Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts
Volunteer of the Month – OCTOBER 2020
October’s Volunteer of the Month is the face behind the Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts’ Facebook account—Sue Ludington. Sue and husband Carl have contributed their talents behind the scenes for a number of years, starting in 1998, when children Annie and Cutler got involved with the Holiday Show, The King & I, and Annie. Carl started volunteering with the lighting. “Right away, we enjoyed the family feel of this organization,” Sue said.
As their family business grew, the Ludingtons took a bit of a break from their theater activities, but after the fire, they warmed up to the idea of helping out once again. Carl helped Michael Jordan with productions of Into the Woods and Urinetown in the Studio Theater, and when the Lebowsky was ready to open, Sue could hardly wait to help promote Shrek. “I was devastated by the fire, as were so many of us,” said Sue. “I knew I wanted to help get things going again, so I started promoting the show on Facebook.” The OCP Facebook page had just come into being, and Sue tackled it like the marketing trooper she is (or at least became after all she has learned over the years of doing it!)
Sue continued to manage the Lebowsky Facebook account from 2010 until recently as part of the marketing committee, which she chaired for several years. (Josh Holliday took over the Facebook duties on October 1) She serves on the finance committee and the fund development committee and is currently awaiting her stint as the president of the LCPA, beginning in June of 2021.
Sue and Carl were instrumental in the reconstruction of the marquee, complete with the chasing light feature that many local people remember. With Carl as the project manager, it was only natural for Sue to be right in there with him, figuring out the best way to get people on board. Sue spearheaded a drive to raise the necessary funds to complete the updated marquee. She personally helped clean the 900 light sockets!
“The Lebowsky Center is a wonderful place to be creative,” Sue said. “I always enjoy promoting this wonderful organization that has meant so much to our family and to this community.”