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

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Debate Issues in Ludlow

The four Democratic party primary candidates seeking the party's nomination for Governor participated in a Candidates' forum in the Heald Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall recently. The forum, moderated by James Alic and sponsored by FOLA, addressed questions covering property taxes, educational funding, minimum wages, gun laws, and the lack of civility in political debates. Assisting Alic were Jacalyn Diesenhouse, acting as timer, and Kevin Kuntz, who handled audience questions, which were numerous and pointed. Okemo Valley TV video recorded the forum for statewide distribution. The candidates are pictured above. From left to right, they are James Ehlers, Christine Hallquist, Brenda Siegel, and Ethan Sonneborn. The Primary Election is Tuesday, April 14; absentee ballots are available at the Town clerk's office prior to that date.


Thanks to Wright Construction & LaValleys, Stage Floor Gets Renewed

With the kind help of Wright Construction of Mt. Holly and LaValleys of Ludlow who supplied the paint, both the stage floor and the back stage areas of Heald Auditorium received two coats of new paint. Below, the Wright Construction crew is pictured. They are, from left to right, Chris Lafrenier, Rich Butrimas, Scott Grover, Scott Robertson, Joe Poston, Gordon Ashcroft, Carl Lavallee II, Sara Lavallee, Cody Lavallee, Autumn Lavallee , and Carl Lavallee III.

In addition to giving the floor a well-deserved coat of paint, Wright Construction also removed an extremely heavy piano harp which had plagued us since we dismantled the old piano.

Many thanks to the folks at Wright Construction and LaValley for their help in restoring the stage floor - and removing the piano harp!



(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:

September 22, 2018

at 7 PM

"The Trouble with Harry"


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Date of last web site update

Get Your Dancing Feet Ready for 18 piece Enerjazz Band September 15

The Big Band Era Comes to Heald Auditorium September 15

Want to hear some swinging music - better, dance to it? On Saturday, September 15 at 7 PM in the Heald
Auditorium of the Ludlow town Hall, that's exactly what you'll experience. The Enerjazz Big Band will be
cooking up a storm of great music for you.

FOLA decided it was time you had a chance to listen to - and dance to, the music of the Swing and Big
Band era.

The eighteen members of EnerJazz, Vermont's high energy big band, are dedicated to playing your favorite hits of the Swing Era in their original style, using the original arrangements whenever possible. In addition tothe music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and others, the band's repertoire alsoincludes arrangements by contempory big bands from Maynard Ferguson to Gordon Goodwin as well as jazz interpretations of popular tunes from other genres.

Whether you're up on your feet and dancing or just tapping your toes and listening, you'll undoubtedly be
entertained by this group of hard working, fun loving musicians. You can listen to the music of Enerjazz at itsweb site at or visit its Facebook page. But better than that, just plan on getting your dancing feet in shape for this great band event.

It's free and open to everyone - young, middle aged, or senior in age; donations are appreciated. Call (802)228-7239 for more information.

'Her Sister From Paris' Featured in Silent Movie Festival, Saturday, Aug. 18 at Heald Auditorium

The scene: Europe. The cast: Rich people. Get swept off your feet by not one but two privileged ladies, both played by amazing actress Constance Talmadge, in this effervescent battle-of-the-sexes comedy. Silent film with live music returns to Heald Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall with a screening of the comedy 'Her Sister from Paris' on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. This uproarious 'battle of the sexes' silent comedy will be presented with live music by silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis.

In 'Her Sister from Paris,' Ronald Colman and Constance Talmadge play a wealthy American society couple living in Vienna. Due to an argument, she leaves to stay with her mother. At the railway station she meets her identical twin, a celebrated dancer in Paris (also played by Talmadge), who agrees to trick the husband to help rekindle her sister's marriage. The fun starts when both the husband and his friend, an official at the British Embassy, fall in love with the sister, leading to a dizzying round of complications.

Among the most popular stars of the silent era, Constance Talmadge specialized in light "society" comedies. However, she had acting and pantomime skills that made her a versatile actress able to tackle any role. In 'Her Sister From Paris,' Talmadge delivers a virtuoso performance playing both sisters.

Ronald Colman, whose career would go on to span "talkies", radio, and television, was already a popular leading man in films at the time 'Her Sister From Paris' was made.

In creating music for silent films, Rapsis performs on a digital synthesizer that reproduces the texture of the full orchestra and creates a traditional "movie score" sound.

The feature-length 'Her Sister From Paris' will be preceded by a short comedy skit from the silent era.

The screening is sponsored by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium). Admission is free; donations are appreciated. For more information about the FOLA and its events, visit or call (802) 228-7239.


Denzel Washington Stars in 'Fences', Saturday, September 1

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"Fences" is FOLA's coming movie feature on Saturday, September 1 at 7 PM in the Heald Auditorium at Ludlow Town Hall.

An award-winning movie, Fences is a 2016 American period drama film starring, produced and directed by Denzel Washington and written by August Wilson, based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. In addition to Washington, the film also stars Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sidney.

In 1950s Pittsburgh, Troy Maxson lives with his wife Rose and their son Cory, and works as a waste collector alongside his best friend, Jim Bono. Every payday, Troy (Denzel Washington) holds court in the backyard of the Pittsburgh home he shares with his wife, Rose (Viola Davis) and their son, Cory (Jovan Adepo). By Troy’s side are his two best friends, Bono (Stephen Henderson), the co-worker he’s known for decades, and a bottle of gin, which Troy has also known for decades.

Both are very good listeners, and there’s nothing Troy enjoys more than a captive audience. When his tales spin too wildly into fiction—at one point, Troy reminisces about wrestling with Death itself—Rose steps outside to playfully call him on his nonsense. Troy cuddles with her, tossing the raunchiest dialogue he has to offer in her direction.

As the evening progresses, Troy is sometimes joined by his eldest son, Lyons (Russell Hornsby), who borrows money, or his disabled war veteran brother, Gabe (Mykelti Williamson), who has just moved from Troy’s home in a defiant display of his independence. Life is a series of routines culminating in death. Every payday brings Troy Maxson closer to his wrestling partner.

As with all FOLA movies, the film is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be supplied by Berkshire Bank with FOLA providing water. For information, call 802-228-7239 or visit the FOLA website 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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Ludlow, VT  05149