1) What made you decide to audition for the Medora Musical again?
I am very excited to be coming back to Medora this summer.
Unlike other shows I’ve been a part of, The Medora Musical is unique and wonderful on a different level. I’m not trying to exaggerate.
At the closing of Medora 2012, I had gained several lifelong friends from our cast and crew. If your parents or teachers have ever told you, “surround yourself with exceptional people, and you will strive to be exceptional too,” then please believe them. That is exactly what I experienced as a Burning Hills Singer in The Medora Musical. Performing in this beautiful setting to a huge amphitheater of people who are truly glad to be there, and performing with a group of friendly, positive performers who give their ALL every night and LOVE what they do… is a top notch experience, in my book!
It does add an extra layer of pride when you are singing about “North Dakota,” your personal home. Many nights I remember tears of love and pride.
They say that each year of the musical is a totally different experience. This fact excites me, challenges me – as a new cast and crew, what can we accomplish this season?! What will we bring to this year’s show? How will we impact each other’s lives and careers and our audiences?
2) What did you most enjoy about your previous experience as a Burning Hills Singer?
I believe the thing I loved most about my experience as a Burning Hills Singer last time was singing and dancing “full-out,” 200%, together – as hard as we could dance, smile, and sing all at the same time, with full hearts. There is nothing like being a part of a “united 200%” – nothing in the world – especially on the Medora stage, for an audience of genuine hearts.
We sure had a great time with our “museum scene” [in 2012] when we all played different characters of the “Cowboy Hall of Fame.” It was full of laughter, comedy, harmony, and such a collection of songs and personalities! We could feel the audience enjoying it right along with us. I secretly loved climbing on top of the stagecoach twice a night – a little thrill for me!
When given the opportunity to return for another season, I didn’t even hesitate. I knew that this is where I wanted to be this summer. And if The Medora Musical will have me again, I can’t wait to give my all and see what new people and possibilities unfold! I am grateful and excited.
I am one of the van drivers again, too! That’s fun for me, personally to look forward to. I am hoping the stage won’t mind some musical comedy from me again. I really can’t help myself. 🙂
I do love a nice campfire after some shows – I hope some of the cast are up for a fire once in a while. There are a few others returning from my year. I am looking forward to reconnecting with these wonderful people, too.
Koop, a graduate from the University of North Dakota’s Master of Arts in Theater program and current East Grand Forks music teacher, performed in the 2012 Medora Musical and is excited to return in 2014.
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.