Another 50 host families are needed for Up With People, the international touring group that's coming to the Northwest Aug. 16-23.
A total of 90 young people from 20 different countries and 15 states are expected in Marana for the week. Up With People's Cast B 2010 and staff do community service work, appear at schools and give three performances of this season's show, "A Song for the World," at Mountain View High School. The performances are 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at Mountain View High School.
Host families provide a cast member with a place to sleep, breakfast and dinner, and transportation about 8 a.m. and 5:30-6 p.m. daily. Each host family receives two free tickets to one of the three Up With People shows.
Hosting is "a great opportunity to experience other cultures while sharing your own," said Chelsey Panchot, who is doing advance work for the cast.
"I can honestly say that the dozens of families who have opened their homes to me during my time with Up with People is one of the most meaningful and memorable experiences I have had," said cast member Eduardo Ramirez. "I still stay in contact with many of them and I believe they will remain lifelong friends."
People with smaller children or young teens in their home often find the Up with People cast members are "wonderful role models and provide a glimpse into other countries, cultures and traditions they might not often experience in Marana," Panchot added.
Those interested in hosting are encouraged to contact Chelsey Panchot on the Marana advance team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 218-355-0239.
"It's a great community experience," Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson said. "The show is always a very exciting, dynamic show. And they're looking for community service opportunities. Up With People wants to get them out into communities and make a difference."
The cast is going to work at the Marana Heritage Conservancy Farm, watering, planting and harvesting, "whatever they need us to do," Panchot said.
Cast members are going to at least one elementary school, talking about diversity and leadership as well as performing and playing educational games with students in grades 3-6. A high school assembly is also planned at MVHS.
Up with People's visit to Marana is sponsored by Marana Education Foundation.
Tickets for the show are now on sale at www.upwithpeople.org/Marana.