10 things you didn’t know about the Burning Hills Amphitheatre

The Medora Musical wouldn’t be quite as spectacular as it is without the breathtaking Burning Hills Amphitheatre! It has seen fifty Musicals and been a part of uncountable family memories, so without further ado, here are ten things you may not know about the Medora Musical’s silent cast member, The Burning Hills Amphitheatre.


10. The original amphitheatre was built by the Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park and Badlands Association.

9. In 1958, the amphitheatre was just a dirt hill and audience members had to sit on log benches.

8. In 1991 the old amphitheatre was completely demolished.

7. In 2008 the Medora Musical Welcome Center was built.

6. The lighting system has 250 stage lights.

5. There is a memorial in the back of the amphitheatre dedicated to favorite Medora Musical Variety Act, Victor Julien.

4. The stage building that says “Badlands Cowboy” on it, was actually the very first newspaper in Medora.

3. The set is mechanized on a train track and can move at about 2 – 3 miles per hour.

2. Two elk are herded up to the top of the butte behind the Burning Hills Amphitheatre by the Medora Trail Riders. The Trail Riders use treats to lure the elk.

1. Upwards of 60 people work the show on any given night.

If you’d like to learn more about the Amphitheatre, purchase a “Behind the Scenes Tour” pass the next time you go see the Medora Musical!


  1. Darcy
    August 24, 2014    

    we went to the behind the scenes tour… everyone should do this… the guide told us the names of the Elk … and I forgot… could you help me out … thanks

  2. August 25, 2014    

    Ribeye and six-pack

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