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Become an Annual Member Today!

Like Teddy’s original Rough Riders, Annual Members move the line forward each year to make Medora better for current and future generations. 


The TRMF Annual Member program began a few years ago to bring our frequent visitors and best friends into a group that met once a year at the annual Rough Riders Roundup, talk about the future of Medora, and help support the day-to-day activities necessary to provide all our guests a great getaway experience.



My, how it’s grown! Now, 800-strong, our Annual Members add value to Medora in so many ways: READ MORE »

Who will be our 2018 Burning Hills Singers!?

Who will be our 2018 Burning Hills Singers!?

This weekend two of North Dakota’s largest cities were full of singin’ and boot swingin’ for performers auditioning to be part of this summer’s Medora Musical.

Producer/Director, Curt Wollan, of StageWest Entertainment, kicked off the audition tour in Bismarck and Fargo, giving North Dakota natives a chance to audition for the show, which entertains over 100,000 people per summer and has welcomed over 4 Million guests since 1965.

Each year around 1,000 singers and dancers from around the country audition for the Medora Musical. Performers who are selected bring exceptional vocals, energetic dancing and big personalities to the show.

That’s why, finding talent right here in our own backyard deserves a good ‘ol hoot and hollar!

A number of North Dakota natives who’ve made the cast over the years, have then gone on to very successful careers in the music and performing industries. Often, they credit their time performing alongside the rest of the all-professional cast of the Medora Musical as a shaping experience — one that showed them the hard work, ever-improving talent, and perseverance needed to be successful in the business.

Some of the best-known success stories of North Dakota cast members include,
Jared “Yodel Boy” Mason, who went on to star on Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet, Stomp! and other shows, and of course, most recently, Scranton’s own, Kat Perkins, went on to be a finalist on NBC’s The Voice after a five-year run as a Burning Hills Singer.

And these are just two of the stories of performers who got their start at an audition for the Medora Musical.

The Bismarck auditions brought out a good, talented group — and the performers had a lot to say! Check it out.

It was great to see previous Burning Hills Singer, Taylor Leet come out and support performers. Check out the tips Taylor shared!

Former Burning Hills Singer and current Medora Musical choreographer, Lexie Wollan, teaches the steps to a 2015 Medora Musical number.

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Fargo auditions on Sunday attracted a lot of young talent. Two performers, featured below, attended Kat Perkin’s, Rising Star camp in Medora last summer!

The Medora Musical attracts top-level talent from around the nation. (Sometimes folks have to be told where, exactly, Medora is, but we kind of enjoy their surprise when they arrive for the first time!) The show has a great reputation and the production team is lucky to have create the show with so many stars over the years.

It draws performers like the aforementioned, Jared Mason and Kat Perkins. People like Tom Netherton, and David Soul, who after performing in the Medora Musical went on to star in the original Starsky and Hutch. And globe-trotting professional performers like our own “Queen of the West,” Emily Walter, current host of the Medora Musical, Chet Wollan and his wife, Candice Lively-Wollan, whose talent and professionalism serve as a guide for younger cast members each year — some of whom came out of these Bismarck and Fargo auditions.

We don’t know who will fill the boots of this year’s cast quite yet, but whatever the final roster is, based on what we saw at auditions so far and the history of Medora Musical talent, they’re sure to be EXCELLENT and they’re sure to help put on an INCREDIBLE show.

We’ll see you there. Don’t forget the popcorn. 😉

Additional audition stops include St. Paul, MN, on Jan 22, and Memphis, TN, in early February.

This year’s Medora Musical opens June 1, and tickets go on-sale in April. Mark your calendars and start planning your trip to see the Greatest Show in the West!

See you in Medora!

Spring 2017 Rough Riders Review

Spring 2017 Rough Riders Review

Check out our Spring 2017 Rough Riders Review below!


We are excited to share with you all that is happening here at the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF)!

North Dakota’s favorite “Band of Sisters” returns to the stage of the Medora Musical!

The dynamic duo of Krista & Kendra return to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre with great country music and a new album!

These extremely talented ladies have an impressive natural stage presence and deliver empowering, family-friendly music that does not disappoint. Their concert will feature guest performers from Let’s Dance Studio! READ MORE »

Medora Summer Concert Series Announced

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is excited to announce the 2017 summer concert lineup. These four concerts bring a mix of hometown talent and
tributes to history’s iconic bands and musicians…


Medora Musical Ticket Sales Cross 100,000 Mark

“The Greatest Show in the West” is on pace for its second highest attendance of all-time


Quarter Launch Media Advisory

United States Mint to Launch America the Beautiful Quarters Coin Honoring Theodore Roosevelt National Park


Veterans Day in Medora

All Veterans and active duty service members are invited to a special day in Medora with their families as we honor their service to our Country.

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) will be hosting a series of special events in Medora Sunday, July 10 to honor our nation’s veterans. The annual Veterans Day Celebration salutes those who have served in the United States military.

The ceremonies will culminate with a flyover by three WWII fighter aircraft: a P-51 Mustang named “Boomer,” piloted by Fargo-based Toby McPherson, as well as a P-40 Warhawk and Navy Corsair (images below) from the world-famous Texas Flying Legends museum. Both McPherson and the Texas Flying Legends are active in supporting veterans across the nation. READ MORE »

Cast of the Medora Musical to perform at North Dakota Heritage Center Prairie Amphitheater, Bismarck

The public and media are invited to attend this pre-season showing of the Burning Hills Singers and the Co-hosts of the Medora Musical on May 17

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation  and North Dakota Heritage Center are excited to announce that the cast of the 2016 Medora Musical will perform:

May 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m.

ND Heritage Center side lawn at the Prairie Amphitheater

612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501


Bison Abound in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

President Obama just named the bison as America’s National Mammal! Now bison aren’t nearly as prevalent today as they used to be during Theodore Roosevelt’s time in Dakota Territory, but you can still see plenty of them in his namesake national park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park — the backyard of Medora, North Dakota and the New York Times’ #5 place to visit in 2016!

Here’s a few photos from our many bison encounters over the years! READ MORE »