About 100 members of the Up with People cast touring North America in 2015 will be in Statesboro for the week of
Aug. 24–31. While in Bulloch County, the cast will participate in various local service projects and live with local host families. On Friday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m., Up with People will perform a variety show at Statesboro High School for the public.
In the weeks leading up to the show, the Herald will introduce you to some of the cast members, who hail from around the US and the world, each Sunday.
Dennis Maurer, 23 — Switzerland
Dennis was in Switzerland six months ago, studying for his last semester of college to become a primary school teacher. After seeing the Up with People show, he decided that instead of looking for a job right away, he would travel the world to play music and experience a new lifestyle. What amazes him the most is how the world can become so small so quickly. For example, in Denver, he was living with a Mexican friend in an American family's home. He was able to share his experience with the cast and engage in conversations to learn about different places, languages and cultures. Today, Dennis is volunteering and performing in the same show that he was able to see when he was home.
Sofía Wolff Martínez, 17 — Bonn, Germany
Sofía is one of the youngest girls in the cast and has two native languages: Spanish and German. She is the only girl in her family of five. Her mom is from Spain, but her family lives in Germany — which is why she has two native tongues. One of the things that made her want to travel with Up with People is the variety of volunteer projects they do in the communities they visit. For her, host families are a great way to have a cultural exchange and learn new ways of thinking. Sofia thinks that having a mutual understanding of cultures is critical to achieve peace and acceptance in the world.
Logan Lohr, 18 — Chesapeake, Virginia
Logan grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, and moved to Orange, Virginia, when he was in sixth grade. In his freshman year of high school, Logan joined a cadet program and served as the Director of Leadership Development. During his junior year of High School, he went to an Up with People reunion with his mom's cast in her place after she had passed away in February of that year. His mom's cast accepted him as family right away, and that's when he decided to join Cast B15. Instead of joining the military after high school, Logan decided to travel with Up with People. So far, the experience has been amazing and more that he signed up for. Being onstage with people from 20 different countries is one of his favorite parts.