The Founding of Festival Theatre and the Promise of The Best of Broadway   No fewer than 300,000 people over the past 30 years have attended a New Bedford Festival Theatre production at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. In addition to supporting the arts, these audiences patronize many downtown New Bedford hotels, shops, restaurants, and…

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CONTROVERSY and ACCLAIM  Flip Sides of a Generation                                            Festival Theatre began its third decade in the summer of 2010 with the musical fable GYPSY. Earlier that year, Festival Theatre moved its offices once again,…

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“The Best of Times”  A look back at the Best of Broadway on The South Coast Bugle Beads, Ostrich Plumes, and A Little More Mascara – How Festival Theatre’s inaugural production of La Cage aux Folles began a 30-year legacy   Rapturous cheers and applause drowned out the triumphant finale “The Best of Times.” It…

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New Bedford Festival Theatre is pleased to announce our artistic staff for ANNIE. Diane DiCroce (Director) is a Musical Theatre Director, Actor and Educator. Most recently she directed Spotlight Repertory’s (NYC) first full production, Mamma Mia, at the Music Hall. Other Directing credits include: Always, Patsy Cline, Our Town, Inherit the Wind and The King…

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  Audition Dates: Sat & Sun, January 25 & 26, 2020  – Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA – 10:30 am – 4 pm *Saturday, January 25  is for girls 8 & up ONLY. Sunday, January 26 is adults 16 years and up ONLY* Fri & Sat, February 21 & 22, 2020 – Ripley-Grier…

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The Best Of Times, held on Saturday, November 30th, was New Bedford Festival Theatre’s star-studded event at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. The evening was a smashing success, with Representative Antonio Cabral in attendance. Mayor Jon Mitchell welcomed former mayors Scott Lang, Fred Kaliz, and John Bullard. The community came out to honor George Charbonneau,…

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Armand Marchand, New Bedford Festival Theatre’s Founder has announced that as of August 1, 2019, and after 30 seasons as Executive Producer, he will be succeeded by Wendy Hall. Marchand has now been named to the position of Executive Director. Hall, who is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory, and New Bedford High School will produce both this…

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We are thrilled to announce our 30th anniversary season shows!  The Best Of Times, Saturday, November 30, 2019 @ 7 PM New Bedford Festival Theatre’s founder and artistic director are local legends. Armand Marchand and George Charbonneau are respected and beloved members of our community. Whether you know them through NBHS or NBFT, chances are they…

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