1) What made you decide to, or want to, audition for the Medora Musical?
I’ve watched the Medora Musical since I was five years old. It was my first experience with musical theatre and really sparked my interest and love of the stage. I remember going up on the stage during the allotted children’s time and being in complete awe! Ever since, the Medora Musical has been something I’ve always wanted to be a part of. I was going to audition last year, but I was only 17 at the time. Actually, I’m still 17. I’ll be turning 18 on May 8th, the day before rehearsals begin! Anyway, when I heard auditions were in Bismarck it was a “Why not?” moment. It was my first professional audition.
2) What was going through your head when you got the call to join the cast? How are you feeling now, after the reality has started to sink in that you’ll be in the 2014 Medora Musical, and rehearsals are not too far off?
I was just pulling into the drive way after school when I got the phone call. At first I thought that Mr. Curt was calling to inform me that I had not gotten the job, which I thought was very kind of him to contact me just to tell me “no” whereas I thought I’d never hear back. Then he said “We’d like to offer you a job this summer.” At this point I am fumbling with my seat belt trying to get out of the car and go to tell my parents inside our home. After I hung up, I sat on the couch and cried and laughed with my parents. Never in a million years did I think I would get the job. I was in shock for the longest time; I had thought it was a prank call! I was hesitant to tell anyone because I was afraid I’d get another call saying they had made a mistake and I wouldn’t be a part of the show. It wasn’t until I received the contract that I realized it was real. I get butterflies every time I think about what is to come this summer. I am ecstatic to begin my career as a performer. However, I have to keep my head out of the clouds for the next couple months and focus on finishing high school first. Haha!
3) What are you most excited for during your first season as a Burning Hills Singer?
There is so much I am looking forward to! I’m looking forward to performing in the beautiful amphitheater. I’m excited to meet the cast and crew and develop relationships. Mostly, I look forward to being able to do what I love most in this world every night; performing. Oh, and the food! There is a restaurant in Medora that serves fantastic lamb chops!
Wiedrich is in her final year of high school in Hazen and has also been named Miss Dickinson 2014 – a preliminary title to the Miss North Dakota pageant.
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.