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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From Stage to Screen: Taylor Schilling, Star of the Hit Show Orange is the New Black, to be Honored by New Bedford Festival Theatre New Bedford Festival Theatre is proud to host acclaimed actress Taylor Schilling as its Guest of Honor this July, for a special visit to the City of New Bedford. In addition…

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Betsy Padamonsky (DONNA) 1. Tell a little about yourself – Background info, family, education, Interests/hobbies, etc. I grew up in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, the home of the famous Slinky.  I began performing at age 4 when I played the youngest orphan, Molly, in ‘Annie.’  From that point on I was completely obsessed with performing. I am…

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New Bedford Festival Theatre is pleased to announce the cast of our upcoming production of MAMMA MIA! (July 19 – 28), under the direction and choreography of Jennifer Swiderski.  Betsy Padamonsky as Donna (MAMMA MIA National farewell tour) and Mark Bradley Miller as Sam (Sound of Music, National Tour) will lead the cast. Along with…

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As part of Art week, award-winning choreographer and producer of NBFT, Wendy Hall, will teach a combination from one our past New Bedford Festival Theatre productions, HAIRSPRAY! This FREE class will take place at the YMCA in New Bedford, from 11:30 am – 1 pm on Sunday, April 28th. Learn classic musical theatre choreography in…

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READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE  New Bedford Festival Theatre was featured in the Standard Times and on southcoasttoday.com, Thursday, February 21, 2019. The article, titled “Mamma Mia! A Season of Change and Excitement.”, features interviews with Founder/Executive Producer Armand Marchand, Producer Wendy Hall, and Director/Choreographer Jennifer Swiderski. All three discuss our upcoming production of MAMMA…

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