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

Would You Like to Win All of FOLA's 19 Great Movies Shown in 2018?

The annual raffle of the great movies on DVDs and Blu-Rays is now in progress.

Just click HERE to see what you'll win!


FOLA Kicks Off Fund Rasing for New 2019 Projects

FOLA began its fund raising efforts to underwrite the costs of new projects it has planned for 2019.

Included in these projects are:

• Upgrading stage & balcony spotlights

• Completing the audio consolidation in the balcony

• Designing a permanent stage setting & rigging

• Installing modern risers for group performers on stage

To help FOLA realize these goals, interested donors may contribute to FOAL by using the online facilities of this web site by clicking HERE or mail their donation to:


1 Whispering Pines

Ludlow, VT 05149

All contributions are tax-deductible since FOLA is a 501(c)(3) organization.





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!


Miss seeing the great Christmas 2018 Program?

Just Click HERE for the entire show!


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


Coming Movies:

April 13, 2019

at 7 PM

"The Mouse That Roared"

Click Here for preview



Date of last web site update

Calypso Connections - steel drum ensemble, comes to Ludlow, February 16!

Worried about 'Cabin Fever'? Get relief with the Calypso Connections, February 16

Around the middle of February, we all seem to suffer from that plague known as "Cabin Fever". In an effort to alleviate this ailment the "doctors" at FOLA have developed a marvelous cure - an evening in the tropics with the sounds and music of the Caribbean Islands.

On Saturday, February 16 at 7 PM in the Heald Auditorium at Ludlow Town Hall, FOLA will present the music of the Calypso Connections - a 10 piece ensemble of steel drums playing the music of the tropics. Come tap your feet and sway your hips to the sound of calypso, reggae and samba, as Vermont’s largest steel band performs a mix of favorite tunes from the islands and beyond.

(And, if you're so inclined, perhaps you could do a little dancing as well - as you rid yourself of Vermont's winter weather and musically slip into the 'trade wind' climate of the islands!)

So mark your calendar for Saturday, February 16 at 7 PM in Heald Auditorium at Ludlow Town Hall as you listen to the warmth and feel the gentle breezes emanating from the steel drums of the Calypso Connections!

It's all free (donations are appreciated) and open to everyone! For information, call 802-228-7239 or visit FOLA's web site at

"Billy Elliot-Live" Featured in Auditorium, March 16

“Billy Elliot the Musical Live” will be featured by FOLA on Saturday, March 16 at 7:00 P.M. at the Heald Auditorium at the Ludlow Town Hall.

Billy Elliot tells the story of a young boy from a coal mining village in northeast England who transcends class and circumstance to become a ballet star. The musical is set against the backdrop of the 1984-5 miners’ strike, which tragically affects the whole village. Billy is looked after by his father, brother, and grandfather, after his mother’s death a few years earlier. They are not well off and have no experience with, or tolerance for, the arts. His dad and brother are totally against the idea of him learning to dance but Billy finds himself drawn towards the ballet world.

As a result, Billy is forced to take his boxing lesson money and use it secretly for dance lessons from local dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson. She quickly notices that Billy is a prodigy and takes him under her wing. Soon, despite his family’s resistance, Mrs. Wilkinson manages to get Billy an audition with The Royal Ballet School in London. The village learns to overcome their ill- founded prejudices and, along with Billy’s father, come around to support Billy's dream to become a dancer as Billy defies the odds and is finally accepted into The Royal Ballet School.

As with all FOLA movies, the musical is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated. For information, call 802-228-7239 or visit the FOLA website at

Robert Redford Stars in "Downhill Racer", February 2

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Robert Redford will lead the cast in the ski adventure, "Downhill Racer", in the Heald Auditorium at Ludlow Town Hall on Saturday, February 2 at 7 PM.

Downhill Racer is a 1969 American sports drama film starring Robert Redford, Gene Hackman and Camilla Sparv. The film is about a talented downhill skier who joins the United States ski team in Europe to compete in international skiing competitions.

An ambitious young skier, determined to break all existing records, is contemptuous of the teamwork advocated by the US coach when they go to Europe for the Olympics. It plunges the viewer thrillingly into the action of the sport -- and continues to hold the attention as a thoughtful drama.

Downhill Racer was filmed on location in Kitzbühel and Sankt Anton am Arlberg in Austria, Wengen, Switzerland, Megève and Grenoble in France, and Boulder and Idaho Springs. The film received positive reviews upon its theatrical release, with Roger Ebert calling it "the best movie ever made about sports—without really being about sports at all."

Everyone is welcome to attend the movie which is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be furnished by Berkshire Bank, water by FOLA. For information, call (802)228-7239 or visit FOLA's web site at

Thanks, AGAIN!

Through your generous contributions this year, FOLA will be able to:

• Upgrade stage & balcony spotlights

• Complete the audio consolidation in the balcony

• Design a permanent stage setting & rigging

• Bring New and Exciting musical events to the Heald Auditorium

• Continue streaming Broadway musicals and plays

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




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1 Whispering Pines

Ludlow, VT  05149