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Medora Musical to Open June 19

We are wonderfully-excited and incredibly grateful to all who have helped us get to this point.

THE MEDORA MUSICAL WILL OPEN JUNE 19!

The show will open with “Smart Restart” procedures in place – including reduced capacity for each show, every-other row seating, and increased spacing between groups.

Nightly showings will be at 8:30pm MDT all season.

To help more people enjoy the “Greatest Show in the West”, a second show per night will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on July 4, that will begin at 5:30pm MDT.

This new show schedule will allow nearly the same number of shows to be held as previously scheduled. THANK YOU to the cast, crew, and production team for their commitment to making this a reality.

“We have heard from thousands of folks, that now more than ever, the people of North Dakota need the Medora Musical – the experience, the message, and the story of TR overcoming hardship from his time here in the Badlands.” said Justin Fisk, marketing and communication director.

“Guests will see some changes to how the theater operates, but the show itself will feature all the favorite pieces that have made it a true North Dakota tradition for the last 55 years. We’ll have a full cast and band, there’ll be live horses on stage, featured variety acts, and a big, patriotic finale. The Medora Musical that people love will still happen on our stage this year.

“Roosevelt’s words to ‘Do what you can, with what you have, where you are!’ mean so much more this year and we are proud to offer North Dakota’s show this year.”

Additional “smart restart” procedures include:
• Guests will be welcome to, but not required to wear masks.
• A revised, physical-distancing entry and exit process will be utilized.
• The popular kids segment of the show will take place with students in their seats, rather than on stage.
• Plastic sneeze guards will be installed at concession areas.
• Concession vendors and staff will wear masks and gloves.
• Hand sanitizing stations will be available.
• Capacity is planned to be increased as recommendations allow.

TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE MAY 26, ONLY AT MEDORA.COM

We expect a high volume of calls when tickets go on sale, so we encourage you to book online — and it’ll be quick and easy. All of our deals and discounts can be booked online, and you can even chat with a representative online if you have questions.

We’re finalizing our “smart restart” seating plan, so stay tuned for more details and we have made a couple of online tools to help you, too, like the hotel reservation change request below.

Other Attractions and Shows
• The Pitchfork Steak Fondue will also open on June 19. On two-show nights, you’ll be able to enjoy Fondue after the 5:30 show or before the 8:30 show.
• The Medora Gospel Brunch is scheduled to open June 24.
• A couple of our favorites — the Teddy Roosevelt Show featuring Joe Wiegand and Bill Sorensen’s Live, Love, Laugh also plan to open soon and details will be announced online.
• Our new Little Bully Pulpit Mini-Golf Course and Manitou the Point to Point Zipline are both slated to open July 1
• The new Cowboy Lyle’s Candy Barn will open soon
• And there will be lots of ice cream and shopping available all summer

THANK YOU to all of our guests, supporters, volunteers, partners, and more. Thank you to YOU, our Facebook community for your support. THANK YOU North Dakota, for making us part of your summer tradition.

Bully Pulpit to open May 1, with smart restart procedures in place

The Badlands are beautiful, the course is coming into great spring condition, and we all need a chance to get outside. Which makes right now a great time to play golf! 

We’re opening Bully Pulpit for public play starting Friday, May 1, 2020.

You can make a tee time now, and read on to see how we’re changing things up to tee off a smart restart. 


How we’re playing it safe for a smart restart at Bully

With small groups and tons of wide-open space, you can get out and play and take some easy precautions appropriate for the times.

  • We’ve implemented a number of smart changes to how we operate and to course rules to encourage good hygiene and reduce close, person-to-person contact.

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A Million Dollar Impact Thanks To Great River Energy

We’ve done a lot of big projects in Medora over the years, and we’re grateful to have had one really consistent partner in those projects—Great River Energy. Great River is a Minnesota-based nonprofit electric generating cooperative serving 700,000 families, farms and businesses in Minnesota. They generate much of their electricity at power plants in North Dakota, and have become one of North Dakota’s best “citizens.”

Their most recent commitment to TRMF has a $1 Million dollar impact to help support more activities for kids and families here in Medora. But this is just the latest in a long history of support for North Dakota’s favorite playground.

