On May 27, 2020

 FOLA offers free musical event featuring Susan Haefner

Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m.—LUDLOW— While Covid-19 has changed much in our regular lifestyle, FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) has decided that it would not stop it from presenting a planned musical concert featuring Susan Haefner and her guest, Lisa Brigantino.

So, on Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m., FOLA presents “An Evening with Susan Haefner” on the internet. The concert will be streamed on Okemo Valley TV’s YouTube channel and televised on its community access channel (Comcast channel 1076 & VTel channel 166).  It will be permanently archived for viewing on Okemo Valley TV’s website and YouTube channel.

During the premiere viewing on May 30, viewers will have a chance to “chat” with Susan who are viewing the concert from the YouTube web site. Access to the concert will be via the following internet addresses: YouTube.com/OkemoValleyTV , OkemoValley.tv (May 30 premiere at 7 p.m.) and OkemoValley.tv/SusanHaefner (following the May 30 premiere.)

“This will give us a chance to bring some great and happy music into the lives of the viewers.  Both Lisa and I are really looking forward to singing songs that will temporarily make the virus disappear and hopefully bring a smile to the viewers’ face,” Haefner said.

“We may not be able to present this concert in the Heald Auditorium but we definitely want the public to have a chance to hear the great music of Susan Haefner.  We hope everyone will just sit back and relax to this great musical event,” Scott Stearns, FOLA chairman, added.

Susan Haefner is a professional actor, director, teacher and Broadway veteran, and is now proud to call Vermont home. She has appeared in over 25 productions at Weston Playhouse, as well as in many plays at Northern Stage in White River Junction and Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, New Hampshire. Recently Susan appeared as Rosemary Clooney in “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical” at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, Connecticut. This was Susan’s fourth time in the role, which she originated at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Susan’s Broadway credits include “State Fair,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “42nd Street.” Tours include “Billy Elliot” (national tour and Toronto) and “Damn Yankees” with Jerry Lewis (national tour and London’s West End). Susan has also appeared regionally at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Asolo Repertory Theatre, New London Barn Playhouse, Barter Theatre, Weston Playhouse and Florida Studio Theatre. She received her MFA from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Susan is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. For more info visit susanhaefner.com.

Special guest Lisa Brigantino is an award-winning singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, music director and accompanist.  Her original songs span numerous genres and she also composes for TV, film, advertising, theater and more.  Lisa has performed her original music at a variety of venues and notable festivals in the U.S. She has released three full length albums of original music, her latest being the critically-acclaimed album “I’ll Waltz Before I Go,” an eclectic collection of her songs ranging from folk to rock, old-time, americana and more.

Lisa was an original member of Lez Zeppelin, the world’s first all-girl Led Zeppelin tribute band and toured internationally with the band for a number of years playing bass, mandolin and keyboards at A-list venues and festivals around the world.  She left the band in 2009 to focus on her original music. Fore more info visit lisabrigantino.com.

The entire program is sponsored by FOLA in conjunction with the assistance of Okemo Valley TV studios.  For information about the concert, call 802-228-7239 or visit the FOLA web site at fola.us.

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