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

Dressing Room in Auditorium Nears Completion

As part of its capital program for 2017-18, FOLA is in the process of completing a new dressing room in the auditorium's back stage for performers.

Jim Alic has been handling both the design and implementation work for the project with the help of FOLA members David Almond, Marty Nitka, Harry Welch, Kevin Kuntz, and Scott Stearns (sometimes in got a little crowded in there!).

The room will feature a long counter-top with two vanity mirror and vanity light strips above the counter-top. there is also a full length mirror on an adjacent wall. A special closet area has been constructed with shelving above it.

A speaker, connected to the new audio board controls will be installed so that the performers in the room may be aware of activities on stage.

In addition to the vanity lighting, additional light strips will ensure adequate lighting for the performers.

The floor will be covered with carpetting.

Below are some photos of the work being performed to bring the dressing room into being.



(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

click HERE !!!


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



Coming Movies:

January 6, 2018

at 7 PM




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Date of last web site update

Don't forget the Community Christmas Celebration on Friday, Dec. 15!

FOLA Needs Your Help!

Dear Friend:

FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) has come a long way since its start in 2009. In the past twelve months, we’ve added basic streaming to the auditorium, showing five Broadway musicals this year, shows that would cost hundreds of dollars in a New York theatre.

FOLA, a 501(c)(3) and all-volunteer organization, has continued as a venue for area performing arts programs as well as monthly movies and periodic public information sessions. To checkout what FOLA has done in the past year, click here to review our annual reports that detail all of our annual activities.

FOLA’s next goals will focus on four important improvements in the auditorium:
• Upgrading key media equipment to a professional level
• Merging two separate audio system into an integrated one to vastly improve audio quality
• Enhancing streaming to provide more diverse programming for audiences
• Creating a dressing room for use by both amateur and professional performers

We hope you’ll consider helping us achieve these goals. Your contributions are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by us in less than two weeks.

It's really quite simple to help us by using one of the 2 on-line options below using PayPal (you don't have to have a PayPal account to use you personal credit/debit card):

Membership in FOLA
Donations to FOLA

or, if you prefer mailing your contribution, the address is:

1 Whispering Pines
Ludlow, VT 05149

Thanks, in advance, for helping FOLA continue progressing toward its goal of providing high-quality entertainment and informational programs to everyone in Ludlow and the Okemo/Black River area.


Ralph Pace, Chairman,
FOLA Board of Directors

"Blazing Saddles", a Mel Brooks Western Comedy, Screens in Ludlow, Sat., Dec. 2

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FOLA will feature a really unique western on Saturday, December 2 at 7 PM in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, "Blazing Saddles".

In this raucous parody of the Western film genre, greedy land developer, Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) greases palms of insane Earl Long/Blaze-type governor ('Mel Brooks') to induce his help to snatch land to build Hedley's railroad. A key piece of land, Rock Ridge, is inhabited by a flock of Johnsons, all deeply entrenched in the town. The governor tries to help Hedley rid himself of the townspeople; first, he appoints black sheriff Bart (Cleavon Little) for Rock Ridge. Next, Hedley sics Lili von Shtupp (Madeline Kahn), "Teutonic Twit" on Bart. With the help of his sidekick, The Waco Kid (Gene Wilder), Bart fights for his new town. But, the politicos (and the WB studio) fight back.

R-rated for its adult situations and language, the movie is, as one critic noted, "vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad". Little and co-star Gene Wilder have great chemistry, and the delightful supporting cast includes Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, and Madeline Kahn as a chanteuse modelled on Marlene Dietrich. As in Brook's earlier movies, like Young Frankenstein, director/writer Mel Brooks gives a burlesque spin to a classic Hollywood movie genre.

The ending of the film is unique as only Mel Brooks could imagine. If you're interested in seeing how the "little guy" manages to overcome the "powers that be" - in a style that only Mel Brooks could dream of, "Blazing Saddles" is a movie you'll really enjoy.

As with all FOLA movies, the film is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated. Berkshire Bank will supply popcorn and water by FOLA. For more 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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1 Whispering Pines

Ludlow, VT  05149