Medora Musical variety act line up announced

Medora, N.D. – To help kick off the summer travel season and celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7-15, Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation has announced its lineup of nationally known comedy and variety acts to be featured during the 2011 season of the Medora Musical.

This year’s Medora Musical spectators will be entertained not only by the talented Burning Hills Singers and Coal Diggers band, but also by variety acts ranging from an acrobat and aerial circus artists to a motivational comedian and a ventriloquist.

The Medora Musical, a professionally produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the Burning Hills Amphitheater in the North Dakota Badlands, kicks off June 10 and features nightly performances at 8:30 p.m. MT through September 10.

“The Medora Musical is fun for the whole family and features great music, fireworks, horses, and outstanding professional entertainment,” stated Randy Hatzenbuhler, director of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “People are already making their Medora vacation plans for this summer, so we remind visitors that it’s not too early to reserve their Musical tickets or book their vacation plans now.”

Tickets to the Medora Musical can be purchased now by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1 or online at Also available online is vacation and golf packages, Bully Pulpit Golf Course information, and the ability to make hotel reservations.


June 10 – July 8

Sylvia Fletcher, ventriloquist

Sylvia Fletcher tours the United States with the Magic Trunk, a well-traveled box inhabited by a delightful bunch of quick-witted puppets that she magically brings to life through ventriloquism. Whether she stops at schools, fairs, corporate shows or others venues, the young and young at heart are treated to a show where they can believe that a puppet can truly talk.

July 9 -29

Karyn Ruth White

Karyn Ruth White is a motivational comedian who believes that laughter is one of the most powerful tools we have to live happy, productive lives.  As a stand-up comedian and a popular keynote presenter at national and state conferences around the U.S., Karyn Ruth helps her audiences laugh off the little things and enjoy what’s important. Visit her online at

July 30 – August 19

Rudi Macaggi “The Acromedia”

Rudi Macaggi is a third-generation circus acrobat from Italy. He grew up performing with his family and traveling the world, becoming fluent in Italian, French, Spanish and English. He first came to the United States in 1982 while performing with a circus and eventually ran away from the circus to pursue a solo career that has taken a unique path, combining acrobatics with comedy, and earning him the nickname “The Acromedian.” Macaggi has appeared on the hit TV show America’s Got Talent and strives to bring happiness to people in each performance, inspiring laughter and smiles with his friendly catchphrase, “I like you.”

August 20 – September 10


Aloft is an internationally-renowned collective of aerial and circus artists dedicated to providing awe-inspiring and memorable performances. Founded by Shayna Swanson in 2005, with the acclaimed full length show “Rolling Backouts,” Aloft put an innovative spin on traditional circus acts, creating art that spilled over with beauty, wonder and solid storytelling. Since then Aloft has created three more full length productions, Dinner of Our Discontent, The Silentest Movie, and Science of Heart. In 2008 Aloft began producing a monthly cabaret show, El Circo Cheapo Cabaret, which has sold out each performance over the last three years and gone on a highly successful nationwide tour. Aloft’s performers are highly trained, visionary professionals who leave spectators breathless, but also inject a level of humanity into their performance that audiences can’t forget. 


About the Medora Musical

Celebrating its 47th season in 2011, the Medora Musical is a professionally produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the 2,852 seat Burning Hills Amphitheater in the North Dakota Badlands. Audiences are treated to an exciting array of song and dance routines performed by the Burning Hills Singers and accompanied by the on-stage band, the Coal Diggers. This family friendly show is dedicated to the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt and his time spent in the Badlands.

Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere.

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About National Travel and Tourism Week (May 7-15, 2011):

National Travel and Tourism Week, held annually in May, is a salute to travel and tourism in America. It’s a tradition first celebrated in 1984. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

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