‘Up With People’ Arrives In Sioux Falls Ahead Of Sunday Performances

“Up With People” is a name known across the world. The group has been around for 51 year and features 100 cast members from many countries.

They will be spending the week in Sioux Falls, helping out the community, ahead of their upcoming performances on Sunday at O’Gorman High School. During those performances they will share an important message using music.

On Tuesday, some of the cast members from Up with People joined Kevin Hurd on KDLT News Today. They include: Miguel Samaniego, Violette Defourt and Lenize Dos Santos.

There are 100 cast members representing 20 different countries around the world.
While in Sioux Falls between March 7 and March 14, 2016, Up with People will spend time participating in service projects and live with local host families.

“We’ll have a small group at the Dudley House and hospitals interacting with patients,” Samaniego said.

On Sunday, the group will perform at O’Gorman High School at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. “The Gift of Hope Concert featuring Up with People’s brand new show, 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 2016 as it was in 1965,” explains Up with People Executive 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.

Tickets to the Gift of Hope Concert range from $5 to $20 for General Admission ticket. All are encouraged to purchase $50 Patron Reserved tickets, which include preferred seating and a special reception with the Up with People cast.

Up with People’s visit to Sioux Falls is presented by Avera Health and benefits Catholic Family Services Gift of Hope Fund. Catholic Family Services of Eastern South Dakota produces The Gift of Hope Concert annually and is proud to bring in Up with People as a part of this year’s event.

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