Up With People released a press release stating it will bring its cultural show to Harrisonburg for a series of performances scheduled October 25-November 6. The performances will benefit the Harrisonburg Childrens Museum.
Press Release: When the multinational cast of Up with People takes the stage at Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg on Thursday, October 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 31 at 4 p.m. audience members will find something for virtually every musical taste and interest. [A special show is scheduled at the new Forbes Center – more information soon]
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.
Up with People’s all-new production is entitled “A Song for the World” which features the energy and talent of a cast and staff of 90 representing 17 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.
“A Song for the World is really about possibility”, explains Up with People Producer/Director Eric Lentz. “Our goal is to leave our audiences with a sense of believing that each and every one of them has gifts and talents to share. Their song for the world – their ability or skill – may be healing the sick, building a home for the needy, teaching the young. By shining our spotlight on the people and organizations in Harrisonburg and the great work they do, we hope to inspire our audience members to get out and share their gifts – get involved in their own unique way,” Lentz added.
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 Sound of Peace” is a poignant moment when the Up with People cast will be joined on stage by children from a local children’s group to sing this moving ballad that ends with the lyric, “If you listen to our voices with your heart, you’ll hear the sound of peace.”
Several new numbers have been added to the show to speak to young people in their style of music and dance including “Sing Your Song,” “One Person” and “Arm Yourself” from top-selling music producer and UWP alumni Angel Cortes.
In addition to Harrisonburg, Cast B 2010’s fall tour will include 20 cities in the U.S., Mexico, and the Taiwan. In addition to four Super Bowl halftime shows, casts have recently appeared at the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and as the Opening Act for the 2008 Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA.
Tickets prices for adults are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Student and senior ticket are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. There is also a family four-pack for $35. Tickets are now on sale at www.upwithpeople.org/Harrisonburg.
Up with People’s visit to Harrisonburg is sponsored by Endless Horizons, Shentel Communications, PBGH and Fred Showker. All proceeds from the shows will benefit the Harrisonburg Children’s Museum.
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.
For More Information Contact:
Erin Parrott, Promotions Representative
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