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.)

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:

December 3, 2016

at 7 PM


"I'll See You in My Dreams"


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Date of last web site update

The Annual Community Christmas Celebration is on Friday, December 16 at Ludlow Town Hall

Nine Windsor County Candidates Debate in Ludlow

Recently nine candidates met in a forum to discuss their positions on regional and state issues in Vermont.  Seven of the candidates were seeking election to the three Windsor County Senate seats in Montpelier while the two candidates for the RW-2 Houise seat representing Ludlow, Mt Holly, and Shrewsbury also participated.  The questioning of the candidates covered issues ranging from the impact of Act 46 on schools and taxes to action that may be taken to address the drug problem in Vermont.  The event, sponsored by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium), was moderated by Kevin Kuntz with Martin Nitka acting as time-keeper and David Almond handling audience questions. Pictured above are the nine candidates prior to the forum.  From left to right, they are:  Alison Clarkson, Dennis Devereux, Mark Donka, Randy Gray,Dick McCormack, Logan Nicoll, Alice Nitka, Scott Woodward, and Jack Williams. All candidates, except Devereux and Nicoll, are running for the Windsor County Senate seats; Devereux and Nicoll are seeking the RW-2 House seat.

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,

Unusual Disney Movie, "Maleficent", Arrives, Nov. 12

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Maleficent is a 2014 American adventure-fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg from a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and starring Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. Loosely based on Charles Perrault's original fairy tale and inspired by Walt Disney's 1959 animated film, Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent portrays the story from the perspective of the eponymous antagonist, depicting her conflicted relationship with the princess and king of a corrupt kingdom.

Walt Disney Pictures announced the film's development in 2010, with Joe Roth as producer, and Jolie, Don Hahn and Michael Vieira as executive producers. Principal photography took place between June and October 2012.

The film was released in the U.S. on May 30, 2014. It was a commercial success, having grossed over $758 million worldwide, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of 2014 and the highest-grossing film starring Jolie. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design at the 87th Academy Awards.

Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) is a powerful fairy who lives in the Moors, a magical forest realm bordering a corrupt human kingdom. As a young girl, she meets and falls in love with a human peasant boy named Stefan, whose love for Maleficent is overshadowed by his ambition to become king. As they grow older, the two grow apart, and Maleficent becomes protector of the Moors. When King Henry (Kenneth Cranham) tries to conquer the Moors, a grown Maleficent forces him to retreat. Fatally wounded in battle, he declares that whoever kills Maleficent will be named his successor and marry his only daughter, Princess Leila. Stefan visits Maleficent in the Moors, where he drugs her but cannot bring himself to kill her. Instead, he cuts off her wings and presents them to the king as evidence of her death. Maleficent awakens to find herself wingless. Overwhelmed by Stefan's betrayal, she declares herself Queen of the Moors, forming a dark kingdom with Diaval (Sam Riley), a raven to whom she gives human form. He acts as her wings, her spy and confidant.

The movie then explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy.

The movie is rated PG.

As with all FOLA movies, the movie is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be supplied by Berkshire Bank while FOLA will provide water. For additional information, call (802) 228-7239 or visit FOLA's web site at

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