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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.

Studio 701 goes Medora!

Studio 701 goes Medora!

If you caught Studio 701 on Wednesday morning this week on CBS in western North Dakota, you were treated to a whole lot of Medora! As you can see, they had a whole lot of fun:

We were happy to host the 701 crew in town for a day, and they got to hear from Burning Hills Singers, great in-town performers like Emily Walter, Tom Brosseau, and Max from Wild & The Animal Band, and even share a message from President Roosevelt himself.

Here’s a round-up of all the fun segments they shared this week!

WATCH: The Highlight Reel of Studio 701’s Time in Medora!

WATCH: Ken and Rachael explain what it’s like being a Burning Hills Singer in the Medora Musical

WATCH: Max Patzner Performs Original Tune and Shares About New Children’s Book

WATCH: From the Medora Musical to a Harmonious Duo: Willow and Jeanna Share About Becoming “Always Evergreen”

WATCH: Emily Walter Hosts Refreshed Gospel Brunch

WATCH: Tom Brosseau Plays a Tune and Discusses His Great American Folk Show

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36 Hours in Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The rugged North Dakota badlands complement the laid-back charm of tiny Medora for a getaway that promises awe-inspiring views, comfortable accommodations, cowboy eats and even a musical revue.

By Alicia Underlee Nelson

Near the Montana border, you’ll find plenty to explore in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora, the town that sits at the entrance to the park’s South Unit. Here’s our guide for a long weekend getaway.

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Here’s What’s Next in Medora: Point To Point Park

Originally Published in the 2019 Spring Newsletter

We’ve been looking at that big open space beside the Badlands Motel, as you first arrive in Medora, for many years, wondering “What would be the best use of that land?”

Finally, we’ve settled on an answer to that question: Welcome to Point to Point Park!

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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 »

Kat Perkins and Special Guest Roger Fisher Rock the Burning Hills Amphitheater

One of the Medora’s favorite performers returned to the stage where it all started – the Burning Hills Amphitheater!

Kat Perkins was joined by special guest and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Roger Fisher for a show that you just can’t get anywhere else.

Kat is a former star of the Medora Musical and semifinalist on Season 5 of NBC’s TheVoice. Her concert paid tribute to the artists and bands who shaped her life PLUS she performed new, original songs.

It’s was an ND Legendary concert experience!

SEE THE ENTIRE PHOTO ALBUM

Kat Perkins concert performance in Medora

 

Kat’s 2018 Badlands Rising Star Camp was also a hit!

The campers got the special privilege of opening the show for Kat’s LEGENDS Concert on the Burning Hills Amphitheater stage.

Campers impressed the audience by singing the iconic “Medora” song and then broke into smaller groups to show off their work.

The finale included Kat Perkins and her band with their version of Say Something by Justin Timberlake. Click the picture below to watch:

Kat Perkins singing Justin Timberlake Say Something

Watch Say Something by Justin Timberlake Performed by Kat Perkins and Badlands Rising Star Camp.

Here are just a few pictures from the performances:

See the full Badlands Rising Star Camp Photo Album

Bull Moose MudRun 2018 – Relive the Fun

The Bull Moose Mudrun ran over, under, and through the North Dakota Badlands on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Competitors and fun runners of all shapes, sizes, and ages gave their best BULLY spirit on a 5k obstacle course like no other.

Theodore Roosevelt himself enjoyed the competition and encouraged the runners at the start of the race.


And then they were off with the endurance and competitive heats out first. (That means they set out to complete the course quickly and do as many laps as possible in the 3-hour period.)

The first obstacle was crossing the Little Missouri River and the second obstacle was where they got their first look at the Medora Badlands Mud. Where most had the choice of taking the high road or going straight through the muddy water – the majority took the mud head on. See what we mean in this video:

You will probably notice you couldn’t keep the runners from smiling. If they weren’t having fun, you wouldn’t have known! This next video comes at you from the highest point in the Bull Moose MudRun Course. Check it out:

2018 Bull Moose Mudrun Results

Bull Moose Mudrun Endurance Category: As many laps as you can in 3 hours

Females:

  1. Jennifer Grosz     2:23     3 laps
  2. Jessie Binstock    2:02     2 laps

Males:

  1. Josh Smaage      2:51     4 laps
  2. Clay Ross            2:13     3 laps
  3. Jeremy Vidman      2:17      3 laps

Bull Moose Mudrun Competitive Category: 1 lap as fast as you can

Females:

  1. Rachel Crain             48:33.54
  2. Baelee Butts              51:20.55
  3. Kayls Pelton              53:31.82

Males:

  1. Nevada Crimmins          41:35.82
  2. Donny Crain                   41:55.35
  3. Tyler Kuhn                      42:26.29

 

Fun Run Race Results for 191 Females and 84 males are here: Bull Moose Mudrun Results

Get the Badlands Race Series Race Schedule

 

Check out the official race results on https://competitivetiming.com/bull-moose-mud-run-results/ 

Men’s Endurance Category Podium

SEE THE RACE PHOTO ALBUM

Fun Had By All! We’ll see you next year!

 

 

 

Broadway in the Badlands 

All of the shows playing in Medora’s Old Town Hall Theater this summer, fall and winter season
 

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is excited to announce the shows visitors can look forward to this season at the Old Town Hall Theater, in downtown Medora.

This summer the Old Town Hall Theater will be host to four shows playing all week long.

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Four of Medora’s Favorite Elvis Songs

We’re big country music fans out here in Medora!

 

What with giving Cowboy Lyle his own candy store and all that boot-scoot-boogin and two-steppin that goes on after dark at the local watering holes.

 

But!

As anyone who’s seen the Medora Musical would tell you, we love putting on a show!

And no one had a flair for showmanship more than our founder, Harold Schafer.

 

Why did you know that the featured act section of the Medora Musical is partly inspired by vaudeville acts Harold would go to see in Las Vegas.

 

So when we had the chance to book The King of Vegas for a one-night, intimate concert at the Old Town Hall Theater, we got “All Shook Up” and cried “Explore it. Adore it. — “Viva Las Vegas!

 

Below are four songs we can’t wait to see performed by the world’s most authentic Elvis Repriser, Chris MacDonald! You can book your package for this intimate, exclusive concert at Medora.com/Elvis

 

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