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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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Randy Hatzenbuhler Interview with the Journal of Accountancy

Randy Hatzenbuhler Interview with the Journal of Accountancy

This article was first published by the Journal of Accountancy and was written by Sheon Ladson Wilson.

Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation President, Randy Hatzenbuhler, was recently featured in the January issue of the Journal of Accountancy. Read on to see what Randy has to say about his early years in Medora, our thriving Medora Volunteer Program, and more.

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Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop part 3

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop part 3

 

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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 »

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Delanie Wiedrich Part 2

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Delanie Wiedrich Part 2

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.

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Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop part 2

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop part 2

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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 »

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Delanie Wiedrich

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Delanie Wiedrich

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.

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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 »

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Damon Fichter

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Damon Fichter

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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 »

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop

This blog was written by  Burning Hill Singer Misti Koop. It is first in a series of blogs from North Dakota Burning Hills Singers.

 

 The Moment

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!

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