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Behind the scenes: 2017 Medora Musical Rehearsals

Rehearsals are in full effect — the countdown to the opener is on!

There are just a few weeks until opening night of the 2017 Medora Musical, and the Burning Hills Singers and the creative team are putting in long days to prepare and perfect yet again another breath-taking show.
From dance practice, costume fittings, vocal rehearsals, script readings, and even a little PR work, the cast and crew are going “full-steam ahead” toward opening night.
Here’s a sneak peak behind the scenes, while the cast was wrapping up the Minneapolis leg of rehearsals.

Fittings | Vocals | Choreography

Matthew Stairs is all smiles as he gets fitted for his first year in Medora.

Costuming has arrived! Here are a few shirts for the guys, still in the box before fittings.

Dance Captain and Veteran of the Medora Musical, Candice Lively-Wollan, guiding newcomer, Jake Rura, through his first day of choreography.

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Flashback: A peek into our book, Medora Musical: The First 50 Years

Flashback: A peek into our book, Medora Musical: The First 50 Years

This Coffee Table Book Makes

the Best Christmas Present

 

This past summer, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Medora Musical, which first showed — wooden plank seating, dirt floors and all — on July 1, 1965. It was a great season with so many favorites that took us down memory lane.

But the super fun flashbacks don’t have to end there; in the fan-favorite coffee table book, MEDORA MUSICAL: THE FIRST 50 YEARS, you can take a stroll through all of the years since the show’s beginning — with large photos, play bills, and commentary from the pioneers of our show to bring you right back to the very first day in the seats of the Medora Musical.

Plus, this new coffee table book is the perfect gift for Christmas! You can order it right here.

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Going into the Season Finale…

Going into the Season Finale…

As our 2015 Medora Musical comes to a close… cast, band, riders, crew, employees start to clean up and pack up. We all reflect on this year’s Musical season. It has been a record-breaking year, in so many ways! Our highest audience attendance ever! Only two rainout shows! Honorable Musical reunion guests and guest performers! And so much more…! Allow me to leave you with some fun memories of this summer’s Medora Musical. (In no particular order…)

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Behind the Scenes Cast Blog with Misti Koop: Work, Work, Work

Behind the Scenes Cast Blog with Misti Koop: Work, Work, Work

You’ve got to be a Jack or Jane of all trades when you are a Burning Hills Singer. For many, the work doesn’t start and stop on the stage of the Medora Musical. Read what Misti Koop has to say about working all the livelong day in Medora!

Most of us work a second job, so this schedule helps to shape our weeks here in Medora. Many of us sing a set each week at the Chuckwagon Patio, and our Coal Diggers accompany us as well as play 6 nights a week up at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue!

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Warm-ups and Sound Check at the Medora Musical with Misti Koop

Warm-ups and Sound Check at the Medora Musical with Misti Koop

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Now that we are nearing our halfway mark of the Musical season… all of us Burning Hills Singers, Coal Diggers, and our hosts, Bill and Emily, have definitely found our preshow routines. When we arrive on the hill for warm-ups, we know what to expect and what is expected of us. This is a comforting feeling. It’s like going to work and knowing exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it! READ MORE »

The Gang Gets Back Together

The Gang Gets Back Together

Damon and I were especially thrilled to see Delanie on Anniversary night! She is of course, our fellow 2014 Medora Musical North Dakotan! Like any alumni of the Medora musical, it is exciting to introduce them to the current cast.

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Medora Musical Cast Blog: Misti Koop’s Pre-Show Routine

Medora Musical Cast Blog: Misti Koop’s Pre-Show Routine

You see the Burning Hills Singers on stage, but have you ever wondered what they do to get ready for the Show? In this blog, Grand Forks North Dakota native, Misti Koop, tells you what it takes to get ready for, “The Greatest Show in the West!” Enter Misti…

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Behind the Scenes of the Medora Musical – Stage Design

Behind the Scenes of the Medora Musical – Stage Design

Quick! When does the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical start? Many of you would say June 5 – and you’d be right. But ask Erica Zaffarano, the Medora Musical Set Designer, and she’ll give you a much earlier date.

“We start consulting with the Foundation in the first week of January. Once we get on site, roughly by the end of May, we usually stay till three or four days after opening night of the Musical.”

Our Stage Crew is amazing. See them in action, in the photos below.

 

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Behind the Scenes of the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical

Behind the Scenes of the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical

Hey y’all! The 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical starts so soon we can almost hear the cloggers! Opening weekend kicks off June 5 with the first performance of this year’s Medora Musical!

Rehearsals are in full swing. Song and dance numbers are melding together, and the on-stage banter of Emily Walter and Bill Sorensen is just getting started. Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes of rehearsal for “The Greatest Show in the West”!

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The “Queen of the West,” Emily Walter. Look at that 1,000 watt smile! READ MORE »

The Best Summer of My Life

The Best Summer of My Life

People come from all over the world to work in Medora. And why wouldn’t they? The scenery is breathtaking, the Medora Musical creates a perpetual buzz about town, and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation operates as if it were one big family.

Working here is an all together different experience. A summer in Medora is a rite of passage for some, and an unforgettable experience for all. Many call it, “The best summer of my life!”

But don’t take our word for it. Read on, and find out what previous employees’ have to say about working in Medora.

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