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THE HARLOW’S HAROLD BUS TO MEDORA

THE HARLOW’S HAROLD BUS TO MEDORA

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Dinner and a Show — just how Harold did it in 1965

50 years ago, Harold Schafer embarked upon building what we know today as the Medora Musical — a show we North Dakotans are proud to call our own, that has now entertained nearly 4 Million people. One of the very first things Harold did to bring guests to his new show was rent charter busses and fill them up with curious folks from Bismarck-Mandan, telling them he was taking them to “Dinner and a show!”

For one day only, September 11, the final Friday of the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical, we’re bringing back one of Harold’s first ideas to promote the Medora Musical. 

Thanks to our friends at Harlow’s Trailways and iHeart Media Bismarck, you can jump on the Harlow’s Harold Bus to Medora, see the show on the final Friday of the season, and sleep in your own bed that same night (although it’ll be a little late after all that fun.)

 

This One Day Trip Includes

  • Round trip, same-day charter travel to Medora — leave and return on Friday, September 11
  • FREE and exclusive greeting from Medora Musical Cast and TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler
  • Dinner at the world-famous Pitchfork Steak Fondue
  • FREE Medora Musical Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Lower level, group seating to the Medora Musical, the “Greatest Show in the West!” for the final Friday of the Medora Musical

The Harold Schafer documentary “Mr. Bubble” will air on the bus en route to Medora. Other bus amenities include: Free WiFi, restroom, reclining seats, DVD entertainment & 110 volt outlets.


TICKETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE AT 1-800-MEDORA-1

PRICE

Adult Musical, Pitchfork Fondue, Cast Greeting, Tour, & Transportation


$85.00 +tax


 

 

Harold Bus to Medora Itinerary

  • 3:30pm CDT Check-in at iHeart Media Studios in Bismarck, ND
    3500 E Rosser Ave
    Bismarck, ND 58501
  • 4:00pm CDT Bus Departs from iHeart Media Studios in Bismarck, ND
  • 5:00pm MDT Arrive in Medora
  • 5:15pm MDT Special Greeting from Medora Musical Cast Member and TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler with a “Harold Story”
  • 5:30pm MDT Pitchfork Steak Fondue at the Tjaden Terrace
  • 6:30pm MDT time to take in the beautiful badlands, take a few photos or shop around the Medora Musical Welcome Center
  • 7:30pm MDT enjoy the Medora Musical!
  • 9:40pm MDT Medora Musical concludes
  • 10:00pm MDT Depart Medora
  • 1:00am CDT return to Bismarck at iHeart Media Studios

 


Tickets are very limited for this special, Harold Bus to Medora

So call 1-800-MEDORA-1 to book now!


 

A special thanks goes to our friends at Harlow’s Trailways and iHeart Media Bismarck for their support in this fun way to pay tribute to Harold Schafer and allow more folks to experience Medora for positive, life-changing experiences.

  

Medora Musical: The First Fifty Years

Medora Musical: The First Fifty Years

This season, we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Medora Musical. To honor and preserve this momentous occasion, we created a book, chronicling the first half century of the Medora Musical.

Medora Musical: The First Fifty Years, tells the history of the Medora Musical. From its humble beginnings, to its current state, as North Dakota’s favorite playground — Medora Musical: The First Fifty Years, shows you never before seen photos of the cast, crew and the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. You will also have access to behind the scenes interviews and excerpts with people who have made the Medora Musical their life’s work! Medora Musical: The First Fifty Years is a necessity for any true lover of the Medora Musical. Below is a sneak-peak of what you find!

Get the book here!

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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 »

50th Anniversary Medora Musical Cast and Crew Reunion – Schedule of Events

50th Anniversary Medora Musical Cast and Crew Reunion – Schedule of Events

Former Burning Hills Singers and Musical Stage Crew members reunite in Medora, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical! The weekend will be highlighted by free concerts around town, an on-stage gathering during Saturday night’s Medora Musical, and a brunch meet and greet that offers the public the opportunity to mingle with cast and crew from the first half century of the Medora Musical. Take a look!

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Jared Mason, Former Medora Musical Cast Member, to put on a solo concert July 25 – July 31.

Jared Mason, Former Medora Musical Cast Member, to put on a solo concert July 25 – July 31.

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(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, is proud to announce that Jared Mason, a former cast member of the Medora Musical, will be in Medora for daily concert engagements July 25 – July 31.

The solo concert will be a hot ticket in Medora. Mason — an award-winning recording artist, composer, and actor, most recently starred on Broadway as Jerry Lee Lewis in the Tony Award winning musical, “Million Dollar Quartet” — has promised a mix of original music, some Jerry Lee Lewis, a classic yodel, and a reprisal of two songs from his days in the Medora Musical that guests still request every year – “I Am Free” and “Joy.”

Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation President, Randy Hatzenbuhler said “Jared is one of the all-time favorites to have performed in Medora and is one of the most accomplished performers among our alumni.”

Mason was a Burning Hills Singer from 1993 to 1998 (then known as Jared Lillis) and then returned to the Medora Musical as Jared Mason to star on the keyboard in 2007.

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Prior to boogying with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Elvis every night in “Million Dollar Quartet,” Jared coaxed captivating rhythms out of everyday objects in the International Percussion Sensation, “STOMP.” His debut album, “She Believes in Me,” won album of the year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. Jared is delighted to be returning to his favorite place in the west for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Medora Musical.

Hatzenbuhler said Mason will perform daily at the Old Town Hall at 1:00 pm MDT, July 25 to July 31. Seating is limited in the 150 seat historic theater and tickets can be purchased for $10 by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1 or at medora.com.

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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Dignitaries, Kids to Help Celebrate 50th Anniversary on July 1

A Prominent Panel of Dignitaries from North Dakota and the Medora Musical to Open the 50th Anniversary Date on Wednesday, one of the Show’s Popular “Kids Days”

 

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, alongside StageWest Entertainment and with the July-first 50th Anniversary show date of the Medora Musical fast approaching, is proud to announce the special list of speakers for the Medora Musical 50th Anniversary Pre-Show.

This commemorative pre-show will take place at 7:20pm MDT, on the stage of the Medora Musical, just prior to that evening’s show.

Several dignitaries special to the Medora Musical and the State of North Dakota will share brief stories and comments about the occasion. The speakers are. READ MORE »

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 »

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