Numbers on pace to set all time record
(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is excited to announce that sales for the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical have officially surpassed the total for the 2014 rendition of the “Greatest Show in the West.”
At box office closing on Monday, total sales for this year’s show have crossed the 2014 total of 103,946, and are on pace to set an all-time record with nearly a month of the Medora Musical remaining.
Ticket sales for this year’s show are 13% ahead of the previous year and are on pace to surpass 115,000, which would make this the most attended Medora Musical in its 50 year history.
They’re all fun, but this has been one of the best summers in Medora.”
“We’ve imagined having a year of this scale for a long time; we’ve come close during my 27 years, but never had a summer quite like this anniversary season,” comments TRMF President, Randy Hatzenbuhler, before breezing away to greet show goers and sell popcorn up and down the aisles of the Burning Hills Amphitheatre selling popcorn – his favorite thing to do in Medora by the way. “The size and excitement of the crowds have been electric this year, and the cast and staff in Medora have all been feeding off it too. They’re all fun, but this has been one of the best summers in Medora.”
While an extremely well-produced and performed show is the number one reason cited by TRMF for increased ticket sales thus far this year, factors like talented and exciting variety acts, a new summer concert lineup this year, and lots of special events in Medora have likely played a role in bringing more people to town.
They just can’t take it all in during one trip, so they come back for more.
“I’ve also been hearing from a lot of guests, more than I’ve heard ever before, that they’re not just coming once per summer – now they’re coming two, three times a year.” Hatzenbuhler continued. “They’re telling us that they enjoy seeing the different variety acts, they like seeing how the show changes and evolves throughout the season and, really, they seem to be saying that they just can’t take it all in during one trip, so they come back for more.”
Additionally, TRMF notes that somewhat reduced gas prices, two-to-three fewer rain-outs than average and increased population in North Dakota may also play a part in the record pace this season.
Through Monday, over 93,000 attendees had seen the show, with nearly 11,000 more already having booked their tickets to see the Medora Musical before the curtain falls on September 12.
The 2015 Medora Musical shows every night at 7:30 p.m. MDT, in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre cut right into the majestic and rugged North Dakota Badlands. More information and tickets are available at Medora.com.
About 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.