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 . . .

(Joey Blane, George Thomson, and Kevin Kuntz shown rehearsing for the 2013 Follies)

Missed seeing the FOLA Follies of 2013?  You can still see the show - just

click HERE !!!


Checkout FOLA's 2013 Summary of Activities and Accomplishments by clicking HERE.

Sam and Barbara Lloyd Bring "Love Letters" to Auditorium, May 17

On Saturday, May 17 at 7 PM, the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium will reverberate with the wonderful words from the play, "Love Letters", featuring the unique talents of Sam and Barbara Lloyd.

"Love Letters" is a play comprised of actors reading letters exchanged over 50 years beginning in 1937 between 2 people born to wealth and privilege who grew up together, led separate lives but continued to share confidences. Critics have called it "an emotional ride".   

Written by A. R. Gurney, “Love Letters” was first performed by the author, himself, and Holland Taylor, opening at the New York Public Library in 1988.  It has since been performed  by Kathleen Turner and John Rubinstein on March 27, 1989, at the off-Broadway Promenade Theatre. The play grew in popularity and has become a major vehicle for a number of actors.

Among those who appeared in it were Barbara Barrie, Philip Bosco, Stephen Collins, Victor Garber, Julie Harris, George Grizzard, Anthony Heald, George Hearn, Richard Kiley, Dana Ivey, William Hurt, Marsha Mason, Christopher Reeve, Holland Taylor, George Segal, Christopher Walken, Joan Van Ark, Treat Williams, and Frances Sternhagen.

“Love Letters” will be performed with no intermission.  The play is free; donations are appreciated.

Due to the content of the play, it is NOT recommended for children.


About the Lloyds . . .

Sam Lloyd arrived at the Weston Playhouse in 1952 . Barbara followed 2 years later. After working together that summer, they went their separate ways continuing to pursue their interest in theater. Sam moved permanently to Weston in 1961 and found a career in business - owned and operated the Bowl Mill - and politics - represented Ludlow in the Vt. Legislature for 8 years and served as Weston's moderator for 30 - while working with the Playhouse in the summers. Eventually they were reunited , married, settled in Weston and have continued to perform at the Playhouse. Among the many productions in which they have co-starred are "Angel Street", "On Golden Pond" and "Plaza Suite". They have also performed with the Vt. Symphony, Symphony chorus, Counterpoint, The Opera Theater of Weston and acted in Vt. made films.

Sam and Barbara are delighted to share "Love Letters" with their Ludlow and Black River area neighbors.



OPUS 28 Comes to Ludlow Wed., April 30


The next live performance of about twenty-four original student compositions in concert with professional musicians will be Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Music-COMP produces two Opus events each year. Opus 28 will feature music for strings and woodwinds. Plan to join us for the concert at 6:30 pm at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium in Ludlow, VT. The concert is free and will delight music lovers of all ages and will feature the original music of local students.


Pictured above are the student composers, their mentors, and classical musicians who paticipated in the OPUS 24 project held in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium in the Spring of 2012.


In anticipation of the state-wide musical composition program sponsored by Music-COMP in a program called OPUS 28, five Ludlow Elementary School Students, along with a member of the Mt Holly Elementary School, are preparing their own original musical compositions in the hope that they may be selected for the Wednesday, April 30 OPUS28 concert in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium. The students, with the help of music teacher Constance Wilcox and the on-line musical composition computer program, 'Inside Music' and 'Noteflight' located on the web, are busy creating their own compositions that will be submitted to Music-COMP. Statewide, over 80 students are in the process of doing the same. Ultimately, about 24 of these compositions will be selected for the April 30 concert in Ludlow. The compositions will be played by professional classical musicians, some members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Ludlow also hosted the OPUS 24 concert in the town hall auditorium. FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will assist Music-COMP in arrangements for the concert. Selected student compositions will be played at the concert. The students are helped by the on-line computer programs as well as their local music instructor and on-line mentors who help students evaluate their compositions.


"Jari Piper in Concert" in Ludlow, May 31

FOLA announced that Jari Piper will present a cello concert at Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Saturday, May 31 at 7 PM.  Alaskan-born, Montréal-based cellist Jari Juhani Piper is as comfortable performing in the concert hall as well as bars, cafes, or just the metro. Named 2013 Young Alaskan Artist of the Year, Jari recently completed an exciting tour across America, playing solo works for cello in a wide variety of venues and collaborating with different artists along the way, and is currently booking dates for his second solo tour.

Classically trained, Jari is part of the new wave of young musicians who are showing the world that art music belongs both in and outside the concert hall, performing New Music that will bend your ears in ways that you did not think possible (and you’ll like it).


Coming Movies:


June 7, 2014

at 7 PM





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Ludlow, VT  05149

Help FOLA Raise Funds to "Re-Seat" the Auditorium!

FOLA's current project involves the replacement of the existing seats in the auditorium with much more comfortable and attractive seating so that everyone may enjoy the various performances in comfort and ease. Your help in making this happen is essential.



"The Iron Lady" Next FOLA Movie in Auditorium, May 10

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FOLA will present the film, "The Iron Lady", in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Saturday, May 10 at 7 PM.

The Iron Lady is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. One of the 20th century's most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male dominated world.

The Iron Lady is a 2011 British biographical film based on the life of Margaret Thatcher (1925–2013), the longest-serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century. The film was directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Thatcher is portrayed primarily by Meryl Streep, and, in her formative and early political years, by Alexandra Roach. Thatcher's husband, Denis Thatcher, is portrayed by Jim Broadbent, and by Harry Lloyd as the younger Denis. Thatcher's longest-serving cabinet member and eventual deputy, Geoffrey Howe, is portrayed by Anthony Head.

Streep's performance was widely acclaimed, and considered to be one of the finest of her career. She received her 17th Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal and ultimately won the award, 29 years after her first win. She also earned her third Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama award (her eighth Golden Globe Award win overall), and her second BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

The movie examines her life as she enters Parliament and rises in the Tory Party - with its impact on her family.

The movie is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be provided courtesy of Berkshire Bank and water courtesy of FOLA. For more information, and 802-228-7239.