What does that say about me, Rick? I married one! ;-)
...but not a member of the American cast. Does that make it OK? (LOL)
One upon a decade, the original UWP cast performed at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario, which spawned a group there. In turn that group visited and performed at the base at Summerside, Prince Edward Island, where I was stationed... and yet another group was created. I got involved for seven years as a volunteer coach and erstatz musical director.
All kidding aside, the group served its purpose in that rural community where there was little for the teens to do. At our peak we had over a hundred on stage and a band of nine. 'Got to perform for the Queen, too! (Remember that, Liz?) Several of the members went on to perform professionally.
Musically speaking, we drifted slightly from the UPW formula and repertoire, though we did stick to 'feeling good' kinds of songs that were politically correct for the military base and local community.
So I, for one, say "Thanks, Up With People!" After twenty-eight years I'm still happily married to that cute gal in the front row!
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