Bill Sorensen and Emily Walter to co-host Medora Musical

Former Bismarck Mayor and show veteran set to banter on stage once again in 2014

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is pleased to announce the return of the exciting duo of Bill Sorensen and Emily Walter as co-hosts to this year’s Medora Musical.

The part of my job that I did best last year – in character of course – was really annoying the Queen of the West.

Sorensen, a former Bismarck Mayor and long-time performer co-hosted the 2013 Medora Musical as its Wild West 

Prestidigitator and comments with a smile, “The part of my job that I did best last year – in character of course – was really annoying the Queen of the West. I think the crowd got a kick out of that dynamic last year and I’d be fibbing if I said that I’m not really looking forward to doing that again this year.”

Bill Sorensen 2013

“Truly,” he adds, “Being able to spend last summer co-hosting the Medora Musical was one of the greatest experiences of
my life. It was both a thrill and an honor to be asked to return for a second season.  Medora is my favorite place because of its natural beauty, rich history, and great entertainment – and because I get to meet and work with some of the most wonderful people in the world. I can’t wait to spend this summer in Medora.”

I get to perform on the most scenic stage I know, in a town I adore, with people I love.  All that in exchange for Bill Sorensen!

Walter, a Wisconsin native, was a Burning Hills singer from 1993 through 1995, and has hosted the Medora Musical as the Queen of the West since 2010. An extremely accomplished vocal artist, Walter’s voice and stage presence have made her a fan-favorite in Medora for years.

Emily Walter 2013 finale

“Good fortune and a career in entertainment have taken me to some of the most beautiful places on earth,” Walter comments, “and yet, each time I near Medora, and Painted Canyon comes into view, it’s as if the heavens open up and the angels sing.

“TRMF continues a tradition of family entertainment embedded with history, song and pageantry and I am truly honored to be part of that.  Host, co-host, Burning Hills Singer, whatever the capacity, I get to perform on the most scenic stage

I know, in a town I adore, with people I love.  All that in exchange for Bill Sorensen!

The 2014 Medora Musical shows every night, June 6 to September 6, at 7:30 p.m. MDT, in the 2,900-seat Burning Hills Amphitheatre. More information and tickets are available at


About Bill Sorensen

Bill Sorensen and his family have been involved in Medora for the past thirty years. During those years, he has been a versatile variety performer, acting as a host, magician and producer for the popular 4M Revue, where he has produced at least two thousand shows.

When he’s not involved in Medora, Sorensen enjoys a varied career as a successful businessman, venture capitalist, boxing manager for renowned champion Virgil Hill, athletic promoter, public speaker/entertainer and public official. Sorensen served 12 years as the mayor of Bismarck; prior to that he served two terms as a state legislator and two terms as a Bismarck City Commissioner.

Today, in addition to his duties as co-host of the Medora Musical, Bill works as Development and Fund Raising Consultant for the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

About Emily Walter

Emily Walter, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, was a Burning Hills singer from 1993 through 1995. Walter’s performance during those seasons led her to being named one of a select few entertainers approved to portray the legendary Patsy Cline by the Patsy Cline estate.

A veteran of the first Gulf War, Walter was the lead vocalist with the Air Force SAC Band, where she worked with such stars as Lee Greenwood, and legends Bob Hope and John Denver. Since receiving her Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Mankato State University in 1995, she has performed all around the world, on land and at sea, playing roles that have varied from Shakespeare to Annie Oakley.

She will also be performing with the Bismarck Symphony Orchestra on May 17, prior to final preparations for the 2014 Medora Musical.


Justin Fisk, Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation

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