Fargo, ND native Alyssa Scott is thrilled to be returning to Medora for her second summer as a Burning Hills Singer. We dropped a few questions her way via email and she answered them from her Nashville, TN abode!
By Jewel Eliese
Do you have time to read?
Most people would say they don’t, especially when they are a busy Medora employee.
One reason is that Medora, our wonderful little city, is like a timer; it’s always counting down. We count down the days until the musical starts, to hear those sweet Burning Hill’s singer’s voices echoing over the buttes with the sun setting behind their dancing feet.
Medora Musical Variety Acts Selected, Kat Perkins Camp and Concert Return, Summer Concerts Announced
Four variety acts, three concerts and two music festivals bring world-class, nationally known entertainment to Medora and the Burning Hills Amphitheatre.
(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is excited to announce the 2018 Medora Musical Variety Acts and summer concert lineup.
The 2018 Medora Musical will feature a new, “family” theme used to tell the story of Theodore Roosevelt and the American West. This year’s Featured Variety Acts will follow right along with that theme – bringing great, family-friendly variety entertainment to the second half of each night’s Medora Musical.
Three comedians — including notable returner, Kermit Apio — will be joined by a renowned jump rope acrobatic stunt team, Flight Crew — who received rave reviews and standing ovations during their time in Medora in 2016.
Guests can see the Medora Musical Featured Variety Acts during the dates below:
Kevin Korczynski is one of the most popular Burning Hills Singers in the history of the Medora Musical.
And after a year-long break, he’s returning to a, “one-of-a-kind” stage!
See what Kevin has to say about his return to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre and be sure to read all the way to the end… there is an AMAZING story about the First Lady of Modern Medora, Sheila Schafer!
A Maine native, Christie Robinson most recently earned her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Florida in April 2017.
She also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Certificate of Performance from The Circle in the Square Musical Theatre Intensive in NYC.
We caught up with Christie over email to see what she’s most excited for this summer in Medora and why she decided to return to Medora for her second season!
It’s one of the best weeks of the year baby! Masters Week!
But not everyone thinks it’s so great.. those non-golfnuts at work and at home will probably try and keep you from watching the greatest golf tournament on God’s green earth!
Luckily you have friends like us here at Bully Pulpit.
We put our heads together and came up with a full proof excuses — er, reasons — for every situation you may encounter.
2017 Burning Hills Singer Taylor Leet is back for her 2nd year as a Burning Hills Singer in the “Greatest Show in the West“!
Raised in her beautiful hometown of Bismarck, ND, Taylor followed her dreams to Chicago earning a BA in Vocal Performance/Contemporary Urban Popular from Columbia College Chicago.
At an early age, Taylor discovered her passion for music and performing. She has been fortunate to participate in musicals, special events, gospel ensembles, and worship teams.
Growing up, she attended the Medora Musical each summer and is thrilled to be a Burning Hills Singer!
We sat down with Taylor to get her take on being a North Dakotan in the Medora Musical and more!
(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF), in conjunction with StageWest Entertainment, is excited to announce the cast of the 2018 Medora Musical and that the Show’s theme will be about “family.”
Over four million people have seen the Medora Musical since first opening in 1965 – many visitors from around the region make it a family tradition to see the show each year.
However, the family tradition extends further than the guests who flock to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre each summer.
Back for his third year as Host of the Medora Musical, Chet Wollan grew up on the Badlands stage – first watching his father, Curt Wollan, produce the show (1987-2018) before joining the production for the first time as a four-year old doing rope tricks with Montie Montana.
Chet has grown into his role as host and again leads a very talented, professional cast in this year’s Medora Musical.
Curt, for his part, remembers his early years in Medora fondly, saying, “Little did I know that answering an ad in 1977 would have led to meeting my wife, Jane, and to the honor of fathering two very talented Burning Hills Singers — Chet and his sister, Lexie Wollan-Swenson.
“I love this show. It is so fun coming back to it year after year to tell timeless tales about Teddy Roosevelt, the Badlands and family values in compelling new ways.”
Former Bismarck Mayor, Bill Sorensen, will join Chet Wollan as co-host after a successful, four-state tour of A Magical Medora Christmas.
This will be Bill’s second season back as a kind of grandfatherly figure, helping his co-host tell the story of the Badlands and Medora.
Between Chet and Bill, this year’s show is sure to include a great mix of fan-favorite moments and humor – some scripted and others, well, not so much.
Each year some of the top stage talent in North Dakota audition for the Medora Musical. The competition is stiff and those selected compete against talent recruited from across the nation.
