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 Speaker System Installed in Heald Auditorium

In keeping with its efforts to improve the audio quality in the auditorium, FOLA arranged to have Boston Soundworks installed new and more powerful speakers in the Heald Auditorium.

These speakers will replace the system initially installed when the auditorium was renovated in 2007.

The new system will provide much higher sound quality.


(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:

July 21, 2018

at 7 PM

"Harry and the Snowman"


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Date of last web site update

July will be a very busy month for FOLA! Checkout our 'Coming Events"!

Ludlow Auditorium Renamed to Honor Frank Heald

At its recent meeting, the Ludlow Select Board unanimously approved the renaming of the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium as the "Frank Heald Auditorium" to honor the retiring Ludlow Town Manager.

The recommendation for the renaming was in the form of a letter from FOLA requesting the name change.

The letter cited the many projects that benefitted Ludlow under Heald's guidance as well as the specific assistance he provided FOLA in fulfilling its mission.

David Almond, a FOLA board member, represented the organization at the meeting. He noted the many accomplishments that occurred during Heald's administration and strongly urged the Select Board to approve this recommendation.

At a subsequent FOLA meeting, that group decided to retain its original name, Friends of Ludlow Auditorium (FOLA), in deference to the the ten years of developing the FOLA name recognition by area residents and visitors. It was additionally decided that all future reference to the audiorium in news releases, social media, and other publications would refer to the new name of the facility.

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.


"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Featured Saturday, July 7

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"Star Wars" The Last Jedi" is FOLA's next movie on Saturday, July 7 ay 7 PM at the Heald Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (also known as Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi) is a 2017 American epic space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson. It is the second installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the eighth main installment of the Star Wars franchise, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). The film features the final film performance by Fisher, who died in December 2016, and it is dedicated to her memory.

The plot follows a Resistance member as she receives Jedi training from Luke Skywalker, in hopes of turning the tide for the Resistance in the fight against the First Order, while others attempt to escape a First Order attack on the dwindling Resistance fleet.

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) tells Rey (Daisy Ridley), “This is not going to go the way you think.” That line proves to be true for just about every plot thread, every scene, every moment in the entire movie. Writer/director Rian Johnson packs the eighth episode in the Skywalker saga with genuine surprises of all kinds, which all amount to a thrilling, emotional, and funny film that is easily the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back.

One of the major changes is that Hamill is no longer playing Luke as the archetypal hero – he’s now a conflicted, deeply damaged Jedi master. He rises to the occasion with his finest performance as Luke, using the timbre of his voice and the pain in his eyes to express Luke’s reluctance to confront his past, let alone help Rey mold her future. There’s a frankly brilliant sense of poetry to Luke’s story in this movie, with elements that harken all the way back to the start of his journey in beautiful fashion.

Rotten Tomatoes indicated that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has an approval rating of 91% . The website's critical consensus reads, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" honors the saga's rich legacy while adding some surprising twists—and delivering all the emotion-rich action fans could hope for."

The movie is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn is supplied by Berkshire Bank, water by FOLA. 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