Laurel Ridge Follies Spring Show celebrates 40 years

For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2019

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

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Be sure to catch one of the four Laurel Ridge Follies Spring Shows the weekend of April 6 and 7 in the McCoy Theatre on Laurel Ridge’s Middletown Campus. Shows start at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 6, and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on April 7.

This will mark the curtain call for Laurel Ridge Associate Professor Andrea Ludwick, who has staged the performances for the past 40 years. The beloved veteran instructor is retiring this spring.

There will be a reception in her honor at 4:30 p.m. April 6 in the Kummli Lounge of Cornerstone Hall. Light refreshments will be served, and donations to the Andrea Ludwick Performing Arts Fund will be accepted.

Russell Rinker, the Strasburg High School graduate who has gone on to star in the Broadway National Tour of “Amazing Grace,” and was a long-time member of Blue Man Group, is once again serving as Follies musical director. Rinker, whose parents Judy and Rick both worked at Laurel Ridge and have often performed in the Follies, started performing on the Laurel Ridge stage while still a preschooler.

92.5 Winc-FM’s Barry Lee returns as emcee for the program, which will feature song and dance numbers, as well as skits.

Pre-show activities, including cake and candy walks and face painting, start 1 ½ hours before each show. Barbecue, hot dogs and nachos will be sold, and free ice cream will be handed out.

Tickets are a budget-friendly $2. For more information, visit, or call (540) 868-7194. The show is sponsored by Student Activities and the Fine and Performing Arts Club. For more information about the reception for Ludwick, email [email protected], or call (540) 869-0788.


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.