The New Bedford Festival Theater celebrates 50 years of performing arts with “Welcome to the Theatre!” – Guide to New Bedford

The New Bedford Festival Theater presents Welcome to the Theatre! 50 years of performing arts in our city; a Tribute to Armand Marchand and George Charbonneau. The event will take place on October 22, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at New Bedford High School’s Phillip Bronspiegel Auditorium.

In 1972, the “new” New Bedford High School opened its doors with the promise that Broadway-caliber plays and musicals would be performed by Marchand and Charbonneau on the stage of its brand new auditorium…New Bedford was never again the same.

From 1972 to 2001, Marchand and Charbonneau produced and directed 60 plays and musicals on the stage of New Bedford High School’s Phillip Bronspiegel Auditorium.
In September 1982, Marchand and Charbonneau began their 40-year association with the Zeiterion Theater beginning with the historic downtown theater’s reopening night featuring Shirley Jones: In Concert.

In the summer of 1983, the New Bedford High School Drama Club’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar was chosen to transfer to the Zeiterion Theater stage, and in 1984 Marchand and Charbonneau were hired as co-directors of the 1984 Zeiterion Summer Musicals to 1989. In 1990, Marchand founded the New Bedford Festival Theater which is now entering its 33rd season as the region’s only professional theater devoted to musical theatre.

Welcome to the Theatre! will be a full evening of entertainment including:
● The premiere of Legends Among Us, a short documentary about Marchand and Charbonneau shot in November 2019.
● Musical performances.
● Special tributes from alumni and special guests.
● An overview of the exhibition:
“Looking Back/Looking Forward: 50 Years of Performing Arts in Our City; a tribute to Armand Marchand and George Charbonneau.

Welcome to the Theatre! Only one night! October 22, 2022 7:00 p.m.
at New Bedford High School’s Phillip Bronspiegel Auditorium. General admission seats are $25
All proceeds will go to the Festival Theater Summer Academy Scholarship Fund and the New Bedford High School Drama Club.

Tickets can be purchased online at nbfestivaltheatre.com, by phone (508) 994-2900 or in person at the Zeiterion Box Office 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA 02740.