This is Burning Hills Singer Misti Koop’s last “Behind the Scenes” blog of the season.
My friend Marcus, the Medora Musical Drummer of eight years, told me this. “Misti, each year is different. You can’t predict how, but each season has a different flow and energy. You just have to enjoy whatever you like about it each year!” You know what Marc, you are exactly correct. This being my second year as part of the Medora Musical, people ask, “which year has been your favorite?” I can’t even answer that. Each year is wonderful and special and un-comparable. I can share some favorite highlights of the season though! READ MORE »
As I sit here with my morning cup of coffee and reflect on the past three months, I can not help but marvel at how much has changed and the direction my life has taken. From beginning rehearsals in May, to opening night, to wrapping things up with the last third of the season, this summer has been far more challenging and rewarding then anything I could have imagined.
When we first start rehearsing in May, we have the advantage of a wall of mirrors. This helps so much to learn choreography! But once we reach the amphitheater, it’s all about numbers and spacing and timing… no mirrors anymore. The stage is lined with ascending numbers out from the center (being “0”) to each side. Besides, lyrics, correct notes, and precise choreography, we also have to be in the right place at all times. This precise placement of each moment of the show is called our “blocking.” READ MORE »
This blog was written by Burning Hill Singer Delanie Wiedich. It is her first blog in a series of blogs from North Dakota Burning Hills Singers.
It is a beautiful May morning when I wake up in a hotel bed in Plymouth, Minnesota. I lay there for just a moment, trying to wrap my head around what is happening.
Within the past 24 hours my world has been flipped upside down; I have turned 18, left my hometown, said goodbye to my friends and family, not quite completed high school, and am starting my first professional job as a Burning Hills Singer in the Medora Musical. Panic is about to set in when I rip myself from the comfort of my bed and dress myself for the day. READ MORE »
This blog was written by Burning Hill Singer Damon Fichter. It is his first blog in a series of blogs from North Dakota Burning Hills Singers.
I’m currently in a van packed, full of Burning Hills Singers, on our way to Watford City where we will perform at a school and nursing home. As I see everyone relaxing and chatting during our ride, I sometimes forget we are all here for a job. Really?! I am getting paid to sing and dance with my friends. I am only 21 and I feel like I have one of the best jobs in the world. READ MORE »
This blog was written by Burning Hill Singer Misti Koop. It is first in a series of blogs from North Dakota Burning Hills Singers.
Ten days into rehearsals, it’s time to leave our Minneapolis studio/rehearsal space and relocate to our home stage in Medora, ND. Some music is now memorized, some dances are in our bodies, the script is under revision, and we have one completed costume. After a promotional performance in Fargo and a few in Bismarck, we finally arrive in Medora for our first on-site rehearsal!
Anybody that’s seen the Medora Musical knows what an amazing show it is. What many don’t see is the long hours of practice our world class performers put in for nearly a month before they ever take the stage. Through these long days and late nights they gradually become the Burning Hills Singers you see on stage every night during the summer. We thought we’d give you a glimpse of what life is like before they become the Burning Hills Singers you know and love. Check it out.
Hey ya’ll! We just announced the Medora Musical cast today! So we thought we’d give you a behind the scenes look at what goes into making “The Greatest Show in the West”! Read on to see some great photo’s.