VIDEO: Multinational Cast of ‘Up With People’ Arrive In Melbourne

By  //  September 1, 2015

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ABOVE VIDEO: A few members of “Up With People” arrived in Melbourne Monday afternoon and spent a few minutes talking with Space Coast Daily. (SpaceCoastDaily Video)

BREVARD COUNTY, MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The multinational cast of ‘Up with People’ arrived in Melbourne Monday afternoon. Up with People (UWP) has toured more than 70 countries around the world during over the last 50 years.

On September 4 at 8 p.m. and September 5 at 7 p.m., UWP will perform public shows at the Scott Center at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne.

The proceeds from the show will benefit The Scott Center for Autism Treatment, a facility dedicated to research, treatment and education for autism and families with autism.

The Scott Center for Autism Treatment teaches life skills to children with autism and also to parents to help them live a happier and more full life.

ABOVE VIDEO: Courtenay Porter, Director of External Relations for The Scott Center for Autism, spoke with Space Coast Daily about the upcoming week long event “Up With People,” and happenings surrounding the Scott Center on Florida Tech’s campus. (SpaceCoastDaily Video)

Starting yesterday through September 7, UWP will spend time participating in service projects and live with local host families.

The international cast of 100 people will also complete more than 1,000 hours of community service reaching out to and supporting many local non-profit organizations.

Community members are invited to join the cast to give back to their own communities. Volunteering is not the only way to get involved, those between the ages of 17 and 29, local youth can apply to travel in future programs and earn college credit during their tour.

In recent years, many Melbourne natives have traveled the world with Up with People, including Monica Shah who is responsible for helping bring the cast into town, along with friends and other members of the Shah Family.

ABOVE VIDEO: The multinational cast of ‘Up with People’ has arrived Melbourne. Up with People (UWP) has toured more than 70 countries around the world over the last 50 years. (Zach Clark, SpaceCoastDaily Video)

As they do for so many charities, Mike Shah and his family are helping to sponsor the group while the 120 students and organizers are in Brevard.

Best known for their high-energy, upbeat, family-friendly entertainment, the cast of 100 participants representing 20 countries is participating in Up With People’s international global education program for young adults.

For 50 years, the casts of Up with People have toured the globe performing for millions, including an unprecedented four Super Bowl halftime shows.

Eric Lentz
Eric Lentz

“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 2015 as it was in 1965,” said Eric Lentz, Executive Producer of Up with People. 

“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. 

Up with People’s visit to Melbourne, Florida is presented by Southeast Petroleum Distributors, Kars Petro, BB&T, Lincoln Financial Advisors/Sagemark Consulting and Desai Family, LLC, is suported by local media sponsor Space Coast Medicine and Space Coast

Ticket proceeds benefit The Scott Center for Autism Treatment.

ABOUT Up with People

Up with People is an independent nonprofit, [501(c)(3)] organization without any religious or political affiliations.  It provides young adults an international and intercultural experience that teaches service leadership and uses the performing arts to deliver messages of hope and goodwill throughout the world.  Up with People exists today to spark people to action in meeting the needs of their communities, countries and the world while building bridges of understanding as a foundation for world peace. For more information visit