Ƶ Follies set to entertain with three shows the weekend of April 13 and 14

For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2024

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

Follies Be Happy graphic
The show is suitable for all audiences.

Mark your calendars for this year’s Spring Follies, scheduled for Saturday, April 13, and Sunday April 14, in the Corron Community Development Center on Ƶ’s Middletown Campus. Show times are 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the 13th, and 2 p.m. on the 14th. 

The variety show is a long-running Ƶ tradition, started in the 1970s by Professor Emerita Andrea Ludwick, who still helps put on the Follies. This year’s theme is “Be Happy!” and will feature performances by children and adults of all ages. Director Russell Rinker, who has performed as a member of Blue Man Group and in many other plays and musicals, got his start as a preschooler in The Follies.

“It’s going to be such a fun show!” Ludwick says of this year’s Follies. “The upbeat music and funny skits are certain to put everyone in a happy mood!”

Pre-show activities are scheduled to begin 1½ hours before each show, and will include facepainting, coloring, musical chairs and a selfie station. Free ice cream will also be available. Additionally, Cub Scout Pack 3 will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks as a summer camp fundraiser.

Tickets are $5 at the door, with children under 5 free. All proceeds benefit the Andrea Ludwick Performing Arts Fund.

Founded in 1970, Ƶ 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. Ƶ 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. Ƶ also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Ƶ serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Ƶ is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Ƶ also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Ƶ 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 ().

Ƶ is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. Ƶ 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. Ƶ 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.

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