, which was estimated to have been seen by a television audience of more than 50 million.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, children, and seniors, $45 for a family four-pack, and $50 for Patron tickets. They will be on now sale at the Alliance for the Arts, North Fort Myers High School, and online at www.upwithpeople.org/fortmyers.
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 good will 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.