Friends of Ludlow Auditorium

PO Box 83 Ludlow, VT  05149

Tel (802) 228-3238 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 & Okemo Valley area, and its visitors"

 

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FOLA Notes

FOLA Elects New Officers, Sets Plans for 2019

At its annual meeting in January, FOLA elected new officers and began developing new plans for the forthcoming year.

Scott Stearns was elected as FOLA's Chairperson, Jim Alic and David Almond continued as Vice-Chair and Treasurer respectively, and George Thomson assumed the post of Secretary.  Scott agreed to temporarily continue as Program Director until a suitable replacement could be named.

The FOLA Board agreed to purchase new equipment and services to continue improving the auditorium facilities.  Among the planned enhancements are:

·   Communication devices between the balcony and back stage

· New equipment to support the auditorium lighting

· Protective coverings for electrical wiring in the balcony

· Testing and replacement of some spotlights

· Training on the new spotlight console

· Repairs to the 1900 upright grand piano

· Conversion of the web site to a Word Press format

Scott indicated that FOLA would be implementing new programs in 2019 to continue improvement of programs offered to audiences and organizations.

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"FOLA Presents" On
Okemo Valley TV

For the past year, FOLA has offerred an advance preview of its coming events on a TV program called "FOLA Present" aired by Okemo Valley TV on Comcast cable channels 8 (Ludlow, Plymouth and Cavendish) and 20 in Mt Holly as well selected VTel channels.

The purpose of the presentation is to advise viewers of the coming month's schedule of FOLA events. Information about each comng event is supplied as well as graphics heatured in them.

Pictured above are FOLA chairman, Scott Stearns and Treasurer, David Almond, in the latest episode of "FOLA Presents". Jim Alic is also a frequent contributor to the program.

 

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Miss seeing the great Christmas 2018 Program?

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

Coming Movies:

July 20, 2019

at 7 PM

"When Harry Met Sally"

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6/10/2019

Date of last web site update

Hey, Seniors, FOLA Showing Special Movie for You, July 6

"Jesus Christ Superstar" Featured June 22 in Auditorium

FOLA will present a screening of a live edition of the 1970 musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” in the Heald Auditorium at the Ludlow Town Hall on Saturday June 22 at 7pm.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” started out as a concept album in 1970 then became a musical sensation in 1970 and then a movie musical hit in 1973.  It is a rock opera that looks at the life of Jesus Christ from a psychological perspective with the plot focused on Judas and his questioning of Jesus’ direction.  The music was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice. It has been presented on Broadway four times.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” is open to everyone and is free (donations are appreciated).  It will start at 7pm on Saturday June 22 in the Heald Auditorium (upstairs at the Ludlow Town Hall).  The movie runs one hour and thirty nine minutes and it is rated PG. Berkshire Bank will provide the popcorn with FOLA supplying water. For more information, call 802-228-3238 or visit FOLA's web site at www.fola.us.


Seniors and Change Featured in "Finding Your Feet", July 6

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"Finding Your Feet"' a senior's 'independence day' kind of film, will be FOLA's next monthly movie on Saturday, July 6 at 7 PM in the Heald Auditorium of Ludlow Town Hall.

Finding Your Feet is a 2017 romantic comedy film directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard. The film stars Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley, and David Hayman, and was released on 23 February 2018 in the United Kingdom.

When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of thirty five years (John Sessions) is having an affair with her best friend (Josie Lawrence), she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free spirited sibling who lives on an inner-city council estate. But difference is just what Sandra needs and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class where she meets her sister's friends, Charlie (Timothy Spall), Jackie (Joanna Lumley) and Ted (David Hayman). This colorful group of defiant and energetic third-agers start to show Sandra that retirement is a beginning, and that divorce could be her new lease of life and love.

According to film critic Roger Ebert, "When it comes to senior-bait cinema that glorifies the act of seizing the day and taking second chances in one’s golden years, actors who hail from the United Kingdom are, in my semi-humble opinion, far more adept at the genre than their Hollywood counterparts".

He added, "But the relationship that may most strike a chord with audiences is the one between the two polar-opposite sisters, who manage to reunite and recall happy memories from the past just in the nick of time. “Finding Your Feet” finds its own footing by putting its trust in its sturdy performers and avoiding many of the usual tea-time clichés as it allows its British cast to be defined by their relatable human circumstances more than quaint Anglo quirks. Basically, growing old is a bitch but doing it with others can ease much of the distress".

As with all FOLA films, the movie is open to everyone and is free (although donations are appreciated). Popcorn will be provided by Berkshire Bank and water by FOLA. For information, call 802-228-3238.

Thanks, AGAIN!

Through your generous contributions this year, FOLA will be able to:

• Upgrade stage & balcony spotlights

• Complete the audio consolidation in the balcony

• Design a permanent stage setting & rigging

• Bring New and Exciting musical events to the Heald Auditorium

• Continue streaming Broadway musicals and plays

We're planning on additional improvements this year and hope you'll continue to help us present quality entertainment and public service programming in the beautiful Heald Auditorium in the Ludlow Town Hall.

 

 

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FOLA

PO Box 83

Ludlow, VT  05149