Up With People performance set to inspire, bring hope

Up With People performance set to inspire, bring hope

CUMBERLAND – Area residents have the unique opportunity to see a cast of 100 young people from 15 countries spread their message of hope and unity this weekend, say representatives for Up With People.

The high-energy cast of young adults returns after a three-year hiatus with two shows that are also designed to inspire youths to be positive agents of change, said Michelle Aguirre, spokeswoman for Up With People.

The 100 young people traveling with Up With People are setting the example on service this week, volunteering on a number of projects in local communities.

During a pair of two-hour shows this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16, at 7 p.m., in the Cumberland High School Wellness Center, cast members will take the audience on “a journey through time, a journey through humanity, and a journey through region,” said Aguirre. Songs from the ’70s to today will be sung, and there will be dances performed from all over the world.

The Up With People original song is also part of the show, said Aguirre. The show is designed to draw attention to global issues without taking a stand, she said. It highlights what’s happening in the world and presents audiences with the option to get involved if they want to. Often, she said, this show sparks conversations.

All proceeds from the show go back to the Cumberland High School PTO, to fund scholarships and improve educational opportunities, said Aguirre.

All students in town for the performances have been placed with host families. Members of the group have been handing out fliers to their performance at a number of community events, including Saturday soccer games.

Up With People members are volunteering this week with educational workshops and other activities at B.F. Norton Elementary School, McCourt Middle School and Cumberland High School, as well as Cumberland’s senior center, Office of Children Youth and Learning, the Woonsocket Senior Center and Mount St. Charles Academy. Activities include an international fashion show and world dance class.

Tickets to Friday and Saturday’s performances are $15, with $50 VIP tickets, with a reception, available for the Friday night show.

Advance tickets can be purchased at:

• Re/Max, 2077 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland

• The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln

• Chan’s Restaurant, 267 Main St., Woonsocket

• Mount St. Charles Academy, 800 Logee St., Woonsocket

• WOON 1240, 985 Park Ave., Woonsocket

• Cumberland Town Hall, 45 Broad St., Cumberland

• Or from all Cumberland School District PTOs.

Tickets may also be purchased online at www.upwithpeople.org/NorthernRI . It’s recommended to buy tickets in advance.

Michelle Aguirre, spokeswoman for Up With People.