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New Bedford Festival Theatre Announces Staff 2019 – 2020 Season

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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30th Anniversary Season Announced!

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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Taylor Schilling to be Honored by New Bedford Festival Theatre

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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Meet the Cast – Betsy Padamonsky

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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MAMMA MIA Cast Announcement!

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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FREE Master Dance Class in support of ArtWeek!

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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Exciting Changes at New Bedford Festival Theatre

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE  New Bedford Festival Theatre was featured in the Standard Times and on, 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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MAMMA MIA Audition Information

Audition Dates: Sunday Feb. 24, 2019 – Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA – 10:30 am – 4 pm Sat & Sun, March 10 & 11 – New England Theatre Conference (contact N.E.T.C. for information) Saturday, March 23, 2019 – Ripley-Grier Studios, New York, New York   BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Rehearsal days: Rehearsals Start: Monday…

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Having The Time of Your Life Gala Fundraiser!

“Having the Time of Your Life!” — On Saturday November 10th, more than 100 guests attended this “Summer in Santorini” style gala in support of New Bedford Festival Theatre and its summer 2019 production of Mamma Mia! Nationally awarded and renowned in the theatre world, the organization is proud to now celebrate 30 years of…

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