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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Coming Movies:

January 7, 2017

at 7 PM


"Ice Age 2"


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Date of last web site update

FOLA Plans First Broadway Musical, "She Loves Me", for Wed., Dec. 28 at 7 - Info at 802-228-7239

Annual Christmas Celebration Dec. 16 Features Students

FOLA will be sponsoring its 7th annual "Community Christmas Celebration" on Friday, December 16 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

This annual Christmas celebration features the music provided by area school students along with contributions made by area residents. This year area schools will offer the music of its student in a holiday mood along with the choral and band music from students in Black River Middle/High School.

Joining in the celebration will be Sharon and Bruce Farr, supported by Jon Clinch, in a playlet version of O'Henry's famous, "The Gift of the Magi". Lisha Klaiber and Samantha Holmberg will provide additional Christmas music while Linda Thomsom will add some spice to the program with a humorous reading. George Thomson will return as the program emcee.

The event is free and open to everyone. For information, call (802) 228-7239.

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,

Special Broadway Musical, "She Loves Me", Featured Dec. 28

With the help of FOLA's audio and technical guru, Paul Terrasi of Boston Soundworks, and the generosity of donors, including the Ludlow Rotary Club, FOLA was able to complete its streaming system ahead of schedule. As a result, it decided to offer a bonus for the holiday season by presenting the hit Broadway musical, "She Loves Me" during the Christmas week on Wednesday, December 28 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

This musical is a charming story of two co-workers in a perfume store in Budapest have great difficulty dealing with one another - yet, neither one realizes that they are the same penpal lovers brought together by a lonely hearts club.

With a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock, the musical is the third adaptation of the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklós László, following the 1940 James Stewart-Margaret Sullavan film The Shop Around the Corner and the 1949 Judy Garland-Van Johnson musical version In the Good Old Summertime. It surfaced again in 1998 as the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan feature You've Got Mail. The plot revolves around Budapest shop employees Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other's secret pen pal met through lonely-hearts ads.

The musical premiered on Broadway in 1963. She Loves Me was revived again on Broadway in 2016, and the production became the first Broadway show ever to be live-streamed.

The event is free; donations, of course, are appeciated to underwrite the costs of the production. For information, call (802) 228-7239.


Thanks for helping us improve the quality of the audio in the auditorium!

With your help, FOLA has been able to upgrade the audio system used in the auditorium. In addition to the new - and vastly improved, audio mixer and equalizer recently installed, we've been able to make sure that every one on stage has individualized headset microphones. We've also improved the lighting controls so that everything for audio/visual is located in one location. This is all possible thanks to your generous donations.

Thanks so very much!



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1 Whispering Pines

Ludlow, VT  05149