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 area, and its visitors"







FOLA Notes . . .

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

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



Coming Movies:

March 11, 2017

at 7 PM




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Date of last web site update

"Broadway at the Movies" - Marissa McGowan Sings February 25!

"Gypsy", the Great American Musical, Featured in Ludlow on Saturday, January 21

Considered by many to be one of the greatest American musical on Broadway, "Gypsy", will be presented by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) on Saturday, January 21 AT 7 pm in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

Gypsy is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate show business mother." It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee's sister, the actress June Havoc.

The musical contains many songs that became popular standards, including "Everything's Coming up Roses", "Together (Wherever We Go)", "Small World", "You Gotta Get a Gimmick", "Let Me Entertain You", "All I Need Is the Girl", and "Rose's Turn". It is frequently considered one of the crowning achievements of the mid-20th century's conventional musical theatre art form, often called the "book musical".

Gypsy has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, among them Ben Brantley ("what may be the greatest of all American musicals...") and Frank Rich. Rich wrote that "Gypsy is nothing if not Broadway's own brassy, unlikely answer to 'King Lear.'" Theater critic Clive Barnes wrote that "'Gypsy' is one of the best of musicals..." and described the character of Rose as "one of the few truly complex characters in the American musical...."

This revival of Gypsy is based on the 2015 London cast that features Imelda Staunton, Lara Pulver,and Peter Davison. Staunton won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in Musical for her performance.

This performance will be streamed by FOLA as it continues its new method of bringing great musical productions to Ludlow.

The event is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated. For information, call (802) 228-7239 or view FOLA's web site,

FOLA Introducing "Streaming" in 2017 Programming

As it plans its programming schedule for 2017, FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) has decided it will introduce the ability to "stream" live programming for the benefit of its audiences.

"Streaming" is essentially the process of presenting live events, such as Broadway musicals, sporting events, and national public interest events, as they actually are occurring. FOLA plans to acquire the various equipment needed to present selected events that are carried over the Internet. This will give it the advantage of having many entertainment and public interest venues available to it at a reduced cost.

According to Ralph Pace, FOLA Chairman, the first year's activity will concentrate on Broadway musicals and selected plays and events that will benefit the local education system. Among the Broadway musicals that will be included in the 2017 FOLA calendar are "Gypsy", "Cats", "Kiss Me Kate", and "Phantom of the Opera" - all with Broadway casts.

In order to enable this feature, FOLA will seek to raise funds for the quality equipment necessary to provide a streaming capability.

Plans are also afoot for a musical revue that will be called "Your Hit Parade of 1934", a musical presented in the format of an old radio show featuring the songs from 1934 such as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "Anything Goes", "I Got Ants in My Pants" and "Cocktails for Two" . The show will be produced in conjunction with the Ludlow Rotary Club

FOLA movie plans will also call for a continuation of its month-long programming covering specific motion picture topics. In 2017, the programming will feature a series of classic films from the 1950, beginning with a speaker outlining the character and films unique to that period. Featured movies will include: "On the Waterfront", "Sunset Boulevard", and "The Killing".

The Silent Movie Festival, scheduled for April, will highlight Charley Chaplin's classic, "The Kid".

Other films scheduled for 2017 will include:

Ice Age2
Bridge of Spies
Inside Out
The Martian
Elsa and Fred
Eye in the Sky
Long Day's Journey into Night
King of Hearts
City Slickers and
Blazing Saddles

FOLA will also sponsor the annual "Community Christmas Celebration" in concert with the local schools. Other events will be announced as they are prepared.

More information about the 2017 will be appearing in FOLA's web site,

"Bridge of Spies" With Tom Hanks, Next Movie, Feb. 4

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"Bridge of Spies", an exiting spy drama set in Cold War Berlin, will be FOLA's (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) next feature film in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 PM.

Bridge of Spies is a 2015 historical drama legal thriller film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Matt Charman, Ethan and Joel Coen and stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda. Based on the 1960 U-2 incident during the Cold War, the film tells the story of lawyer James B. Donovan, who is entrusted with negotiating the release of Francis Gary Powers—a pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union—in exchange for Rudolf Abel, a captive and convicted Soviet KGB spy held under the custody of the United States, whom he represented at trial. The name of the film refers to the Glienicke Bridge, which connects Potsdam with Berlin, where the spy exchange took place.

In 1957 Brooklyn, New York, Rudolf Abel is arrested by the FBI and charged with three counts of spying for the Soviet Union. He refuses to collaborate in exchange for the charges being dropped. As a Russian spy, no one is inclined to represent Abel so James B. Donovan, an insurance lawyer, is finally prevailed upon to defend him so that trial will be seen as fair. Donovan declines to help CIA garner information from his client and mounts the best legal defense he can. Abel is convicted on all counts, and Donovan asks the judge to spare him the death penalty because he was honorably serving his country and he might prove useful for a future prisoner exchange.

Meanwhile, operating from a military airbase in Peshawar, Pakistan, Gary Powers, a pilot in the CIA's top secret U-2 spy plane program, is shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over the USSR. As the plane drops, he is unable to trigger the plane's self-destruct before he is thrown clear and parachutes to safety. Instead of committing suicide as instructed, he is captured and sentenced in a show trial to ten years confinement, with three years in prison.

Donovan receives an aerogram from East Germany purportedly from Abel's wife thanking him and urging him to get in contact with their lawyer Vogel. The CIA think this is a back-channel message indicating that the USSR is willing to swap Powers for Abel. They ask Donovan to go in an unofficial and unsupported capacity to Berlin to negotiate the exchange, and he arrives just as The Berlin Wall is going up.

As with all FOLA movies, the film is open to everyone and free; donates are appreciated. Bershire Bank will supply popcorn while Fola will provide water. For information, call (802) 228-7239 or visit the FOLA web site at

Thanks, AGAIN! Your contributions have enabled FOLA to institute a new streaming system!

We'll be showing Broadway musicals and other cultural and informational programming over the course of this year - and in the future, thanks to your contributions and a marvellous donation from the District Rotary and Ludlow Rotary Club.

Take a look at our movies and coming events to see what we'll be offerring area residents and visitors. Rather than travel to the Big Apple and spend several hundred dollars for theatre tickets, you'll be able to see prime Broadway shows and plays in the Auditorium free (donations are appreciated) - all thanks to your financial assistance!

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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