Everything Is Coming Up Roses!


“Everything’s Coming Up Roses”

As part of the celebration of New Bedford Festival Theatre’s 20th Anniversary, the organization held  a Gala at the Country Club of New Bedford on Saturday, May 22. “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” was the theme for the event, a fitting choice as Festival Theatre readies for its upcoming production of Gypsy in July.

There were food areas highlighting prior shows like chicken baked with coconut and lime served on a banana leaf for South Pacific, Austrian Weiner Schnitzel for The Sound of Music, and éclairs along with an assortment of truffles for Les Mis. In all there were six food areas, including a New York Deli with the address of 42nd Street and three dessert stations. All paired with wines and/or after-dinner drinks.

The fabulous Pat Cardeiro quartet rounded out the night with an array of great music for listening and dancing.  And to top things off, there were some surprise guests who entertained as well.  John Dias from the national tour of Jersey Boys, Kurt Sternloff from NBFT’s  Joseph…, David Weitzer from Jekyll & Hyde and Les Mis, Peter DaSilva from Beauty and the Beast, Jarrad Nunes from Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and Allison Mosier who sang from Oklahoma!

Honorary chair for the Gala was State Senator Mark Montigny and co-chairs were Kathy Castro and Sarah Lamothe.

During these past 20 years, NBFT has presented more than 30 Broadway musicals at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and has established itself as the premier regional summer-stock company in southern New England.

Sponsors for the night were Bristol County Savings Bank, Ustinov Diamond Jewelers, and the Country Club of New Bedford.