Through special arrangements with the Weston Playhouse staff, FOLA will feature the talented songstress, Marissa McGowan, in a musical tribute to Hollywood musics on Saturday, February 25 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
Marissa will offer "Broadway at the Movies", a musical tour of over 80 years of Hollywood's greatest songs.
She is a familiar actress at the Weston Playhouse where she recently starred in "Man of La Mancha" and "Guys and Dolls".
Marissa McGowan is NYC based actress and singer. She has appeared on Broadway in the A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Revival along side Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury ,BONNIE AND CLYDE and LES MISERABLES. Favorite regional roles include Petra in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSICA at American Conservatory Theatre (Theatre Bay Area award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical), Magnolia in SHOW BOAT at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC with the Lyric Theatre , Guinevere in CAMELOT and Mary Jane in BIG RIVER at the Goodspeed Opera House. Guest Soloist with Indianapolis Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Houston Symphony, Annapolis Chorale, Alpine Theatre Project,and the American Cancer Society Marvin Hamlisch tribute at the Hudson Theater in NYC. Marissa grew up on Long Island and then attended Syracuse University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater.
The program is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. For information, call (802) 228-7239 or visit www.fola.us.
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FOLA's (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) next movie will be "Brooklyn", a romantic dama about an Irish immigrant, on Saturday, March 11 at 7 PM in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
Brooklyn is a 2015 British-Canadian-Irish romantic drama film directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, based on Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel of the same name. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters. Set in 1951 and 1952, the film tells the story of a young Irish woman's immigration to Brooklyn, where she falls in love. When her past catches up with her she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within them for her.
In 1951, Eilis Lacey is a young woman from a small town in southeast Ireland, where she lives with her mother and sister Rose. She is unable to find employment, other than working weekends at a shop run by the spiteful Miss Kelly, nicknamed "Nettles Kelly", and is not interested in the local young men. Her sister writes to Father Flood, an Irish priest in Brooklyn, who arranges for Eilis to go to the United States to find a better future.
Eilis lives at a Brooklyn boarding house gets a job at a department store but is shy and quiet when interacting with customers, garnering some criticism from Miss Fortini, her supervisor. Letters from her sister make her homesick, and Father Flood visits her and tries to help by enrolling her in bookkeeping classes. At a dance she meets a young Italian plumber, Tony Fiorello, who becomes her boyfriend. She begins to feel more comfortable in New York City, and she and Tony become more and more involved romantically. Together, they enjoy dancing, movies, the beach at Coney Island, and dinner with his family.
But events back in Ireland develop that compel Eilis to return. Subsequently, she is forced to decide whether she wants to return to Brooklyn or not.
Brooklyn premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. It opened in limited release on 4 November 2015 in the US and the UK on 6 November 2015. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film.
As with all FOLA movies, the film is open to everyone and is free; donationss are appreciated. Berkshire Bank will provide popcorn for the event while FOLA will offer water. Information is available at (802)228-7239 and www.fola.us.