The Gift of Hope Concert presents Up with People in Sioux Falls
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 02:23 PM

The Gift of Hope Concert presents Up with People in Sioux Falls

When the multinational cast of Up with People takes the stage as the entertainment for the Annual Gift of Hope Concert at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls on Sunday, March 13th, at 2pm and 6pm audience members will find something for virtually every musical taste and interest. Up with People previously entertained Sioux Falls as a part of the Gift of Hope Concert in 2014. The Gift of Hope Concert supports Catholic Family Services Gift of Hope Fund, providing support for people of all faiths, ages and walks in life who have experienced grief, despair, abuse, loss or pain of separation.

Long before American Idol began discovering and refining new talent or High School Musical tapped into the exuberance of young ensemble casts, Up with People pioneered these attributes while touring the world with their optimistic message of global cooperation and goodwill.

Established in 1965, Up with People is celebrating their 50th Anniversary with an all-new production entitled “The Journey” which features the energy and talent of a cast and staff of 100 representing 20 countries. The live two-hour performance includes both original and popular music and is a dynamic blend of feature soloists, full cast production numbers, fast-moving choreography and colorful costumes.

“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 2016 as it was in 1965,” explains Up with People Executive Producer Eric Lentz. “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, peace, unity, movement and an overriding sense of motivation to go out and make a positive change in the world.” Lentz added.

In addition to Sioux Falls, Cast A2016’s Spring tour will include 20 cities in the U.S., Europe, Bermuda and Mexico. Along with four Super Bowl halftime shows, casts have recently appeared at the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and during the opening celebration of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses’ Rose Parade in 2008 and 2011, which was estimated to be seen by a television audience of more than 50 million. Most recently, Up with People performed at the Vatican for Pope Francis in December of 2015.

The international cast of 100 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, if you or someone you know is between the ages of 17 and 29, local youth can apply to travel in future programs. In recent years many Sioux Falls natives have traveled the world with Up with People, including Helen Conzemius, Kieren Humke, Annie Conzemius, Josie Piper, Paul Conzemius and Kaitlyn Gil just to name a few!

Tickets to the Gift of Hope Concert range from $5 to $20 for General Admission ticket. All are encouraged to purchase $50 Patron Reserved tickets, which include preferred seating and a special reception with the Up with People cast. Tickets are on sale now online at, by calling (605)988-3765 or at any Sioux Falls Hy-Vee locations.

Up with People’s visit to Sioux Falls is presented by Avera Health, supported by various local media partners and benefits Catholic Family Services Gift of Hope Fund. Catholic Family Services of Eastern South Dakota produces The Gift of Hope Concert annually and is proud to bring in Up with People as a part of this year’s event.

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 or contact:

Pricela Erives, Promotion Representative
Phone: (520) 869-6841
[email protected]