Tickets go on sale for 50th Anniversary Season April 27
(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF), operator of the Medora Musical since its first showing on July 1, 1965, announced today the four variety acts that will perform during the 2015 season of the “Greatest Show in the West.”
This year marks the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical, a distinction few musical variety shows in the world have achieved and one that will be celebrated all season long within the Musical and in numerous special events scheduled throughout the season.
Tickets for this landmark season of the Medora Musical go on sale April 27.
The 50th Anniversary Medora Musical Variety Acts are:
June 5 through July 1
A Stand-up Guy the Whole Family Can Laugh At!
Carl Guerra started performing stand-up comedy in New York City as soon as he graduated from college. His real formal name is Carlos Eduardo Guerra Burgos Alberrlas De La Valle, but you can call him Chuck.
Carl has also performed on the nationwide college circuit and on such TV shows as Star Search and Evening at The Improv. He now lives in South Florida and performs regularly in comedy clubs, country clubs, at corporate events, and on cruise ships. He can entertain an audience with his clever observations, improvs, characters and guitar, without relying on profanity or sophomoric humor. He has also been the opener for such artists as Joan Rivers, Julio Iglesias, Paul Anka, Debbie Reynolds, George Benson, Ray Romano, Rosie O’Donnell, and many others.
July 2 through August 7
High-Flying Acrobatics – Back by Popular Demand!
Season 8 Semifinalist of America’s Got Talent!, this electrifying gymnast troupe performs high-energy, high-flying acrobatics and brings crowds to their feet!
Their exciting performance includes amazing acrobatic stunts inside twirling jump ropes, catapulting off mini trampolines and thundering tumbling routines with impeccable timing. These inner city youth from the Chicago area not only learn high-flying gymnastic feats as members of the Chicago Boyz – but also learn discipline, respect, hard work, integrity and teamwork while tumbling themselves toward a life full of possibilities.
The Boyz return for their second consecutive season after garnering rousing, standing ovations every night of their inaugural appearance in 2014.
The Black Bear Group
August 8 through August 28
International theatrical acrobatics comes to the stage of the Medora Musical when the world-famous Black Bear Group interprets one of China’s oldest art forms dazzling acrobatic displays, formidable feats of daring and balance, brilliant costumes, and even a touch of comedy.
The Black Bear Group was formed at the esteemed acrobatic school of Hebel Province in China when the very best of the acrobatic students were just seven years old. The Group was discovered by veteran performer Guiming Meng, himself from China, whose Chinese Acrobatic show and his amazing vase-head balancing act have wowed American audiences for thirty years. Guiming and his troupe have appeared with Ringling Brothers Circus, The Big Apple Circus in New York City and have been touring with the Shrine Circuses and variety shows for amazed audiences from coast to coast.
Wells & Woodhead
August 29 through September 12
An amalgam of music, circus arts and comedy demonstrated by two performers with vastly different dispositions.
Wells, the “dapper Dane,” and Woodhead, the “bumbling fool,” take the audience on a fun-filled ride where anything joyous seems possible. Their circus skills are in the outer limits, but the rudiment of their art is their ability to connect with the crowd. It’s not so much what they do, but rather who they are that creates empathy with their audience, insuring they’ll be wearing their happy faces long after the show is over.
Medora Musical Amphitheatre & Attractions Manager, Kinley Slauter, commented, “Last year, The Chicago Boyz received a standing ovation every night they performed, which I haven’t seen in 18 summers of working in Medora, so we knew right away that we had to bring them back.
“And because it’s such an exciting milestone for a production like the Medora Musical to celebrate its 50th Anniversary,” Slauter continued, “It was really important to us that attendees also get to enjoy very high-quality variety acts to compliment what is sure to be a great Medora Musical this year. This year’s variety acts shouldn’t disappoint.”
The individual variety acts perform during the second half of the Medora Musical program, every night throughout the season. The 2015 Medora Musical shows every night at 7:30pm MDT, and its run is scheduled for one week longer than usual, showing from June 5 to September 12.
Tickets go on sale April 27 at MEDORA.COM and 1-800-MEDORA-1.
About the The Medora Musical
The Medora Musical, as we know it today, opened for the first time on July 1, 1965, and then was called Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again: A Medora Musical. It was the start of something big – something that today has entertained over three million people and, in 2015, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season – a milestone few productions ever achieve.
In the fall of 1964, Harold Schafer – most famously known as the founder of the Gold Seal Company and maker of Mr. Bubble, Glass Wax and other nationally-known household products – purchased the theater and production equipment from the producers of a Medora-based play, Old Four Eyes, and set about creating something extraordinary for the region.
He wanted to create something that celebrated all he loved about Theodore Roosevelt, the Badlands, and Medora that would allow future generations the chance to be inspired by the area the way he was. That something was the Medora Musical.
Today, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation continues Harold’s dream by producing the Medora Musical so that it may connect people to Medora for positive, life-changing experiences.