Friends of Ludlow Auditorium

1 Whispering Pines Ludlow, VT  05149

Tel (802) 228-7239 email:

[a 50l (c)(3) organization]

"Our purpose is to promote the use of the Ludlow Auditorium

for the benefit and entertainment of the people of Ludlow,

the surrounding Black River & Okemo Valley area, and its visitors"


While You're here, take a look at what FOLA is all about . . .

FOLA Notes

New Lighting Control Console Will Replace Failed Unit

Unplanned for things have a habit of impacting priorities. That was the case when the lighting control console decided to fail - just before FOLA's annual Christmas program.

Fortunately, with a lot of "jury-rigging", the spotlights were activated and the show went on.

A new console was installed in early January to replace the failed one.


(Pictured above is the cast of the FOLA Follies of 2016 in the opening number.)

Missed seeing the FOLA Follies of 2016?  You can still see the show - just

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Checkout FOLA's Summary of Activities and Accomplishments by clicking HERE.



Coming Movies:

June 9, 2018

at 7 PM



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Date of last web site update

Checkout FOLA's great movies for June at 'Coming Events' and 'Movies'

Award-winning musical, "Billy Elliot Live", Featured in Ludlow, June 23

The next musical to be streamed by FOLA is "Billy Elliot Live" on Saturday, June 23 at 7 PM in the Frank Heald Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall.

Based on the beloved film and winner of 10 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Billy Elliot: The Musical Live from London’s West End is a celebration of one of the world’s most popular and successful stage shows. A modern-day fairy tale of a young boy who exchanges boxing gloves for ballet shoes, Billy’s story is set during the 1980’s miner’s strike in northern England, where his determination inspires an entire community. From the creative team behind the original film and music legend Elton John, this story of self-discovery, determination, love, and hope is brought to life in this funny, uplifting, and spectacular experience.

Billy Elliot is the son of a British coal-miner. The miners, including his father and brother, are on strike . Billy is secretly taking dance lessons until his father forbids him from continuing the lessons. His dance instructor convinces Billy to audition for the Royal Ballet School in London.

The musical follows the ups and downs Billy experiences as he deals with his family opposition to his dancing and the propmpting of his dance instructor to prepare for the London audition. All of this is coupled with the on going miners' efforts to improve conditions in the mines and salaries.

A long running stage production, the musical was the winner of 10 Tony awards.


Meryl Streep Stars as Opera Singer in "Florence Foster Jenkins", May 26

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The next FOLA movie will be "Florence Foster Jenkins" on Saturday, May 26 at 7 PM in the Frank Heald Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall.

This is a movie about an opera singer - really about an opera singer with no talent. The movie, Florence Foster Jenkins, is a 2016 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nicholas Martin. The film stars Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who became an opera singer known for her painful lack of singing skill. Hugh Grant plays her husband and manager.

The movie concentrates on Jenkins musical efforts during World War II in New York city. What follows is her efforts to entertain the troops by buying out Carnegie Hall and giving tickets to service members. When the service members respond to Jenkins' singing with laughter, members of the Verdi Club, shout them down and demand that they show respect to Jenkins. Cole Porter and Tallulah Bankhead are the among that audience. When the music critic for the New York Post newspaper says he will write a damning criticism of her performance, her husband buys up all the issues of the paper.

Florence Foster Jenkins was an American socialite and amateur soprano who was known and mocked for her flamboyant performance costumes and notably poor singing ability. The historian Stephen Pile ranked her "the world's worst opera singer".

Despite (or perhaps because of) her technical incompetence, she became a prominent musical cult figure in New York City during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Cole Porter, Gian Carlo Menotti, Lily Pons, Sir Thomas Beecham, and other celebrities were fans. Enrico Caruso is said to have "regarded her with affection and respect". The poet William Meredith wrote that what Jenkins provided "... was never exactly an aesthetic experience, or only to the degree that an early Christian among the lions provided an aesthetic experience".

Meryl Streep was praised for her role as Jenkins by the movies director who noted that "You can only sing badly if you are good singer."

As with all FOLA movies, everyone is invited and it's free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be supplied by Berkshire Bank with water provided by FOLA. For information, call (802)228-7239 or visit our web site at

Thanks, AGAIN!

Through your generous contributions this year, FOLA has been able to:

* upgrade our audio system into a single, high-quality system

* replace a worn-out lighting control console with a new, state-of-the-art device

* construct a new dressing room for our performers

* continue and enhance our streaming programming

We're planning on more improvements this year and hope you'll continue to help us present quality entertainment and public service programming in the beautiful Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.



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1 Whispering Pines

Ludlow, VT  05149