When the multinational cast of Up with People takes the stage at Mountain View High School in Marana this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21 and 22, audience members can expect something for virtually every musical taste and interest.
Up With People tapped into the exuberance of young talent long before "American Idol" or "High School Musical," "touring the world with their optimistic message of global cooperation and goodwill," a release said.
Its all-new production is entitled "A Song for the World," featuring the energy and talent of a cast and staff of 90 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," the release continued.
"A Song for the World is really about possibility," explained 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 Marana 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.
Throughout the show, international cast members 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.
In addition to Marana, Cast B 2010's fall tour includes 20 cities in the U.S., Taiwan and Mexico. 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 from Pasadena.
Up with People's visit to Marana is sponsored by Marana Education Foundation.
Up With People
A Song for the World
Saturday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 22, 2 and 7 p.m.
Mountain View High School auditorium
Tickets are $20 for adults, $14 for students and children. They are on sale at http://www.upwithpeople.org/Marana">www.upwithpeople.org/Marana.