Forty years of Laurel Ridge Follies kicks off Monday, Feb. 4

For Immediate Release:
January 31, 2019

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
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Phone: 540-868-7134


Laurel Ridge Community College is celebrating 40 years of the Fairfax Follies Spring Show in April, and is looking for singers, dancers and actors to take part. Those wishing to participate are invited to a kick-off meeting 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the McCoy Theatre on the Middletown Campus.

Communications Studies and Theater Professor Andrea Ludwick is once again directing the show with Judy Rinker. Judy’s son, Russell Rinker – a professional musician and actor who was a member of the Blue Man Group – returns as musical director, and Kay Teachout is again choreographing the show.

Barry Lee, a popular morning host on Winc-FM, will return as emcee for the April 6 and 7 shows.

Although she is retiring this spring, Prof. Ludwick hopes the show will go on for years to come. She has always been a part of it.

“In honor of 40 years of Follies, we’re going to be doing some of the favorite skits of the past,” Ludwick says.

This includes some late-19th century vaudeville acts.

“We’re going to do just a taste of that,” Ludwick says. “Really, I told Russell anything goes. We’ll have plenty of skits.”

There are roles open to people of any age, including children.

“We don’t really do any auditions, per se,” Ludwick says. “We’d love to have many people be in the show. You don’t have to be part of the college to be in it.”

Those who can’t make the kick-off meeting are asked to email Ludwick at [email protected].



Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With three locations — Middletown, Warrenton, and Luray-Page County — the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Laurel Ridge Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Laurel Ridge Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. Laurel Ridge shall promote and maintain equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), status as a veteran, national origin, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment. Inquiries may be directed to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, [email protected]173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645, 540-868-7226.

Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.