1. The rows in the Burning Hills Ampitheatre are designated by letter. There are no rows lettered “I” or “O” in order to avoid confusion with the numbers one and zero.
2. Medora’s original stage production “Old Four-Eyes” ran from 1958 to 1963.
3. The Burning Hills Ampitheatre is considered the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation’s first major project.
4. There are close to 250 stage lights in the Ampitheatre.
5. The original performing area was not a normal stage, but several small scenic sets, each lighted separately as the action moved on.
6. The Burning Hills Ampitheatre was constructed in Burning Gulch, as locals referred to the draw. Construction began in 1958.
8. The ampitheatre was originally named The Burning Hills Ampitheatre. In 1966 the name was changed to The Gold Seal Ampitheatre and that name remained until 1987, when it was changed back to the original.
9. The Burning Hills Singers were originally named “The Medora Kids.”
10. Over a dozen horses are harnessed each night to appear in the show. Several of them are used only to pull buggies and wagons and the balance are saddled and ridden during the performance. During the course of each season the horses begin to anticipate their entrances. In order to preserve safety, the horses are continually switched out so that their riders are able to stay in control.
11. Over the years, Theodore Roosevelt’s brands and Medora Musical logos have been incorporated into the costumes used in the musical. Maybe you’ve seen a few without even realizing it! Can you find the famous brand that is hiding in the photo to the left?
12. The surface used for the stage of the Burning Hills Ampitheatre is intended as a pickup bed liner and is sprayed on.
13. The Medora Musical plays every night each Summer in Medora. This comes out to be around 95 shows in a row! Will you be visiting us this summer?
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