Friends of Ludlow Auditorium

1 Whispering Pines; Ludlow, VT 05149

Tel. (802) 228-7239 / eMail:

[a 501 (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"

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Dressing Room Dedicated Feb. 28

Following volunteer work that began in August of last year, FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) dedicated the new dressing room in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, February 28 at 10 AM. Designed and constructed by FOLA members the modern facility provides well-lit space, a large closet area, and counter-top with vanity mirrors for the use of the performers. The floor has been carpeted and new chairs added. A speaker was installed by Boston Soundworks so that performers in the dressing room could be aware of what was happening on-stage. The project manager was Jim Alic. He was assisted by David Almond, Kevin Kuntz, Martin Nitka, Ralph Pace, Scott Stearns, and Harry Welch. Alic noted that FOLA received advice from Piper Goodeve of the Weston Playhouse as to the design of the room and desirable equipment in it for performers. Pictured above during the ribbon cutting ceremony are, from left to right, Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, and FOLA Board members Harry Welch, Ralph Pace, Martin Nitka, and Sandra Russo. Jim Alic, the project leader was unable to attend the ceremonies. A video produced by the Chamber and Donald Dill is available by clicking HERE. Photos of work during construction may be found under FOLA Notes to the left.

"Singing in the Rain" Next FOLA Film, May 19

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"Singing in the Rain" will be the next FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) movie on Saturday, May 19 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed - filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly's fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain.

Set during the advent of "talkies," Don Lockwood has risen to stardom during Hollywood's silent-movie era - paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont. And when Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden, Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, Lockwood finds his career in jeopardy after audiences laugh when they hear Lamont speak in her shrill voice for the first time... until the studio decides to use Selden to dub her voice.

The film was only a modest hit when first released. Donald O'Connor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Betty Comden and Adolph Green won the Writers Guild of America Award for their screenplay, while Jean Hagen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. However, it has since been accorded legendary status by contemporary critics, and is frequently regarded as the best film musical ever made. It topped the AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals list and is ranked as the fifth-greatest American motion picture of all time in its updated list of the greatest American films in 2007.

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



FOLA Notes . . .

New Lighting Control Console Will Replace Failed Unit

Unplanned for things have a habit of impacting priorities. That was the case when the lighting control console decided to fail - just before FOLA's annual Christmas program.

Fortunately, with a lot of "jury-rigging", the spotlights were activated and the show went on.

A new console was installed in early January to replace the failed one.



Coming Movies: May 26, 2018


"Florence Foster Jenkins"

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Thanks, AGAIN!

Through your generous contributions this year, FOLA has been able to:

* upgrade our audio system into a single, high-quality system

* replace a worn-out lighting control console with a new, state-of-the-art device

* construct a new dressing room for our performers

* continue and enhance our streaming programming

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