A Magical Musical Medora Christmas

Featuring musical performances by Emily Walter and Jared Mason and magic of Bill Sorensen

(MEDORA, ND) Today the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) announced that three best of the west entertainers are bringing Medora-style, family entertainment to the four corners of the state with 13 shows in 10 communities between Nov. 28 and Dec. 13, 2015.

A Magical Musical Medora Christmas variety show will feature three of the top performers to have graced the stage of the Burning Hills Amphitheater, including Medora Musical co-hosts Bill Sorenson and Emily Walter. They will be joined by yodeler extraordinaire Jared Mason.

2016 Bill Sorensen, Emily Walter, Jared Mason Performance Poster

“We can’t think of a better way to thank all those who helped make 2015 the Medora Musical’s most successful season ever than to bring some holiday entertainment to their hometowns,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, TRMF president. “We’re excited to cap our 50th anniversary season with this travelling, home-style variety show.”

The show will feature the musical talents of Mason and Walter and the comedy and magic talents of Sorensen, all who have appeared as featured performers of the Medora Musical.

Jared Mason performed as a Burning Hills Singer and featured vocalist in the musical where many remember him for his yodeling abilities. Since his time in Medora, Mason has become an award-winning recording artist, composer, actor, and most recently, has starred on Broadway as Jerry Lee Lewis in the Tony Award winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet.

Over a number of years Emily Walter has performed in the Medora Musical as a Burning Hills Singer, co-host, and host. While serving her country, Walter was the lead vocalist in the US Air Force Strategic Air Command Band. She then starred in Patsy Cline shows across the United States and Canada, and as a featured vocalist performing on cruise ships all over the world.

Bill Sorensen has served as co-host of the Medora Musical for 3 years. As a magician, juggler, and public speaker, he has performed over 5,000 shows nationwide. He produced and appeared in The 4M Review variety show in Medora for 30 years. Sorensen is a former city commissioner and mayor of Bismarck, ND. He also served as a North Dakota State Representative and is a past President of the North Dakota League of Cities.

“I’m the magician,” Sorenson said, “but what’s really going to be magical is bringing Emily and Jared’s holiday entertainment to folks across the state.”

All evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of Dec. 5 in Medora, which will be at 1:30 and 7 p.m. to allow for an evening fireworks show. There will also be an afternoon matinee in Mandan on Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets for all shows are $20 and all times are local.

Forum Communications is sponsoring the shows in Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, and Dickinson.

Cities, dates, venues and ticket locations are as follows:

Minot – November 28 – 7:30 – Central High School – Tickets available at the Convention & Visitors Bureau

Devils Lake – November – 29 – 7:30 Lake Region CC – Tickets available at the Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bottineau – November 30 – 7:30 – Bottineau High School – Tickets available at the Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fargo/Moorhead – December 1 – 7:30 – Fargo Theater – Tickets available at tickets300.com

Wahpeton – December 2 – 7:30 NDSCS – Tickets available at Econofoods

Medora – December 4 – 7:30, December 5 – 1:00, December 5 – 7:00 Old Town Hall Theater – Tickets available at the Convention & Visitors Bureau and Rough Riders Hotel front desk

Williston – December 6 – 7:30 Williston High School – Tickets available at the Convention & Visitors Bureau

Grand Forks – December 7 – 7:30 Empire Theater – Tickets available at ticketmaster.com 

Jamestown – December 8 – 7:30 Reiland Theater – Tickets available at the Convention & Visitors Bureau and  the Reiland Box Office

Dickinson – December 11 – 7:30 Trinity Auditorium – Tickets available at Dickinson Trinity High School

Bismarck/Mandan – December 12 – 7:30, December 13 – 2:00 Mandan High School –  Tickets available at  Dan’s Super Market

Press approved images for the shows can be found here.


  1. Bill Thorn
    November 20, 2015    

    This sounds like a great show. Our organization, the Moosomin Shrine Club, hosts an annual dinner and concert for 300 guests and would like to know if you would consider adding us to your schedule for 2016. Our Town is 2 hours straight north of Minot and we have a modern auditorium that would handle your show very well.
    We would appreciate your reply even if you do not feel that it fits your plans. Before going too far, we would like to know what it would cost.

    Thanks for your consideration and hopefully things can come together

  2. Corrine Reber
    November 20, 2015    

    I plan to be at the Fargo Show! Thanks for doing this I’m looking forward to it and I will tell my friends

  3. November 23, 2015    

    Awesome! Let us know how you like it!

  4. November 23, 2015    

    We’ll pass your message along to the Show Manager — thanks for reaching out!

  5. Kevin
    November 28, 2015    

    I just attended the Minot, ND show and was totally impressed. The entire crew did a fantastic job. Well done!! You did yourselves very proud.

  6. Lou Ann
    December 9, 2015    

    We attended the show in Jamestown last night. It was a wonderful holiday evening! Looking forward to seeing the excellent performers at Medora and next Christmas. Thank you to the Forum for their sponsorship.

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