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"


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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 will be install in early January to replace the failed one.


FOLA to Dedicate Auditorium Dressing Room, Feb. 28

Following volunteer work that began in August of last year, FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will dedicate the new dressing room in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, February 28 at 10 AM.

The dressing room was designed and constructed by FOLA members to provide a modern facility for the various performers using the auditorium.  They totally reconstructed the space mainly used by students at Black River High School, providing well-lit space, a large closet area, and counter-top with vanity mirrors for the use of the performers.  The floor has been carpeted and new chairs added.  A speaker was installed by Boston Soundworks so that performers in the dressing room could be aware of what was happening on-stage.

In addition to the new dressing room, additional space has been added for storage of stage props and equipment for the local schools and other organizations using the auditorium's stage.

The project manager was Jim Alic.  He was assisted by David Almond, Kevin Kuntz, Martin Nitka, Ralph Pace, Scott Stearns, and Harry Welch.  Alic noted that FOLA received advice from Piper Goodeve of the Weston Playhouse as to the design of the room and desirable equipment in it for performers.  He indicated that a future project was planned to repaint the entire stage floor.

Below are some photos of the work being performed to bring the dressing room into being.



(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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Coming Movies:

April 14, 2018

at 7 PM

A Western Double Feature!


"A Fistful of Dollars"


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Checkout FOLA's Program Schedule for 2018 at Coming Events

Special Sing-along version of "The Sound of Music" on Thursday, Feb. 22

FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will feature the classic musical, "The Sound of Music", in a unique sing-along format on Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 PM in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium. The film is a benefit performance for the Black River Good Neighbors (BRGN).

Julie Andrews and the rest of the wonderful cast will still be there singing all the great Rodgers and Hammerstein music we all remember from this great production WITH ONE BIG EXCEPTION - You'll also be part of the musical by singing along with them! If you want, you can dress up for your favorite cast member (Maria, a nun, the baroness, the captain, etc.) or just come and sing your favorite songs following the large captioned lyrics on the screen.

This will be a fun and memorable family experience. So get ready to sing "Climb Every Mountain", "My Favorite Things", "Edelweis", and, of course, "The Sound of Music". Call Audrey Bridge at BRGN at 802-228-3663 for more information.

This wonderful evening is open to everyone so clear your throat and get ready to sing the great music of "The Sound of Music"!

The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night' Opens FOLA's 'Classics of the 60's' Film Tribute, April 7

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In keeping with its efforts to feature great movies of the past, FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will kick off its 'Classics of the 60's' movie tribute on Saturday, April 7 at 7 PM in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British musical comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania. The film portrays several days in the lives of the group.

Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on this project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day's Night, in which the bandmates play wily, exuberant versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, "Can't Buy Me Love," "I Should Have Known Better," and "If I Fell," A Hard Day's Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.

Time magazine rated it as one of the all-time great 100 films. British critic Leslie Halliwell described it as a "comic fantasia with music; an enormous commercial success with the director trying every cinematic gag in the book" and awarded it a full four stars. The film is credited as being one of the most influential of all musical films, inspiring numerous spy films, the Monkees' television show and pop music videos. The British Film Institute ranked it the 88th greatest British film of the 20th century.

The 'Classics of the 60's' will continue with a western double feature on April 14, concluding the "The Graduate" on April 21.

The movie is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. Berkshire Bank will offer popcorn at the films while FOLA will supply water. For information, call (802) 228-7239 or visit FOLA's web site,



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