Medora to Screen New “Being TR” Short Doci

Medora to Screen New “Being TR” Short Doci

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) announced today that a new short documentary titled “Being TR” will have a pre-release screening this Tuesday at the North Dakota Heritage Center with the filmmaker, Samuel Sprynczynatyk.

In addition to the screening, TRMF will announce a good-will tour to France, led by Medora’s TR, to celebrate the life and death of President Roosevelt’s youngest son, Quentin, who perished 100 years ago while fighting over the battlefields of WWI.

A press conference and film screening will be held: 
Tuesday, April 24
11:00am CDT
Great Plains Theater, ND Heritage Center, Bismarck, ND

Members of the public and media are invited to join the event to see the screening, hear remarks from the filmmaker and Theodore Roosevelt.

The short documentary was shot late in the summer of 2017 by Samuel Sprynczynatyk, his significant other, Medora, and in collaboration with Joe Wiegand and TRMF. The short has been entered in film festivals around the region, and after Tuesday’s first-public screening, it will be released more broadly.

On July 14, 1918, Bastille Day, Lieutenant Quentin Roosevelt, U.S. Army Air Corps – 95th Aero Squadron and youngest child of President & Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, made the ultimate sacrifice for French freedom, while flying during the final months of World War One.

Had Quentin returned from his morning mission, he would have been in charge of music for a local Bastille Day celebration. Exactly 100 years after Quentin’s death in battle, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation will send a troupe of American musicians and actors on a performance pilgrimage to France, to play the music and salute the friendship of the people of France and the United States.

The troupe and TRMF are currently accepting contributions to help fund the tour, with over $6,000 raised of a $20,000 goal.

A full schedule of the tour and fundraising information can be found at: MEDORA.COM/Quentin100

About the film maker, Samuel Sprynczynatyk 
Samuel is an Award Winning Independent Documentary Filmmaker in North Dakota whose passion is telling stories and capturing moments with a visual and emotional beauty. He has been working in film for over 10 years and have had experience in most every style of filmmaking.

He is a one man band and has been self taught — handling each film project from start to finish, from pre-production all the way to the final color grade. He brings a very naturalistic style to his filmmaking. He strives to tell stories that make a difference in this world.

See more of Samuel’s work at: www.samuelspry.com/

About the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is a public non-profit organization that was formed in 1986 by a multi-million dollar gift from Harold Schafer and his family – most famously known as the founders of the Gold Seal Company, the maker of Mr. Bubble, Glass Wax and other nationally-known household products.

For Harold, the beauty and history of Medora and the Badlands was just too much to let disappear with the sands of time – so he made it his life’s work to save it for generations to come. He began his labor of love in 1962, revitalized what we know today as the Medora Musical in 1965. Harold continued giving to the historic cow town frequented by Theodore Roosevelt, the Marquis de Mores, and many-a rough-and-tumble westerner until his passing in 2001.

Today, we at TRMF strive to accomplish its mission to preserve, present, and serveall that Harold loved about Medora by operating history, education, entertainment businesses that allow the traveling public to fully enjoy the beautiful North Dakota Badlands.
Through the contributions and teamwork of a board of directors, a full time staff of 45, 300 seasonal employees, over 500 seasonal volunteers, and financial backing from generous supporters, TRMF connects people to Medora for positive, life-changing experiences.

When You Don’t Have Time to Read Remember: Ta Eph’hemin

By Jewel Eliese

Do you have time to read?

 

Most people would say they don’t, especially when they are a busy Medora employee.

 

One reason is that Medora, our wonderful little city, is like a timer; it’s always counting down. We count down the days until the musical starts, to hear those sweet Burning Hill’s singer’s voices echoing over the buttes with the sun setting behind their dancing feet.

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Medora Musical Variety Acts Selected, Kat Perkins Camp and Concert Return, Summer Concerts Announced

Four variety acts, three concerts and two music festivals bring world-class, nationally known entertainment to Medora and the Burning Hills Amphitheatre.

 

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is excited to announce the 2018 Medora Musical Variety Acts and summer concert lineup.

 

The 2018 Medora Musical will feature a new, “family” theme used to tell the story of Theodore Roosevelt and the American West. This year’s Featured Variety Acts will follow right along with that theme – bringing great, family-friendly variety entertainment to the second half of each night’s Medora Musical.

 

Three comedians — including notable returner, Kermit Apio — will be joined by a renowned jump rope acrobatic stunt team, Flight Crew — who received rave reviews and standing ovations during their time in Medora in 2016.

