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Up with People show

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 22

Where: Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University, 500 Washington St., Gainesville

Cost: $20 adults, $15 students children and seniors, $65 for family of four

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The multinational cast of Up with People is headed to Hall County.

Up with People, which has toured to more than 60 countries around the world in the past 50 years, will perform public shows at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, in Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University in Gainesville.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students, children and seniors, and $65 for a family of four. To buy tickets, visit

Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity, which is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope.

Before the show, Up with People will participate in service projects and live with local host families. The Up with People advance team has started to recruit families to host international cast members during their stay in Hall County. While in the host homes, families may share their traditions and local attractions while cast members share their experiences and cultures.

Up with People is a global education organization whose mission is to bridge cultural barriers and create global understanding through service and music. For students enrolled in the six-month program, the goal is to develop global citizens; to provide personal growth and leadership development opportunities; to instill an appreciation of the value of volunteerism in our society; and to expose participants to a wide range of experiences and cultures which will broaden their mind to the world and to their own potential. By the end of a five-month world tour, the cast will visit dozens of communities throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico.

During their national and international travel, the cast of 100 will complete more than 1,000 hours of community service reaching out to and supporting Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofits. In past years several Gainesville natives have traveled the world with Up with People, including Patti Stafford, Scott Purcell, Tim Lewis, Renee Byrd-Lewis and Reed Partrick to name a few.

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