New Bedford Festival Theatre and Executive Producer Wendy Hall celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride 2021 and the return of Festival Theatre in-person performances with Broadway performer and Festival Theatre alumni John Michael Dias as Miss Evita Loca Professional Broadway Lady.  Miss Evita Loca is “a sassy, brassy matchy matchy, fun-loving Professional Broadway Lady.”  In Professional Broadway Lady,…

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New Bedford Festival Theatre Summer Academy 2021!  We are thrilled to offer the New Bedford Festival Theatre Summer Academy this year with two exciting workshops.  The first is To Broadway, With Love 2.0, a Musical Theatre performance workshop taught by Diane DiCroce, professor of Musical Theatre at Emerson College, and Juan Rodriguez, NBFT music director.…

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To Broadway with Love

“There’s No Business Like Show Business!”  New Bedford Festival Theatre Returns!  We’ve missed you and are thrilled to announce – WE’RE BACK!  New Bedford Festival Theatre and Executive Producer Wendy Hall returns April 8-11, 2021 with “TO BROADWAY,WITH LOVE” The spring production will be presented for four streamed performances, each with special post-performance Zoom offerings.…

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This four session virtual workshop guides students as they hone skills essential to the craft of acting. Students will thoroughly explore a monologue, taking it from the rehearsal stage to performance level while developing their voice and physicality. Risk-taking and creativity will also be a focus, as students practice the art (and fun!) of improvisation…

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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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