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You’ve got to be a Jack or Jane of all trades when you are a Burning Hills Singer. For many, the work doesn’t start and stop on the stage of the Medora Musical. Read what Misti Koop has to say about working all the livelong day in Medora!

Most of us work a second job, so this schedule helps to shape our weeks here in Medora. Many of us sing a set each week at the Chuckwagon Patio, and our Coal Diggers accompany us as well as play 6 nights a week up at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue!

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Dinner and a Show — just how Harold did it in 1965

50 years ago, Harold Schafer embarked upon building what we know today as the Medora Musical — a show we North Dakotans are proud to call our own, that has now entertained nearly 4 Million people. One of the very first things Harold did to bring guests to his new show was rent charter busses and fill them up with curious folks from Bismarck-Mandan, telling them he was taking them to “Dinner and a show!”

For one day only, September 11, the final Friday of the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical, we’re bringing back one of Harold’s first ideas to promote the Medora Musical. 

Thanks to our friends at Harlow’s Trailways and iHeart Media Bismarck, you can jump on the Harlow’s Harold Bus to Medora, see the show on the final Friday of the season, and sleep in your own bed that same night (although it’ll be a little late after all that fun.)


This One Day Trip Includes

  • Round trip, same-day charter travel to Medora – leave and return on Friday, September 11
  • FREE and exclusive greeting from Medora Musical Cast and TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler
  • Dinner at the world-famous Pitchfork Steak Fondue
  • FREE Medora Musical Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Lower level, group seating to the Medora Musical, the “Greatest Show in the West!” for the final Friday of the Medora Musical

The Harold Schafer documentary “Mr. Bubble” will air on the bus en route to Medora. Other bus amenities include: Free WiFi, restroom, reclining seats, DVD entertainment & 110 volt outlets.



Adult Musical, Pitchfork Fondue, Cast Greeting, Tour, & Transportation

$85.00 +tax



Harold Bus to Medora Itinerary

  • 3:30pm CDT Check-in at iHeart Media Studios in Bismarck, ND
    3500 E Rosser Ave
    Bismarck, ND 58501
  • 4:00pm CDT Bus Departs from iHeart Media Studios in Bismarck, ND
  • 5:00pm MDT Arrive in Medora
  • 5:15pm MDT Special Greeting from Medora Musical Cast Member and TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler with a “Harold Story”
  • 5:30pm MDT Pitchfork Steak Fondue at the Tjaden Terrace
  • 6:30pm MDT time to take in the beautiful badlands, take a few photos or shop around the Medora Musical Welcome Center
  • 7:30pm MDT enjoy the Medora Musical!
  • 9:40pm MDT Medora Musical concludes
  • 10:00pm MDT Depart Medora
  • 1:00am CDT return to Bismarck at iHeart Media Studios


Tickets are very limited for this special, Harold Bus to Medora

So call 1-800-MEDORA-1 to book now!


A special thanks goes to our friends at Harlow’s Trailways and iHeart Media Bismarck for their support in this fun way to pay tribute to Harold Schafer and allow more folks to experience Medora for positive, life-changing experiences.


Crowd favorite Medora Musical Variety Act to return to Medora August 29 – September 12

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) and StageWest Entertainment is proud to announce that the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Troupe will return to the stage of the Medora Musical, as the featured Variety Act, August 29 – September 12.

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We all gotta eat. Between hiking, shopping, the Medora Musical, and Bully Pulpit Golf Course, you may wonder when you and your gang will find time to eat. Relax, we’ve got your back. In Medora, there is no shortage of places to grab a bite and take a load off. Below are the best places to eat when you are in between your Medora adventures! Take a look.

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Numbers on pace to set all time record 

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is excited to announce that sales for the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical have officially surpassed the total for the 2014 rendition of the “Greatest Show in the West.”

At box office closing on Monday, total sales for this year’s show have crossed the 2014 total of 103,946, and are on pace to set an all-time record with nearly a month of the Medora Musical remaining.

Ticket sales for this year’s show are 13% ahead of the previous year and are on pace to surpass 115,000, which would make this the most attended Medora Musical in its 50 year history.

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Medora is a town full of fun and beauty — and nothing accentuates that beauty more than the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. In this “Tale of Medora,” we explore what went into the creation of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. From the political leg-work to the final celebration; there is a whole story behind the creation of the TRNP and it’s fascinating! The following is an excerpt taken from Rolf Sletten’s book, “Medora: Boom, Bust, and Resurrection.” Enjoy!

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This season, we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Medora Musical. To honor and preserve this momentous occasion, we created a book, chronicling the first half century of the Medora Musical.

Medora Musical: The First Fifty Years, tells the history of the Medora Musical. From its humble beginnings, to its current state, as North Dakota’s favorite playground — Medora Musical: The First Fifty Years, shows you never before seen photos of the cast, crew and the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. You will also have access to behind the scenes interviews and excerpts with people who have made the Medora Musical their life’s work! Medora Musical: The First Fifty Years is a necessity for any true lover of the Medora Musical. Below is a sneak-peak of what you find!

Get the book here!

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After two decades of development, the north and south segments of the Maah Daah Hey Trail are joined together with a 2.5-mile segment leaving from Sully Creek State Park south of Medora. The connecting link is in some of the prettiest Badlands country and makes possible seamless passage from the original 100 miles of Maah Daah Hey Trail to the newer 50-mile stretch, called by some The Deuce. Read more →


Now that we are nearing our halfway mark of the Musical season… all of us Burning Hills Singers, Coal Diggers, and our hosts, Bill and Emily, have definitely found our preshow routines. When we arrive on the hill for warm-ups, we know what to expect and what is expected of us. This is a comforting feeling. It’s like going to work and knowing exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it! Read more →

Former Burning Hills Singers and Musical Stage Crew members reunite in Medora, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical! The weekend will be highlighted by free concerts around town, an on-stage gathering during Saturday night’s Medora Musical, and a brunch meet and greet that offers the public the opportunity to mingle with cast and crew from the first half century of the Medora Musical. Take a look!

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