When the multinational cast of Up with People takes the stage at Concord Carlisle Regional High School in Concord on Friday, September 14th at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, September 16th at 2:00 and 6:00pm, 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 goodwill.
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 themed around the power and the irony of communication in today’s global climate. From the freedom and connection given to the disenfranchised by social media, to the prospect of an electronic smile replacing a real one; and emerging through it all: the voices of a generation committed to justice and human dignity. By the end of the show, audiences will feel empowered to connect, communicate, and create positive change in their communities. They will have a new perspective on humankind, and will be inspired to !rise above the noises, and listen to the voices of the world!
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 Concord, Cast B 2012’s fall tour will include 20 cities in the U.S., Taiwan, the Philippines and Mexico. In addition to 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 $ 20 in advance for adults and $ 15 for students, seniors, and children; they are on sale now online at www.upwithpeople.org/concord.