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

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 laurelridge.edu/show, 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.

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Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— 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 (Laurel Ridge) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College. Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

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.

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