When the multinational cast of Up with People takes the stage at Barnstable High School on Thursday, September 11, at 6:30 PM, audience members will find something for virtually every musical taste and interest.
Long before “American Idol” and “The Voice” 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 current production is “Voices,” which features the energy and talent of a cast and staff of 100 young people between the ages of 17 and 29. The cast represents 15 different 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 theme of “Voices” is communication in today’s global climate. By the end of the show, Up with People hopes their audiences will feel empowered to connect, communicate and create positive change in their communities. The show will feature 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 performing together.
Cast member Ethan Brosnan is looking forward to performing on the Cape, where he has vacationed since he was a child. “I’m excited to be performing with the rest of my classmates in a community where I grew up,” said Ethan, a recent graduate of Providence College whose parents own a vacation home in Osterville. “It’s been an amazing experience,” he said of his tenure with Up With People. In addition to looking forward to stops in Mexico, Cuba and Europe, Ethan urged the local community to get involved and “learn everything they can about the group.”
Cast member Clyde Foxhall, who was with Up With People in 2012, the last time the group performed in Barnstable, is looking forward to returning to the Cape. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Clyde’s trip to Cape Cod in 2012 included his first experience swimming in salt water. “Our host family took us everywhere. We went to a beautiful beach. Back home we have only lakes.” Clyde hopes that people who weren’t able to see the performance in 2012 can make it to this latest production. “It will be a high energy, unforgettable show.”
Not only does Up With People put on a professional-grade show, they also perform community service in the places they visit. “If people see us out doing our community service, I hope they will stop and introduce themselves,” Clyde said. “We are all happy and willing to talk about what we do.”
In addition to the cast, crew members are looking forward to returning to the Cape area as well. On his last trip, production manager Miguel Samaniego from Tuscon, Arizona, recalled going whale watching with his host family. “To see the whales jump out of the water was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen in my life.”
Business manager Veronika Westermark from Sweden recalled being introduced to the term “wash-a-shore” and is looking forward to seeing her former host family at next Thursday’s show. “Cape Cod was one of my favorite stops on that particular tour with Up with People,” Ms. Westermark said. “I remember a line around the school building where we performed and a completely packed auditorium of audience members.”
Up with People’s visit to Cape Cod is sponsored by Rogers & Gray Insurance Inc. Rogers & Gray Charitable Foundation is the beneficiary of the show.
Tickets in advance are $15 for seniors/students/children, $20 for adults, $60 for a family of four (two adults and two children), and are on now sale at all Rogers & Gray Insurance branches and online at www.upwithpeople.org/CapeCod.
Tickets at the door, if they are available, will be $25.