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Up with People to Perform on OHS Stage (9/8-9/9), Serve in Community (9/4-9/11)


The multinational cast of Up with People is headed to the Chagrin Valley. Up with People (UWP), which has toured to 72 countries around the world during the last 52-years, will make the Chagrin Valley their 2nd stop on their 2017 tour. On Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September 9th at 7:30 pm Up with People will perform public shows at the Orange High School auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the Orange Area Service Committee. (For Tickets, click here)

While in the Chagrin Valley between September 4th and September 11th, 2017, Up with People will spend time participating in service projects and live with local host families. Up with People will have up to 50 local families hosting international cast members during their stay. 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, Mexico and Europe.

If you would be willing to serve as a host family, or know someone who could do so, for a cast member or two, a good number still are needed. It's not all that taxing and is an enjoyable cultural exchange experience. The cast will be here Sept. 4-11. You provide a place for them to sleep, some meals and some transportation (usually just dropping off and picking up at Orange High School or nearby there). Host families receive two complimentary tickets to the show. (For more information, click here)

The international cast of 100 will also complete more than 1,000 hours of community service reaching out to and supporting many local non-profit organizations and local schools such as the Gathering Place, Orange High School and many more! Community members are invited to join the cast to give back to their own communities. Volunteering is not the only way to get involved, if you or someone you know is between the ages of 17 and 29, local youth can apply to travel in future programs. In recent years, several Ohio natives have traveled the world with Up with People, including Orange High School graduate, Matt Freed.

Best known for their high-energy, upbeat, family-friendly entertainment, the cast of 100 participants representing 15 countries are participating in UWP’s international global education program for young adults. For nearly 50 years, the casts of Up with People have toured the globe performing for millions, including an unprecedented four Super Bowl halftime shows.

“The Journey will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Up with People, while acknowledging that UWP’s mission is an ongoing journey, and is as relevant in 2015 as it was in 1965,” explains Up with People Artistic Director and Producer Eric Lentz. “The show will feature historical highlights from throughout Up with People's existence, including pop medleys from the last 5 decades, and a medley of iconic UWP international dances. Original UWP songs will introduce timeless themes, and include messages of hope, movement, peace, and an overriding sense of motivation to go out and make a positive change in the world.” Lentz added.

Up with People's visit to the Chagrin Valley is made possible through the generosity of the Jarrett Family Fund and Orange High School.

The Orange Area Service Committee is a grassroots, non-profit organization committed to helping residents living within the communities covered by the Orange School District with basic needs in emergency situations. Whether the crisis is related to illness, hardship, job loss or property damage, our purpose is to help our neighbors by providing emergency financial assistance for medical bills, clothing, food, rent, academic needs or youth programs.

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

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