March 21, 2020

Rise Up for Irida: Songs for Sanctuary

Rise Up for Irida: Songs for Sanctuary

Date(s) - Saturday, March 21, 2020
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Academy of Music Theatre

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Rise Up Productions is at it again with our biggest fundraiser yet, this time to support our dear friend Irida Kakhtiranova as she fights deportation! Join us for a cabaret and sing-along of several contemporary musical theatre hits, including Hamilton, The Greatest Showman, Rent, Dear Evan Hansen, Songs for a New World, and much more! Tickets are available on a sliding scale at or at the Academy of Music box office.

Featuring the musical talents of Ben Ashley, Andrew Atkin, Kyle Boatwright, Kerrie Bowden, Dylan Castro, Kimaya Diggs, Erin Dugan, Tosh Foerster, Mikel Garcia, Brandon Hetherington, Silk Johnson, Ann-Marie Messbauer, Jimmy Robitaille, Syl Simmons, Josh Sitron, Dan Thomas, Nichole Wadleigh, and Kara Rose Wolf!

All proceeds will go to Irida Kakhtiranova, a Russian immigrant and mother of three U.S.-born children, as well as other immigration rights projects of the USNF. Married to a U.S. citizen, Irida entered sanctuary at the Main Street religious institution in April of 2018 in order to fight deportation and family separation. Since then, through countless fundraising events (including a sold-out Rise Up event last year!) and with the help of hundreds of volunteers and contributors, the Pioneer Valley community has supported the effort to keep Kakhtiranova safe and close to her family.

This event was made possible with a generous grant from the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Funding Program, as well as the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence and the Pioneer Valley Workers Center.