 

Guests can see the Medora Musical Featured Variety Acts during the dates below:

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Interview with 2018 Burning Hills Singer – Kevin Korczynski

Kevin Korczynski is one of the most popular Burning Hills Singers in the history of the Medora Musical.

And after a year-long break, he’s returning to a, “one-of-a-kind” stage!

See what Kevin has to say about his return to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre and be sure to read all the way to the end… there is an AMAZING story about the First Lady of Modern Medora, Sheila Schafer!

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Getting to know 2018 Burning Hills Singer – Christie Robinson

A Maine native, Christie Robinson most recently earned her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Florida in April 2017.

She also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Certificate of Performance from The Circle in the Square Musical Theatre Intensive in NYC.

We caught up with Christie over email to see what she’s most excited for this summer in Medora and why she decided to return to Medora for her second season!

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How to watch the Masters in peace!

It’s one of the best weeks of the year baby! Masters Week!

 

But not everyone thinks it’s so great.. those non-golfnuts at work and at home will probably try and keep you from watching the greatest golf tournament on God’s green earth!

Luckily you have friends like us here at Bully Pulpit.

 

We put our heads together and came up with a full proof excuses — er, reasons — for every situation you may encounter.

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Getting to know 2018 Burning Hills Singer – Taylor Leet

2017 Burning Hills Singer Taylor Leet is back for her 2nd year as a Burning Hills Singer in the “Greatest Show in the West“!

Raised in her beautiful hometown of Bismarck, ND, Taylor followed her dreams to Chicago earning a BA in Vocal Performance/Contemporary Urban Popular from Columbia College Chicago.

At an early age, Taylor discovered her passion for music and performing. She has been fortunate to participate in musicals, special events, gospel ensembles, and worship teams.

Growing up, she attended the Medora Musical each summer and is thrilled to be a Burning Hills Singer!

 

We sat down with Taylor to get her take on being a North Dakotan in the Medora Musical and more!

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2018 Cast of the Medora Musical

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF), in conjunction with StageWest Entertainment, is excited to announce the cast of the 2018 Medora Musical and that the Show’s theme will be about “family.”

 

Over four million people have seen the Medora Musical since first opening in 1965 – many visitors from around the region make it a family tradition to see the show each year.

 

However, the family tradition extends further than the guests who flock to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre each summer.

 

Back for his third year as Host of the Medora Musical, Chet Wollan grew up on the Badlands stage – first watching his father, Curt Wollan, produce the show (1987-2018) before joining the production for the first time as a four-year old doing rope tricks with Montie Montana.

 

Chet has grown into his role as host and again leads a very talented, professional cast in this year’s Medora Musical.

 

Curt, for his part, remembers his early years in Medora fondly, saying, “Little did I know that answering an ad in 1977 would have led to meeting my wife, Jane, and to the honor of fathering two very talented Burning Hills Singers — Chet and his sister, Lexie Wollan-Swenson.

 

“I love this show. It is so fun coming back to it year after year to tell timeless tales about Teddy Roosevelt, the Badlands and family values in compelling new ways.”

 

Former Bismarck Mayor, Bill Sorensen, will join Chet Wollan as co-host after a successful, four-state tour of A Magical Medora Christmas.

 

This will be Bill’s second season back as a kind of grandfatherly figure, helping his co-host tell the story of the Badlands and Medora.

 

Between Chet and Bill, this year’s show is sure to include a great mix of fan-favorite moments and humor – some scripted and others, well, not so much.

 

Each year some of the top stage talent in North Dakota audition for the Medora Musical. The competition is stiff and those selected compete against talent recruited from across the nation.

 

This year, three North Dakotans made the cast and are returning: Misti Koop, of Grand Forks; Taylor Leet, of Bismarck; and Alyssa Scott of Fargo. 

 

Koop and Leet pursued passion projects during the winter, while Scott and her boyfriend, Medora Musical lead guitarist, Adam Vogel, have been performing and recording in Nashville, TN.


Vocal powerhouse and veteran performer, Candice Lively-Wolllan, joins the cast and her husband, Chet, this year as well. Candice and Chet just finished performing in a National Tour of Ring of Fire together.


The comical and ever animated, Ken Quiricone, will return in his “comedic side-kick role” for his 7th year after performance stints in Atlanta, GA, and Pennsylvania.


