Julie Erusha, left, hosts Up With People members Lorna Murphy Durran, from Dublin, Ireland, and Conor Bertrand, right, from Dallas, Texas, in her home in Sheridan on Tuesday. The Sheridan Press | Justin SheelyJulie Erusha, left, hosts Up With People members Lorna Murphy Durran, from Dublin, Ireland, and Conor Bertrand, right, from Dallas, Texas, in her home in Sheridan on Tuesday. The Sheridan Press | Justin Sheely

Expanding cultural understanding

SHERIDAN — Up With People will perform in Sheridan Aug. 16 and 17 and is looking for host families for cast members.

Approximately 100 cast members and staff will arrive in Sheridan Aug. 12 and stay through Aug. 19.

During the week, the group will participate in various community service projects and present two theatrical shows.

Host families are needed to house one or more students from the cast. Cast members represent 20 countries and more than 25 states and are between the ages of 17 and 29.

“It is a great opportunity to experience other cultures while sharing your own,” explained Misael Oliver, promotion representative for Up With People. “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. I still stay in contact with many of them and I believe they will remain lifelong friends.”

Local host families are asked to provide somewhere to sleep, local transportation at the beginning and end of each day, as well as breakfast and most dinners.

During the day, cast members will be participating in regional learning, community service and show preparation, while most evenings cast members will be at home with the family to participate in their activities and interests.

Oliver said host families and students both benefit from the experience, sharing information about their respective cultures, traditions, local attractions and personal backgrounds.

“These kids go though quite a bit to be accepted into Up With People so you are dealing with bright young people who interact well with kids and everyone,” Julie Erusha said.

Erusha is a Sheridan resident who is currently serving as a host home to Up With People staff member Lorna Murphy.

“They are just lovely to be around,” Erusha added. “Right now I am hosting a girl from Ireland and a boy from Texas and exchanging everything from ideas to recipes. I would definitely encourage people to do it. It is really an enriching experience.”

Each host family will receive two complimentary tickets to the Up with People Show held at Sheridan Junior High School Early Auditorium Aug. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.

Those interested in hosting are encouraged to contact Misael Oliver at moliver@upwithpeople.org or by calling 303.515.1545.

 

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Christina Schmidt has worked at The Sheridan Press since August 2012. She covers a variety of feature stories as well as stories related to local schools.

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