HAMILTON — Up With People invites you to take a tour around the world with them this weekend.

A cast of 100 students from 19 countries will perform at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School tomorrow and Saturday night. The show, titled “Voices,” promises to be an energetic, family-friendly evening with a theme of building bridges between cultures, said Veronika Westermark, marketing and promotions coordinator for Up With People.

The Denver-based nonprofit produces touring shows with young people, ages 18 to 29, from all over the world, with a goal of fostering international relations and global education. Up With People cast members have been staying with North Shore host families this week.

This weekend’s shows will have costumes, live music — a mix of acoustic, rock, pop and other styles — and a cast of 100, who will all be onstage together at times, Westermark said.

It’s also interactive, she said. The audience is invited to sing along and “be part of the world tour.” Cast members mingle with the audience during intermission and before and after each show.

“It’s a fun, energetic show that will leave you with a smile on your face,” said Westermark, who is from Sweden. “... It’s a great opportunity to meet someone from another culture, learn more about the world.”

Up With People hopes audiences are inspired to take the show’s message home — to build bridges within their own communities and “reach out a hand (to others) instead of taking it back,” Westermark said.

Despite our different voices, “we can all come together as people, we are all the same inside,” she said.

Up With People’s North Shore visit is hosted by the Hamilton-Wenham EdFund, a nonprofit that distributes grants for projects and equipment in the public schools. The Salem News is the local media sponsor.

Proceeds from ticket sales at the Hamilton shows will go to the EdFund.

Up With People cast members sign up for six-month or one-year tours and travel all over the world to perform and stay with local families. In addition to Hamilton-Wenham, the tour will perform in Lowell, Newburyport and Concord.

While in Hamilton-Wenham, the Up With People cast members were scheduled to do arts workshops in each of Hamilton-Wenham’s five public schools, with a focus on learning from other cultures.


Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.


IF YOU GO What: Up With People When: Tomorrow and Saturday, 7 p.m. Where: Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, 775 Bay Road (Route 1A), Hamilton Tickets and more information: www.upwithpeople.org/hamilton. Advance tickets for sale at Connolly's Pharmacy, 44 Bay Road, Hamilton, and Henry's Market, 588 Cabot St., Beverly.

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