Fans will be happy to know that six-year veteran of the Show, Kevin Korczynski, will be returning after working in Florida and Illinois.


Kevin had this to say about his return to the stage of the Medora Musical, “A large part of returning was simply missing Medora. It’s a one-of-a-kind professional contract and I missed the electricity on that epic stage.


“I also missed the people, onstage and off. Co-workers, friends for life, Medora family, and fans it’s all a huge part of every summer story. The joy on-stage and off makes for such a gratifying return.”


Other veteran professionals returning for 2018 include:

Jessica Bradish, whose professional credits include a National Tour in Pump Boys and Dinettes.


Christie Robinson — who’s one half of Medora’s newest Kids Show, Carl and Greta’s Cowboy Sing Along with returning Medora Musical band leader, Andrew Crowe.

 

And Dusin LaFleur, who has worked at the Crossroads Repertory and Grandstreet Theatres.

 

The three new Burning Hills Singers are Ben Massouras, John Woodruff and Benjamin Frankart. 

While over one thousand performers auditioned for the show at locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Florida and Tennessee this year, for TRMF communications director, Justin Fisk, a cast full of returners is fitting with this year’s “Family” theme.


“Really, the theme can be traced directly to the people who come to the show – the Medora Musical has been a family tradition, for visitors and staff, since Harold and Sheila Schafer started the show in 1965. Today, you see families all summer long with two, three, even four generations coming together.


It seems like fate, too, for our production team to build the show around this theme, and then for the cast to come together in a way that almost feels like a big family reunion – albeit a really musically talented one!”


Fisk concluded, “It will be fun and exciting to see how such an epic story of TR and the Badlands can be told with the family theme, with such a talented cast who are themselves a lot like a family.”

Lead Roles of the Medora Musical

  • Chet Wollan  –  Host  –  “Cowboy Chet”
    Strawberry Plains, TN, by way of St. Anthony, MN — returning
  • Bill Sorensen  –  Co-Host  –  “Wild West Prestidigitator”
    Bismarck, ND — returning
  • Candice Lively-Wollan  –  Burning Hills Singer/Co-Host
    Strawberry Plains, TN — returning
  • Ken Quiricone  –  Burning Hills Singer/Co-Host
    Stratford, CT — returning
Burning Hills Singers
  • Jessica Bradish                   Des Moines, IA — returning
  • Benjamin Frankart              Republic, OH
  • Kevin Korczynski                 Bel Air, MD — returning
  • Misti Koop                           Grand Forks, ND – returning
  • Dustin LaFleur                     Lafayette, LA — returning
  • Taylor Leet                           Bismarck, ND — returning
  • Ben Massouras                   Phoenix, AZ
  • Christie Robinson                Bucksport, ME — returning
  • Alyssa Scott                         Fargo, ND — returning
  • Jon Woodruff                        White Bear Lake, MN
 Coal Diggers Band
  • Andrew Crowe, Fiddle           Franklinton, NC — returning
  • Brandon Fillette, Piano          Weddington, NC — returning
  • Junior Mercer, Steel Guitar    Sevierville, TN
  • Perry Orfanella, Bass            Carmel, NY — returning
  • Barry Smith, Drummer           Orlando, FL
  • Adam Vogel, Guitar                Melrose, MN — returning

Ask President Roosevelt

“Ask President Roosevelt” is a feature of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Member Newsletter, the Rough Riders Review. For five summers, veteran TR repriser, historian, and actor Joe Wiegand has brought Theodore Roosevelt to life on the matinee stage at Medora’s Old Town Hall Theater. During the off-season, Joe travels the country as TR, representing the Medora Foundation. As part of every performance, in character as TR, Wiegand takes questions from the audience.

 

Q: How did you spend your winter, Colonel Roosevelt? Any big plans for the summer ahead?

A: Like so many of you, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays spent with family were the most special occasions. Of course, I toured the country, performing for audiences from Portland, Oregon to Saranac Lake, New  York. Like many a North Dakotan, the winter found me in Florida, Arizona, and Southern California, where thousands of Medora Musical fans follow the migratory fowl.

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Greg Butler Steps Up Once Again

The Elkhorn Quarters $1 Million Match Challenge

There’s a brand new Medora lodging facility awaiting our guests this summer!

The Elkhorn Quarters, our new motel and seasonal staff housing complex, has replaced the old Bunkhouse trailers, and a big reason for that is the generosity of our longtime supporter Greg Butler of Fargo.

 

 

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