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Hatzenbuhler to Serve as TR Library Fundraising Director, Retain Leadership of Medora Foundation

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TR Medora Foundation), in cooperation with the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation (TRPLF), announced today that Randy Hatzenbuhler will serve as the Executive Director for Development for the TR Presidential Library, while continuing his role leading the TR Medora Foundation as its
President. He will join newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Edward O’Keefe, for the next phase of this historic project.

Hatzenbuhler, a Mandan native, has worked for the TR Medora Foundation for over 30 years and has been part of raising over $60 million in gifts that have further developed Medora, the gateway community to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. He began his time there working alongside the TR Medora Foundation’s first president, Rod Tjaden, and the organization’s founder, Harold Schafer; Hatzenbuhler has served as its President since 1997. During his time in Medora, he has been instrumental in leading growth in tourism, fundraising, and physical development in and around Medora.

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Matt and JoAnn Butler Foundation Pledges to Match Up To $2 Million in Support for New Kids Park in Medora

Gift will be largest single gift since the creation of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is delighted to announce that the Matt and JoAnn Butler Foundation has pledged a $2 Million matching grant challenge to support Point to Point Park, a place for families named after Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite game.

The Matt and JoAnn Butler Foundation made the commitment after seeing the most recent plans for Point to Point Park and have pledged to match every dollar raised in support of the project, up to $2 Million so that the entire park can be built in 2020. The Butler Family commented after making the commitment, “We know that if we make this gift, it will get done because TRMF has a history of getting things done, and done well.” 

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Medora Wish Granted

Rainann Medora Wish Recipient 2019
Donor initiative grants a second Medora experience

The Medora Wish Endowment, funded by donors of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, brought smiles to a new face this summer. Rainann Bull, a 17-year-old from Jamestown, stepped into town July 12 as the second ever to receive a trip to Medora sponsored by the Medora Wish Endowment.

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“Bully!” for North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation sees passage of Presidential Library funding as next great moment in history for the state


(MEDORA, ND) – In the early 1950s, Harold Schafer peered over the edge of the butte overlooking the tiny village of Medora and proclaimed, “There’s too much here to let disappear.” His son, Ed, standing by his side, took in the broken-down, old cow town with dirt streets and a ramshackle hotel named for Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, and thought to himself, “But—there’s nothing there!”    

Yet, this was the moment that North Dakota’s tourism industry was born.

Harold saw an opportunity to create something wonderful for generations to come. He didn’t have an eminently-detailed plan that considered every possible scenario, or a multi-page budget document projecting every income and expense, but he knew the legend of Theodore Roosevelt translated across the globe and that his ‘Bully Spirit’ could inspire millions.

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Bill Sorensen’s Final Ride

Long-time Medora entertainer to co-host the Medora Musical for a final time

(MEDORA, ND) Bill Sorensen is a household name around Medora, and this summer, you’ll get to see him on stage at the Medora Musical one last time, co-hosting for his final season alongside a star-studded cast.

“Medora has been a place of great importance to me. I watched my daughters grow up here, I myself have grown in this place with these people, and whether I’m performing for five people of 2,000 people I am always grateful for the experience,” remarks Bill.

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Sheriff Bear Leaves Medora

Breaking News

In a twist of unforeseen events Sheriff Bear has announced his resignation from the Medora Musical. Sheriff Bear has been with the show since the early 2000 and is the longest recurring cast member to date.

Sheriff Bear being poked fun at by current Medora Musical host Chet Wollen.


Official Sheriff Bear translator, Ken Quiricone says that Sheriff Bear says, “After being passed up over and over for host of the Medora Musical and as a member of the clog I have decided to follow my dreams elsewhere.”

Sheriff Bear is heading to New York City to pursue his dreams of performing ballet and continuing his sheriff background as a horse mounted officer in Central Park.

Published April 1st – the most foolish day of them all!

2019 Medora Musical Auditions!

Auditions are coming up at the end of January, don’t miss your chance to star in the Greatest Show in the West, the Medora Musical! Performed live and outside 100 nights in a row this western musical complete with history, live animals, fireworks, and some good ‘ol downhome country music is a show unlike any other!

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