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Boro readies for Up with People experience
Cast, crew to arrive Aug. 24

The multinational cast of Up with People is in the middle of an international tour to mark the group’s 50th anniversary of helping and entertaining communities of all sizes.
    The Denver-based, non-profit organization is bringing their 18-month celebration to the world with more than 45 stops across the United States, Europe and Mexico. Statesboro is one of only 15 stops in the United States portion of the tour. The cast and crew will be in town Aug. 24-31, with a public show at Statesboro High on Saturday, Aug. 28.
    Tucson, home to the organization’s world headquarters for more than 25 years and current home of Up with People’s founder, J. Blanton Belk, was where the 50th Anniversary tour started.
    Up with People, which has toured more than 70 countries around the world during the last 50-years, most recently adding Israel and Cuba to the tour list. The Up with People cast also is going to Brussels, Belgium, Mexico City, Mexico, Munich, Germany, Orlando and back to their current home, Denver for a gala celebration.
    While in the Statesboro Aug. 24-31, Up with People will spend time volunteering to complete more than 1,000 hours of community service, live with local host families to share cultures and customs, interview Statesboro youth to travel in the future and of course perform the popular Up with People show. You can see their all new show, “The Journey,” on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at Statesboro High School! Tickets details are available at the Averitt Center for the Arts website.
    Best known for their high-energy, upbeat, family-friendly entertainment, the cast and staff of 100 students represents more than 20 countries. Part of Up With People’s commitment is to give it dozens of cast members an international global education program they can get nowhere else. For more than 50 years, the casts of Up with People have toured the globe performing for millions, including an unprecedented four Super Bowl halftime shows. Additional monumental performances by the group include a performance at the 1972 Munich Olympics following the tragic massacre of Israeli athletes and the group’s 2013 performance for Pope Francis.
    Announcements about the international cast’s activities in the Statesboro community will appear in the Statesboro Herald and on
    Up with People’s visit to Statesboro is supported by ticket sponsors Debbie and Lee Walker, Thigpen, Lainier,Westerfiel & Deal, CPAs; Ashley and Todd Manack, The Averitt Center, McCook’s Pharmacy, Statesboro Rotary Club, Statesboro Properties - Nick Propps, community partner Statesboro ENT & Sinus Center; with media support provided by Statesboro Herald and Northland Communications.
    Anyone interested in hosting a cast member or learning more about the program may contact Chelsea Glosser at (216) 258-8181 or

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