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Kat Perkins in Medora

Former Burning Hills Singer and Top-Five Finalist of ‘The Voice’ to Perform One-Day Concert

(MEDORA, ND) – Former star of ‘The Voice’ and North Dakota native Kat Perkins is set to return to the stage of the Medora Musical, for a one-day concert on July 31, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. MDT, prior to that evening’s showing of the Medora Musical.

Fresh from her time staring on NBC’s hit singing competition show, ‘The Voice,’ Perkins performed two, sold-out concerts in Medora’s Burning Hills Amphitheatre in 2014 – the first selling out in less than four hours. Since then she has toured across the Midwest, worked and rubbed shoulders with some of the music industry’s elite, and entertained US Service Members in the Middle East. She has also dedicated a significant amount of time talking to youngsters about following their dreams with determination – something she’s become very passionate about and that she attributes much of her success to.

She’s kept a very busy schedule, all while working on new music that has the signature attitude and power that turned three chairs and landed her on Team Adam in season six of ‘The Voice.’

“For me, Medora is a special place. I performed there for several years in the Medora Musical early in my career and, after ‘The Voice,’ I just had to return,” Perkins says. “It’s a place where so many are inspired, a place where again this summer I have a chance to inspire my fans to follow their dreams – inspire them with music I’ve been working hard on, and some of my good ‘ole favorites that really rock!”

Fargo singer/songwriter, “Izzy” Marcil, is slated to open the July 31 concert. Marcil graduated from Fargo Shanley in 2013 and is currently attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

The Medora Musical will show that evening at 7:30 p.m. MDT, following Perkins’ concert, and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary all summer long. The first performance of the Medora Musical was on July 1, 1965.

Concert and Concert-Musical Combo Tickets go on-sale March 2, at MEDORA.COM.

People come from all over the world to work in Medora. And why wouldn’t they? The scenery is breathtaking, the Medora Musical creates a perpetual buzz about town, and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation operates as if it were one big family.

Working here is an all together different experience. A summer in Medora is a rite of passage for some, and an unforgettable experience for all. Many call it, “The best summer of my life!”

But don’t take our word for it. Read on, and find out what previous employees’ have to say about working in Medora.


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This article was first published by the Journal of Accountancy and was written by Sheon Ladson Wilson.

Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation President, Randy Hatzenbuhler, was recently featured in the January issue of the Journal of Accountancy. Read on to see what Randy has to say about his early years in Medora, our thriving Medora Volunteer Program, and more.


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Medora Musical - auditions

Auditions to be held in Bismarck, Fargo, Minneapolis, and Memphis

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, in conjunction with StageWest Entertainment, is pleased to announce audition dates for the 50th Anniversary of the Medora Musical – which first began showing in 1965.

Auditions for singers, dancers and musicians interested in becoming members of the Burning Hills Singers and Coal Diggers Band will be held at the dates and times below. Read more →

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We all learn that heat rises. This past weekend in Medora guests experienced this phenomenon first hand.  Hot air balloons from North Dakota and surrounding states came to Medora for the 12 annual hot air balloon rally. Read more →

This blog is courtesy of our friends at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The second annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival will be held September 19-21, 2014 in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and throughout the City of Historic Medora. Guest speakers include aurora borealis expert Dr. Joe Shaw, Hubble Space Telescope scientist and Mercury mission planner Mark “Indy” Kochte, and Kevin “the Dark Ranger” Poe from Bryce Canyon National Park. Daytime activities include model rocket building and launching, programs inside Dickinson State University’s Discovery Dome, solar viewing, solar system hikes, and hands-on activities. Evening stargazing with a field of telescopes manned by park rangers and astronomers will take place at Peaceful Valley Ranch. The full schedule of events is available for download at Read more →



This is Burning Hills Singer Misti Koop’s last “Behind the Scenes” blog of the season.

My friend Marcus, the Medora Musical Drummer of eight years, told me this. “Misti, each year is different. You can’t predict how, but each season has a different flow and energy. You just have to enjoy whatever you like about it each year!” You know what Marc, you are exactly correct. This being my second year as part of the Medora Musical, people ask, “which year has been your favorite?” I can’t even answer that. Each year is wonderful and special and un-comparable. I can share some favorite highlights of the season though! Read more →

You’ve seen him on stage of the Medora Musical the past two years, as the wise-cracking co-host with Emily Walter. His past has been shrouded in magic and mystery, but we’re here to shed some light on Medora’s famous magician.

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We hope you are as excited for the Kat Perkins September 7 concert as we are! Her performance on August 22 was absolutely fantastic and we can’t wait for you to see the concert everyone is raving about.

Here are a few ‘need to knows’ for you:

Enjoy a Steak after the Concert!

Due to popular demand, we’re offering the Pitchfork Steak Fondue on September 7, after the Kat Perkins Concert.xx

Enjoy a great dinner with steak fondued on a pitchfork, western style, overlooking the Badlands. Plus, the Pitchfork Fondue is only feet away from the concert!

You can get tickets online or call 1-800-MEDORA-1 for dinner after Kat Perkins! (Steak, Buffet, and kids meals available) Read more →

Roger Rettig’s love of music has led him from England to Medora Musical stage.

This guest blog was written by Linda Sailer of the Dickinson Press. The full article can be found on the Dickinson Press website.


MEDORA — Over the past 10 seasons of the Medora Musical, Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation President Randy Hatzenbuhler said has come to know Roger Rettig well.

“We have a weekend routine when we all get together around a campfire in the backyard,” Hatzenbuhler said. “Roger and Bill (Sorenson) start telling stories — it’s like Laurel and Hardy. I love his British humor.”

England is where Rettig’s music career began 55 years ago — and he’s still going strong. Rettig is the pedal steel guitar player with The Coal Diggers Band, which plays for the Burning Hills Singers and takes center stage nightly at the Medora Musical. Rettig called Burning Hills Amphitheatre “an absolutely unique venue,” and referenced the recent spell of cold weather when describing how much he appreciates playing there. Read more →


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