Friends of Ludlow Auditorium

1 Whispering Pines Ludlow, VT  05149

Tel (802) 228-7239 email: info@fola.us

[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.)

Missed seeing the FOLA Follies of 2016?  You can still see the show - just

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

 

 

Coming Movies:

August 5, 2017

at 7 PM

 

"Eye in the Sky"

 

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6/4/2017

Date of last web site update

"Kiss Me Kate" - Broadway Hit Musical, coming to Ludlow June 24

Hit Broadway Musical Comes to Ludlow

Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate" Featured in Auditorium, Saturday, June 24

FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) continues its streamed Broadway musical presentations on Saturday, June 24 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium with the great Cole Porter musical, Kiss Me Kate.

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Samuel and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. A secondary romance concerns Lois Lane, the actress playing Bianca, and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul of some gangsters. The original production starred Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang and won the Tony Award.

Kiss Me, Kate was Porter's response to Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and other integrated musicals; it was the first show he wrote in which the music and lyrics were firmly connected to the script, and it proved to be his biggest hit and the only one of his shows to run for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway.

The musical was inspired by the on-stage/off-stage battling of husband-and-wife actors Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne during their 1935 production of Shrew, witnessed by future Broadway producer Arnold Saint-Subber. In 1947 he asked the Spewacks (undergoing their own marital woes at the time) to write the script; Bella Spewack in turn enlisted Cole Porter to write the music and lyrics.

The cast of a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is rehearsing for the opening of the show that evening ("Another Op'nin', Another Show"). Egotistical Fred Graham is the director and producer and is starring as Petruchio, and his movie-star ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, is playing Katherine. The two seem to be constantly arguing, and Lilli is particularly angry that Fred is pursuing the sexy young actress Lois Lane, who is playing Bianca.

What follows is an amusing tale of two ex-lovers rediscovering their love for one another while preparing for The Taming of the Shrew.

Some of the great Cole Porter Music in the show includes: "Wunderbar", "So In Love". "Why Can't You Behave", and "Always True to You in My Fashion".

The show is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. For information, call (802) 228-7239 or visit the FOLA web site, www.fola.us.

 

 

"Elsa and Fred", a Comedy-drama, is Featured in Ludlow, July 8

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A movie rarely made available in this part of the country, "Elsa and Fred", will be FOLA's (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) next film presentation on Saturday, July 8 at 7 PM in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

"Elsa and Fred" is a 2014 American comedy-drama film directed by Michael Radford and starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. The film, set and filmed in New Orleans, is an English-language remake of the 2005 Spanish-Argentinian film of the same name.

"Elsa and Fred" is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it's never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in 'La Dolce Vita' at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroianni but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting Elsa.

From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live -- be it more or less -- is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases. Fred surrenders to Elsa's frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is how Fred learns how to live. When he learns about Elsa's terminal illness, he decides to make her dream come true and takes Elsa to Rome to reenact with her the famous scene at the Fontana di Trevi.

The scene in Rome where MacLaine and Plummer wade into the Trevi Fountain is shot in black and white, to mimic the corresponding scene in La Dolce Vita.

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

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