This year, three North Dakotans made the cast and are returning: Misti Koop, of Grand Forks; Taylor Leet, of Bismarck; and Alyssa Scott of Fargo.
Koop and Leet pursued passion projects during the winter, while Scott and her boyfriend, Medora Musical lead guitarist, Adam Vogel, have been performing and recording in Nashville, TN.
Vocal powerhouse and veteran performer, Candice Lively-Wolllan, joins the cast and her husband, Chet, this year as well. Candice and Chet just finished performing in a National Tour of Ring of Fire together.
The comical and ever animated, Ken Quiricone, will return in his “comedic side-kick role” for his 7th year after performance stints in Atlanta, GA, and Pennsylvania.
Fans will be happy to know that six-year veteran of the Show, Kevin Korczynski, will be returning after working in Florida and Illinois.
Kevin had this to say about his return to the stage of the Medora Musical, “A large part of returning was simply missing Medora. It’s a one-of-a-kind professional contract and I missed the electricity on that epic stage.
“I also missed the people, onstage and off. Co-workers, friends for life, Medora family, and fans it’s all a huge part of every summer story. The joy on-stage and off makes for such a gratifying return.”
Other veteran professionals returning for 2018 include:
Jessica Bradish, whose professional credits include a National Tour in Pump Boys and Dinettes.
Christie Robinson — who’s one half of Medora’s newest Kids Show, Carl and Greta’s Cowboy Sing Along with returning Medora Musical band leader, Andrew Crowe.
And Dusin LaFleur, who has worked at the Crossroads Repertory and Grandstreet Theatres.
The three new Burning Hills Singers are Ben Massouras, John Woodruff and Benjamin Frankart.
While over one thousand performers auditioned for the show at locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Florida and Tennessee this year, for TRMF communications director, Justin Fisk, a cast full of returners is fitting with this year’s “Family” theme.
“Really, the theme can be traced directly to the people who come to the show – the Medora Musical has been a family tradition, for visitors and staff, since Harold and Sheila Schafer started the show in 1965. Today, you see families all summer long with two, three, even four generations coming together.
It seems like fate, too, for our production team to build the show around this theme, and then for the cast to come together in a way that almost feels like a big family reunion – albeit a really musically talented one!”
Fisk concluded, “It will be fun and exciting to see how such an epic story of TR and the Badlands can be told with the family theme, with such a talented cast who are themselves a lot like a family.”
Lead Roles of the Medora Musical
- Chet Wollan – Host – “Cowboy Chet”
Strawberry Plains, TN, by way of St. Anthony, MN — returning
- Bill Sorensen – Co-Host – “Wild West Prestidigitator”
Bismarck, ND — returning
- Candice Lively-Wollan – Burning Hills Singer/Co-Host
Strawberry Plains, TN — returning
- Ken Quiricone – Burning Hills Singer/Co-Host
Stratford, CT — returning
- Jessica Bradish Des Moines, IA — returning
- Benjamin Frankart Republic, OH
- Kevin Korczynski Bel Air, MD — returning
- Misti Koop Grand Forks, ND – returning
- Dustin LaFleur Lafayette, LA — returning
- Taylor Leet Bismarck, ND — returning
- Ben Massouras Phoenix, AZ
- Christie Robinson Bucksport, ME — returning
- Alyssa Scott Fargo, ND — returning
- Jon Woodruff White Bear Lake, MN
- Andrew Crowe, Fiddle Franklinton, NC — returning
- Brandon Fillette, Piano Weddington, NC — returning
- Junior Mercer, Steel Guitar Sevierville, TN
- Perry Orfanella, Bass Carmel, NY — returning
- Barry Smith, Drummer Orlando, FL
- Adam Vogel, Guitar Melrose, MN — returning
All of the shows playing in Medora’s Old Town Hall Theater this summer, fall and winter season
(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is excited to announce the shows visitors can look forward to this season at the Old Town Hall Theater, in downtown Medora.
This summer the Old Town Hall Theater will be host to four shows playing all week long.
We’re big country music fans out here in Medora!
What with giving Cowboy Lyle his own candy store and all that boot-scoot-boogin and two-steppin that goes on after dark at the local watering holes.
As anyone who’s seen the Medora Musical would tell you, we love putting on a show!
And no one had a flair for showmanship more than our founder, Harold Schafer.
Why did you know that the featured act section of the Medora Musical is partly inspired by vaudeville acts Harold would go to see in Las Vegas.
So when we had the chance to book The King of Vegas for a one-night, intimate concert at the Old Town Hall Theater, we got “All Shook Up” and cried “Explore it. Adore it. — “Viva Las Vegas!”