FOLA to reopen the Heald Auditorium with silent movie “The Freshman”

Silent actor Harold Lloyd in "The Freshman." Photo provided
Silent actor Harold Lloyd in “The Freshman.” Photo provided

LUDLOW, Vt. – After discussing the options with Municipal Manager Scott Murphy, FOLA plans to reopen the Heald Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall Saturday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. with its annual Silent Movie Festival, featuring the comedic eloquence of Harold Lloyd in the comedy classic, “The Freshman.”

According to Scott Stearns, FOLA’s program director, “This will be a wonderful chance for area folks to enjoy the great comedy of Harold Lloyd along with the incomparable musical background created by Jeff Rapsis.” He added that FOLA will be restarting its movie and musical schedule at that time with events planned through the end of the year.

FOLA has already made arrangements with Susan Haefner and Lisa Brigantino for a live musical concert in the auditorium Saturday, Nov. 13.

The full schedule for the restarted 2021 season will include:

  • Saturday, Aug. 21, Silent Movie Festival: “The Freshman”
  • Saturday, Sept. 25, “Brigadoon”
  • Saturday, Oct. 23, “Sleepy Hollow”
  • Saturday, Nov. 13, live musical concert featuring Susan Haefner and Lisa Brigantino
  • Saturday, Dec. 18, “It’s a Wonderful Life”
  • Wednesday, Dec. 29, “Little Women” starts at 5 p.m.

Unless otherwise noted, all events will start at 7 p.m.

As indicated by Murphy in his discussions with FOLA, all of these plans are subject to both the future developments associated with the Covid-19 virus as well as plans initiated by Gov. Scott.

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