Ludlow hosts Christmas performance Friday
By Christian Avard
Staff Writer | December 13,2012
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LUDLOW — Local residents, elementary students, high school students and second homeowners are coming together to give the Ludlow community a special holiday treat.
The Friends of the Ludlow Auditorium is putting on their third annual Community Christmas Celebration at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ludlow Auditorium.
Co-organizer Ralph Pace said the concert is FOLA’s biggest event of the year and that it’s a celebration that Ludlow residents enjoy attending.
“It’s something we look forward to every year,” Pace said. “It’s a happy occasion and it’s our small way of giving people in the town a Christmas present.”
This year’s concert features some familiar and new faces to the Ludlow area. Connie Wilcox, Ludlow Elementary and Black River High School choral and music director, will direct 25 students in a performance. This is her third year co-organizing the event.
“This is the only concert they perform at the Auditorium. All of the other concerts take place on campus,” Wilcox said. “I like the fact that students can give back to the community in a special way during the holidays. Both groups are excited about it.”
Wilcox will start the program with traditional bell ringing songs. Accompanying Wilcox are Ludlow residents Cynthia Bostock, Diana Chimbolo, Lynne Croswell and Shona Trimboli.
The program will feature three student group performances by the Black River High School ensemble, the high school chorus and the third- and fourth-grade students from LES.
The Black River High School ensemble, led by Allison Good, will perform several favorite holiday melodies. The Black River High School chorus will follow.
Tesha Buss of Plymouth and Andy Ohotnicky of Ludlow are performing for the first time. Ohotnicky will start things off with a personal reflection and song about his holiday experience from last year called “The 12 Days After Christmas,” a humorous adaptation of the classic Christmas song “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
Buss will accompany Ohotnicky on stage and sing to him the Broadway holiday tune “We Need a Little Christmas.” Bruce Farr, a local creative writer and commentator, will read excerpts from Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory,” and be accompanied by Tony Masteler on guitar.
Broadway and TV writers and authors Stan and Jane Hart of Cavendish will offer their own seasonal comedy skit, “A Holiday Story.”
The LES students will end the gala event with a sing-along.
Cavendish Town Elementary School Principal George Thomson returns for another year as the program’s emcee.
“This will be a chance for FOLA to thank the people for supporting us and to offer everyone a chance to celebrate this holiday with family, friends and neighbors,” Pace said.
The event is free and the Ludlow Auditorium is at 37 Depot St. in Ludlow. For more information call 228-7239 or visit www.fola.us.