Full Cast of the 2014 Medora Musical Announced

2014 Medora Musical Cast

Cast of the Medora Musical! Back row, from left: Carolyn, Delanie, John, Lars, Abby, Candice, Kevin, Kimberly. Front row: Gerry, Damon, “Queen of the West” Emily, Chet, Misiti. Not pictured: “Wild West Prestidigitator” Bill Sorensen.


Over 1,200 auditionees from across the nation narrowed down to the 2014 Burning Hills Singers and Coal Diggers Band 

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation  is pleased to announce the cast and band of the 2014 Medora Musical, held June 6 – September 6. Auditions for the 2014 production took place in February, and drew over 1,200 audtionees from across the United States. Auditions were held in Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Minneapolis, MN; and Memphis, TN. Three North Dakotans were selected as Burning Hills Singers and join former- Bismarck-Mayor, Bill Sorensen, and “Queen of the West,” Emily Walter in this year’s show. Six talented musicians will join the cast as members of the Coal Diggers Band. 2014 Burning Hills Singers.

You can also read full bios by clicking “meet the cast” here.

  • Damon Fichter             Dickinson, ND – New Cast Member
  • Delainie Wiedrich        Hazen, ND – New Cast Member
  • Misti Koop                    Grand Forks, ND – Returning
  • Abby Helton             Nashville, TN – New Cast Member
  • Kevin Korczynski       Bel Air, MD – Returning
  • Lars Lee                      Minneapolis, MN – New Cast Member
  • Candice Lively            Strawberry Plains, TN – Returning
  • John Ross                    Lima, OH – New Cast Member
  • Carolyn Schmitz         Wells, MN – Returning
  • Kimberly Steffen        Spencer, IA – Returning
  • Gerry Williams           Durham, NC – Returning
  • Chet Wollan                St. Anthony, MN – Returning

2014 Members of the Coal Diggers Band

  • Marcus Bohn, Drums                         St. Paul, MN
  • Hannah Drollinger, Fiddle                 Iowa City, IA
  • Andrew Foreman, Bass                      Minneapolis, MN
  • Nick Kellie, Guitar                              United Kingdom
  • Roger Rettig, Pedal Steel                   London, UK
  • Chad Willow,  Keyboards                  Two Harbors, MN

  Medora Musical Creative Staff

  • Curt Wollan, Producer/Director
  • Katrina Benedict, Costume Designer
  • Greta Grosch, Script Writer
  • Alan Hanson, Lighting Designer
  • Bo Price, Choreographer
  • Kay Richardson, Sound Designer
  • Sandy Tipping, Musical Director/Arranger
  • Lexie Wollan Swenson, Assistant Director/Choreographer
  • Erica Zaffarano, Set Designer
  • Kinley Slauter, Burning Hills Amphitheatre Manager

The 2014 Medora Musical shows every night, June 6 to September 6, at 7:30 p.m. MDT, in the 2,900-seat Burning Hills Amphitheatre. More information and tickets are available at Medora.com.

Previously Released: Bill Sorensen and Emily Walter to co-host Medora Musical.


Justin Fisk, Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation


  1. Beverly Hulm
    May 15, 2014    

    Looking forward to the 2014 Musical this year. We will enjoy it June 16 with our daughter from Aurora, Colorado, and her 2 kids–11 yr old Connor and 5 yr old Caitlynn. We will be staying at the Wooly Boys cabin that night. I’m praying for nice weather that evening. God bless you all.

  2. Donald C. Hanson
    May 15, 2014    

    This cast looks great and we are looking forward to coming out once or twice this year as we have in the past.

  3. Fran Allery
    May 15, 2014    

    Can’t wait to get out there this summer. The musical is always awesome as well as the fondue and all the other venues. Yee haw!!!!!

  4. Thanks for commenting Beverly, we can’t wait for you to make it out here! And did you know that the cabin you and your family are staying at is the the one from the Dennis Hopper and Kris Kristoferson move “Wooly Boys”! Hope you have a great trip.

  5. It’s shaping up to be a rootin’ tootin’ good time Donald!!

  6. Jim and Charlotte Hardy
    May 15, 2014    

    Looking good! Should be a fun year! We always enjoy the musical.

  7. Kim Bonewit
    May 15, 2014    

    I’m heading to Medora a week from Sunday as a volunteer.

  8. Joan Koenig
    May 15, 2014    

    I am once again looking forward to attending the Medora Musical and enjoying supper beforehand at the Pitchfork Fondue. My husband and I have enjoyed watching the Medora Musical almost every year, since the first time we attended in 1975. There are only a few years of those years that we have not attended.

  9. Van
    May 15, 2014    

    Yippee Kuy YI Yay!!! Can’t wait to see old friends and the great new 50th anniversary show you have probably given your hearts out to.
    Hi Misty !

    Camera Van

  10. June Schaan
    May 16, 2014    

    I can’t wait for another season of Medora’s singers!!! When I moved to ND 25 years ago & went to my first show. I have only missed one season & that was because I was out of state working & couldn’t make it back here. I tell everyone about Medora. Keep up the great work. I just wished we could buy recordings of the shows. I would love to have a collection for memories.

  11. Janice Shanks
    May 17, 2014    

    We’re from North Eastern Montana and we stop and enjoy Medora several times a year while traveling to see our kids. There is so much to do and see, that you just can’t do it all in a couple days. The Musical is awesome, a drive through Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a must…make the whole lope, and Peaceful Valley Trail Rides that are in the park it’s self are breathtaking. Trust me, it doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, or rode horses all your life you will enjoy it. Looking forward to the mounted shooting “Guns A Blazing” this year too, June 20-21

  12. Tyson Reiter
    April 5, 2015    

    I have loved the medora musical for my whole life. Being born and raised in minot nd I always loved the yearly family trip to see the magic that is the badlands. Now I’ve grown and have introduced my girlfriend to the wonderful badlands. As expected she to loves the badlands and all its glory. I would love nothing more than to propose to my girlfriend of 2.5 years on stage of the medora musical. I’m not sure if something like that has been done or is even possible. But I guess if you don’t ask you’ll never know. Please someone out there help me make this happen or at least put me in touch with someone who could help me. I want to make my proposal as memorable as the greatest memories I have of the badlands. Thank you in advance for any help.

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