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Flashback: A peek into our book, Medora Musical: The First 50 Years

Flashback: A peek into our book, Medora Musical: The First 50 Years

This Coffee Table Book Makes

the Best Christmas Present

 

This past summer, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Medora Musical, which first showed — wooden plank seating, dirt floors and all — on July 1, 1965. It was a great season with so many favorites that took us down memory lane.

But the super fun flashbacks don’t have to end there; in the fan-favorite coffee table book, MEDORA MUSICAL: THE FIRST 50 YEARS, you can take a stroll through all of the years since the show’s beginning — with large photos, play bills, and commentary from the pioneers of our show to bring you right back to the very first day in the seats of the Medora Musical.

Plus, this new coffee table book is the perfect gift for Christmas! You can order it right here.

To wet your appetite, here’s a little preview from 1974! READ MORE »

Behind the Scenes Cast Blog with Misti Koop: Work, Work, Work

Behind the Scenes Cast Blog with Misti Koop: Work, Work, Work

You’ve got to be a Jack or Jane of all trades when you are a Burning Hills Singer. For many, the work doesn’t start and stop on the stage of the Medora Musical. Read what Misti Koop has to say about working all the livelong day in Medora!

Most of us work a second job, so this schedule helps to shape our weeks here in Medora. Many of us sing a set each week at the Chuckwagon Patio, and our Coal Diggers accompany us as well as play 6 nights a week up at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue!

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Behind the Scenes of the Medora Musical – Stage Design

Behind the Scenes of the Medora Musical – Stage Design

Quick! When does the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical start? Many of you would say June 5 – and you’d be right. But ask Erica Zaffarano, the Medora Musical Set Designer, and she’ll give you a much earlier date.

“We start consulting with the Foundation in the first week of January. Once we get on site, roughly by the end of May, we usually stay till three or four days after opening night of the Musical.”

Our Stage Crew is amazing. See them in action, in the photos below.

 

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Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop part 3

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop part 3

 

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This is Burning Hills Singer Misti Koop’s last “Behind the Scenes” blog of the season.

My friend Marcus, the Medora Musical Drummer of eight years, told me this. “Misti, each year is different. You can’t predict how, but each season has a different flow and energy. You just have to enjoy whatever you like about it each year!” You know what Marc, you are exactly correct. This being my second year as part of the Medora Musical, people ask, “which year has been your favorite?” I can’t even answer that. Each year is wonderful and special and un-comparable. I can share some favorite highlights of the season though! READ MORE »

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Delanie Wiedrich Part 2

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Delanie Wiedrich Part 2

As I sit here with my morning cup of coffee and reflect on the past three months, I can not help but marvel at how much has changed and the direction my life has taken. From beginning rehearsals in May, to opening night, to wrapping things up with the last third of the season, this summer has been far more challenging and rewarding then anything I could have imagined.

2014 Medora Musical Cast

2014 Medora Musical Cast

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Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Damon Fichter

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Damon Fichter

2014 Medora Musical Cast

This blog was written by Burning Hill Singer Damon Fichter. It is his first blog in a series of blogs from North Dakota Burning Hills Singers.

I’m currently in a van packed, full of Burning Hills Singers, on our way to Watford City where we will perform at a school and nursing home. As I see everyone relaxing and chatting during our ride, I sometimes forget we are all here for a job. Really?! I am getting paid to sing and dance with my friends. I am only 21 and I feel like I have one of the best jobs in the world. READ MORE »

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop

This blog was written by  Burning Hill Singer Misti Koop. It is first in a series of blogs from North Dakota Burning Hills Singers.

 

 The Moment

Ten days into rehearsals, it’s time to leave our Minneapolis studio/rehearsal space and relocate to our home stage in Medora, ND. Some music is now memorized, some dances are in our bodies, the script is under revision, and we have one completed costume. After a promotional performance in Fargo and a few in Bismarck, we finally arrive in Medora for our first on-site rehearsal!

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The Medora Musical: A Labor of Love

The Medora Musical: A Labor of Love

Anybody that’s seen the Medora Musical knows what an amazing show it is. What many don’t see is the long hours of practice our world class performers put in for nearly a month before they ever take the stage. Through these long days and late nights they gradually become the Burning Hills Singers you see on stage every night during the summer. We thought we’d give you a glimpse of what life is like before they become the Burning Hills Singers you know and love. Check it out.

 

 

Behind the Scenes: 2014 Medora Musical Rehearsals!

Behind the Scenes: 2014 Medora Musical Rehearsals!

Hey ya’ll! We just announced the Medora Musical cast today! So we thought we’d give you a behind the scenes look at what goes into  making “The Greatest Show in the West”! Read on to see some great photo’s.

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 Rehearsal days start with lots of smiles…

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