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The Dickinson Press: Medora shines light on Johnny Cash with special Broadway musical

The following story by Jackie Jahfetson appeared in the September 21, 2021 edition of The Dickinson Press:

The Broadway musical made its way to the Western Edge, where a schedule of nearly a month-long series of showings is expected to shed light on the man in black. “Ring of Fire” will continue through Oct. 10, with live performances at 7:30 p.m. MDT each day from Wednesday to Saturday, and with a special 2 p.m. MDT on Sundays at the Old Town Hall Theater in Medora.

Actor Dorian Chalmers noted in an interview with The Press before opening night, that not many people understand all of the struggles and trials Johnny Cash went through in his life. 

“I think a lot of it is his honesty about his life because we’re telling his story through his songs… He’s being really honest about what he’s done and what he’s experienced in his life through his music, so I think that’s why his songs touch people because they identify with that honesty,” Chalmers said.

Throughout the theatrical production, the cast reveals how the musical legend crafted his heartfelt songs through the experience of loss and pain, such as losing his older brother Jack after he was seriously injured from a table saw accident as well as overcoming pill addiction. 

“When someone falls down and struggles in life but then kicks themselves back up, that’s always inspiring to people too. So I think that’s probably an important part of his story also. And the fact that he and June went through a lot and they stuck it out,” Chalmers said. 

Through hits such as “Cry Cry Cry” carved a rockabilly sound that would inspire several acts to follow in the country music industry, actor Tim Drake noted. With “universal themes” of love, loss and humor, Johnny Cash had a way to spin a situation he dealt with into a motivational message. 

“His songs are all songs that people can relate to,” Drake said, adding, “… He plays in different genres (such as) rockabilly and a while back… he reimagined the Nine Inch Nails’ song ‘Hurt’ with Rick Rubin and it was a big big hit that they did together.”

Johnny Cash’s 1974 spoken song “Ragged Old Flag” — which was penned following the political turbulence resulting in Nixon’s impeachment and the Watergate scandal — is highlighted within the “Ring of Fire” musical. Performed by Drake, the song tells the story of an American flag and the trails it has gone down. With its patriotic lyrics and sentimental simplicity, Drake’s performance of “Ragged Old Flag” left many in a standing ovation on opening night. 

“I just love this show, it’s so much fun to do… We rarely don’t get standing ovations with this show. Because it’s impressive to people to see (actors) moving around, playing different instruments, dancing and singing at the same time,” he said. “… And it’s Johnny’s music so you can’t go wrong with that.” 

Tickets can be purchased at medora.com, or at any location in Medora that tickets are sold.

Relive the 2021 Medora Hot Air Balloon Rally & Badlands Kite Fest!

The final weekend of the Medora Musical had us looking skyward.

We sent off summer in Medora in a picture-perfect way: by inviting kite fliers of all skill levels to the 5th Annual Badlands Kite Fest. Watch the video above to meet a few of the kite lovers who made the weekend special!

And on Sunday, September 12th, we were treated to another colorful sight: the 18th Annual Medora Hot Air Balloon Rally!

Although less-than-ideal weather conditions required the balloons to be tethered to the ground for safety, it still made for an amazing finale to what was a wonderful summer in the Badlands. Enjoy a few photos below!

Celebrating a record year at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue… with a pitchfork!

The Pitchfork Steak Fondue in Medora has come a long way in the last 50 years.

What started with a single pot in the back of a truck has grown to become a big, nightly undertaking. We’ve gotten used to serving thousands of tasty steaks fondue-style each summer. But we’ve never had a summer like this!

For the first time in our history, we served more than 50,000 steaks at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue in a single summer in 2021—50,383, to be exact!

So to celebrate the milestone, we decided to give away a very special gift to the lucky 50,000th guest: an authentic Pitchfork Steak Fondue pitchfork. (Don’t worry, we deep cleaned it!) Have a watch!

Bismarck to the Badlands: A Roadtrip to Remember

Hi, hello, and how do you do! 

I’m Kaelee, this is my copilot Jada and we are taking you on a trip to all of the must-sees and dos between Bismarck and Medora.

 

I have the map if you have the snacks, so let’s get going!  READ MORE »

Spur Your Inner Artist with Drawing & Watercolor

Experience a creative vacation in Medora this summer!

 

Join Barbara Benda Nagle, professional artist and instructor as she teaches “Spur Your Inner Artist with Drawing and Watercolor” workshop June 4 – 7.  A native of Wahpeton, ND, Barbara excels in simplifying art concepts so all levels of learners may succeed.

 

In this 4-day workshop, you will learn:

  • How to execute a variety of drawing and watercolor techniques
  • How to make sense of the color wheel and use it to your advantage
  • How to use “value” (lights and darks) to make paintings dramatic
  • How to design your painting rather than copy photographs
  • How to create strong, dynamic compositions

 

This workshop takes place in the state-of-the-art Bill and Jane Marcil Life Skills Center in Medora.  Class size is limited – the first 15 registrants will secure a spot.  Payment options vary from workshop only to the popular Stay and Paint package, which includes lodging at the historic Rough Rider Hotel.

 

For more details, please visit our event listing here or call 701-610-9529.

 

To book your spot, please call
1-800-MEDORA-1

 

For more information about Barbara’s teaching philosophy, please visit www.barbarabendanagle.com

Barbara Benda Nagle with her “Portrait of Big Pappy”

 

Yoga in the Badlands!

Yoga for Energy

10 ways to make the most of Labor Day in Medora!

1. See special, off-day showings of Jared Mason: LIVE! and The Medora Gospel Brunch on Monday
2. See the fireworks at the Medora Musical
3. Snap the perfect Instagram photo with Teddy
4. Grab your pals and go for a horseback ride
5. Crawl into the Roosevelt’s Outpost tent

6. Devour pizza with the fam

7. Enjoy a delicious cocktail at TR’s Tavern

8. Post a photo of you and Cowboy Lyle to Facebook

9. Have a mini golf putting contest (loser buys ice cream!)

10. Go for a hike in TR National Park

BONUS: Let ‘er rip at Bully Pulpit Golf Course

On Labor Day Monday, take in a concert in downtown Medora at noon and 2:00pm MDT

 

Kids’ Korral

Your child couldn’t dream up better Western-fun than what they’ll find in Medora. From sinking putts at the Medora Mini Golf to taking pictures with Cowboy Lyle before the Medora Musical begins, there’s so much for kids to do. Take a look!  READ MORE »

Big news: Vote for your Medora favorites today!

Big news: Vote for your Medora favorites today!

It seems like Medora, the Medora Musical, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park have been all over the news lately! And with good reason! Medora is up for all kinds of honors and awards. Check it out.

 Vote for your favorites at the ND Music Awards

Medora Musical favorites Emily Walter, Damon Fichter, and the Burning Hills Amphitheatre are up for North Dakota Music Awards!

Click on the images below to vote for them! You can vote once from each of your devices (phone, computer, iPad, etc.), but hurry, voting ends on January 15!

emily walter NDMA graphic 2016 READ MORE »

Merry Christmas from Medora

Merry Christmas from Medora

Merry Christmas!

We hope your holidays are filled with family and cheer.

Two of our family members, Medora Musical “Queen of the West,” Emily Walter and former Burning Hills Singer, Jared Mason, have a special song for you.

Enjoy!

jared and emily press play

 

And don’t miss two, all-news shows in Medora this summer!

 

Jared Mason: Live &

The Medora Gospel Brunch, staring Emily Walter

 

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