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


FOLA Decides To Dismantle Old Piano

After advertising its availability at no cost for six months on social media, Frontporch, news releases, and every other conceivable means of communication, FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) decided it was time to dismantle a very old and somewhat out-of-tune piano that someone had stored back stage in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.  So, armed with hammers, saws, screw drivers, and a heavy sledge hammer, three members of the FOLA Board of Directors, Jim Alic, Martin Nitka, and Harry Welch, began the process of tearing down the very old (and somewhat decrepit) instrument.  Bystander Ralph Pace said that "it seemed terrible to destroy such a musical instrument but that the piano took up space in the auditorium's back stage that was desperately need for FOLA's new development efforts".  He added that, since no one wanted the piano, there was little alternative to its dismantling.  Marty Nitka, realizing the difficulty in tearing down the old instrument, decided that an old-fashion sledge hammer was needed, which he utilized with alarming accuracy and talent.  Meanwhile, Jim Alic and Harry Welch made sure that the weight of the falling piano did not disrupt any town equipment.  After an hour of labor, the bulk of the separated pieces of the once intact piano were loaded into Alic's pickup and disposed of at the town transfer station.  It was noted that one of the dismantlers, who remained anonymous, was heard saying. "I have no future plans to tear apart another piano but, should the occasion arise, I hope these guys are available to help!"



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

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Coming Movies:

October 14, 2017

at 7 PM




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Date of last web site update

"Phantom of the Opera" Musical Featured in Ludlow Sat., Sept. 23

"Phantom of the Opera" Featured in Ludlow, Sept. 23

The Phantom of the Opera is the next Broadway musical to be streamed by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) on Saturday, September 23rd, starting at 7:00 PM, at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical, The Phantom of the Opera, which was based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux, three special performances were filmed at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Footage from all three of these performances were edited together to make this 2011 British film adaptation of The Phantom.

The extensive cast of The Phantom of the Opera has five main characters. The “Phantom”, played by Ramin Karimloo, is a brilliant musician and magician born with a terrifyingly deformed face, who escaped from captivity in a traveling freak show. He hides his face with a mask. One of his props is a magical lasso.

Christine, played by Sierra Boggess, is a beautiful young chorus girl that the Phantom manages to insert into a starring role in several operas. She is in love with Raoul, her old childhood playmate and now a viscount and patron of the arts

Raoul, played by Hadley Frazer, is secretly engaged to Christine but finds himself in the difficult position of having the Phantom as a rival suitor, especially one armed with a magical lasso.

Carlotta, played by Wendy Ferguson, is the Opera’s resident soprano prima donna.

The interplay amongst these characters results in a very entertaining performance – one you will be sure to enjoy.

Everyone is invited to enjoy this great musical which is free; donations are appreciated. For information, call (802)228-7239 or visit the FOLA web site,


Work Begins on New Auditorium Dressing Room

As part of its 2017-18 capital improvement projects, FOLA, under the guidance of Jim Alic, has begun work on a new dressing room in the auditorium's back stage.

Pictured above are, from left to right, Jim Alic and David Almond as they prepare one of the new wall frames for the dressing room. Plans call for the dressing room to feature a 9 foot counter-top, two vanity mirrors, a full length mirror, a closet, modern lighting, and other facilities. With the help of Ken Cook Electrical, it is planned to have the new room in service by mid September.

Other projects will include the integration of the two audio systems in the auditorium, the addition of new equipment to support streaming, and new streaming sources to enhance FOLA's 2018 program schedule.

French Comedy, "The King of Hearts", In Ludlow, September 9

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FOLA (Friends of Ludlow auditorium) will introduce a new first in its programming on Saturday, September 9 at 7 PM in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium - a French language comedy. According to FOLA movie committee head, Scott Stearns, "It will be a film that will delight everyone because of its audaciousness, its humor, and its subtle message.

The film is in French with english sub-titles. According to Scott, "With the sub-titles and the fantastic storyline of this film, the language barrier is no problem".

King of Hearts (original French title: Le Roi de cœur) is a 1966 French comedy-drama film directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Alan Bates.

The film is set in a small town in France near the end of World War I. As the Imperial German Army retreats they booby trap the whole town to explode. The locals flee and, left to their own devices, a gaggle of cheerful lunatics escape the asylum and take over the town — thoroughly confusing the lone Scottish soldier who has been dispatched to defuse the bomb.

Charles Plumpick (Bates) is a kilt-wearing French born Scottish soldier who is sent by his commanding officer to disarm a bomb placed in the town square by the retreating Germans.

As the fighting comes closer to the town, its inhabitants—including those who run the insane asylum—abandon it. The asylum gates are left open, and the inmates leave the asylum and take on the roles of the townspeople. Plumpick has no reason to think they are not who they appear to be—other than the colorful and playful way in which they're living their lives, so at odds with the fearful and war-ravaged times. The lunatics crown Plumpick King of Hearts with surreal pageantry as he frantically tries to find the bomb before it goes off.

The movie is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be supplied by Berkshire Bank with water provided by FOLA. For information, call (802) 228-7239 or visit the FOLA web site,


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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1 Whispering Pines

Ludlow, VT  05149