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Everyday People: A Cabaret Benefit for City of Refuge



It’s cabaret with a cause. Coming together for the first time to rally for local non-profit, City of Refuge, Columbia’s finest singers will gather for a two night engagement at Talking Horse Productions. Led by Audra Sergel, local musician and educator, and Rochara Knight, Talking Horse Productions’ new co-Artistic Director, the line-up of singers on one stage is quite special indeed. Former Broadway actress and Columbia native Melissa Bohon-Webel, Best of Columbia’s Nollie Moore, former Miss-Missouri and national touring artist Shelby Ringdahl, and KOMU’s Emily Spain with grace the stage, alongside local singing and performing favorites such as Trent Rash, Meg Phillips Crespy, Brandon Sankpill, Ed Hanson, Robin Anderson, and Debbie D’Agostino.

The event stemmed out of a Facebook page wherein friends were asking each other what they could do to help ease the suffering of immigrant children in our country. “As a new parent,” said cast member and local musician Robin Anderson, “ I’m learning that help is a priority; giving it and requesting it. At the end of the day, we all need what we are all capable of giving: compassion, kindness, and wonderful love. It’s a necessary reminder in today’s political climate.”

Fellow performer Nollie Moore stated, “We who have a voice and a platform can not any longer sit silently as long long as perfectly created humans are treated with anything less than the dignity and privilege that we enjoy.”

City of Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves refugees who have been placed or have relocated to Missouri. Our vision is to help refugees and immigrants become productive, successful, contributing members of our community. We offer refugee programs such as English Language Tutoring, Professional Development Training, PTSD/Health Counseling, Basic Needs Assistance, and much more. “We hope to develop a sense of belonging in our community for women, men, and children who were forced out of their homes,” said Director Garrett Pearson.

Tickets are on sale now (information below) and are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Light nosh and refreshments will be provided by local baker Jill Rostine of Good Food, Co.