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Meet the cast of this year’s Medora Musical!

Hosts Chet Wollen and Bill Sorensen to lead star-studded Medora Musical cast made up of returning talent, new performers, and several North Dakota natives!

Each year thousands of performers audition at locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Florida to find the best talent for the Medora Musical. So let’s meet the cast!


The 2019 Medora Musical, Hosts


Chet Wollan, a Medora favorite is back to host the Medora Musical. Chet (pictured above) is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota but now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with Princess of the Prairie, Candice Lively Wollan. 

This will be Chet’s fourth year hosting the Medora Musical and his 13th year starring in the show. 


Bill Sorensen will return to the Medora Musical for his “final ride” co-hosting. Bill has been performing in Medora for the past 40 years as a magician, comedian, and entertainer. Don’t miss this dynamic duo together on stage this summer!

Read the full press release here about Bill Sorensen’s time in Medora, and what’s next for Wild Bill.

The Burning Hills Singers! 

Jessica Bradish is from Des Moines, Iowa and has starred as a vocal powerhouse in the Medora Musical for the past four years.

Andrea DeVriendt is making her Medora Musical debut from Madison, Wisconsin.

Rachel Endrizzi is coming from Cleveland, Ohio to make her debut as a Burning Hills Singer.

Misti Koop is a North Dakota native from Grand Forks and a fan favorite. She has starred as a Burning Hills Singer for the past six years with a number of featured roles during her time in the Medora Musical.

Kevin Korczynski is from Bel Air, Maryland. He has starred in the Medora Musical for seven seasons.

Taylor Leet, from Bismarck, North Dakota, is back! Taylor first starred in the Medora Musical in 2016 and is back for her fourth season.

Tryton Landsiedel, from Bismarck, North Dakota will star in his very first Medora Musical this year! Tryton has honed his skills as a Kat Perkins Rising Star Camper, then Junior Camp Director and is now ready to make his debut as a Burning Hills Singer.

Ben Massouras is from Phoenix, Arizona and first starred as a Burning Hills Singer last season.

Ken Quiricone comes to Medora from Stratford, Connecticut. This will be Ken’s eighth year as a Burning Hills Singer. Ken has played feature roles in the Medora Musical including the one and only, Colonel Theodore Roosevelt.

Gerry Williams is from Durham, North Carolina and previously starred in the Medora Musical in 2013 and 2014.

Candice Lively Wollan, the “Princess of the Prairie”, comes to us from Strawberry Plains, Tennessee for her ninth year as a Burning Hills Singer. Candice’s absolutely superb vocals have made her a fan favorite for years and audiences will again be graced by her talent in this year’s Medora Musical!

Jon Woodruff comes from White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He first made his debut in the Medora Musical last year and is back for another season of the “Greatest Show in the West!”

The Coal Diggers Band!

Andrew Crowe returns to the Medora Musical bandstand as the Bandleader and Fiddle player from Raleigh, North Carolina. Andrew also plays harmonica, guitar, and anything basically anything else you can think of. Hand him a hand saw – he’s played it before.

Junior Mercer is from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and is returning to the Medora Musical as the pedal steel player.

Perry Orfanella joins the Coal Diggers Band for his second season as the bass player from Carmel, New York.

Adam Vogel from Melrose, Minnesota returns as guitarist.

Carson Hooley joins the Coal Diggers Band as a drummer.

Travis Smith is coming from Columbus, Ohio to play keyboards and be the vocal captain.


2019 Medora Musical Auditions!

Auditions are coming up at the end of January, don’t miss your chance to star in the Greatest Show in the West, the Medora Musical! Performed live and outside 100 nights in a row this western musical complete with history, live animals, fireworks, and some good ‘ol downhome country music is a show unlike any other!

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Interview with 2018 Burning Hills Singer — Misti Koop

As a Grand Forks, ND native, Misti Koop is grateful and overjoyed to be returning for her sixth season as a Burning Hills Singer! We caught up with this energetic, fan-favorite hometown girl to get her thoughts on what she’s been up to and the upcoming Medora Musical season!

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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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2018 Medora Musical Auditions Begin Saturday

Auditions to be held in Bismarck, Fargo, Minneapolis, and Memphis

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, in conjunction with StageWest Entertainment, is pleased to announce auditions for the 2018 Season of the Medora Musical are set to begin this weekend.

 

Performers interested in trying out for the Burning Hills Singers and Coal Diggers Band are welcome and encouraged to attend one of the auditions hosted at the dates and times below.

 

Members of the media are welcome at audition venues. Representatives from StageWest Entertainment — several of whom have also been cast members themselves — and auditionees, will be available for questions and comments.

 

~ January 20
Bismarck, ND at the Lynne Center, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at 2:00pm

 

~ January 21
Fargo, ND, at the Buxton Choral  Rehearsal Hall within the Hvidsten Hall of Music, Concordia College, at 1:00pm

 

~ January 22
St. Paul, MN, at North Garden Theatre, at 7:00pm

 

~ February 2 – 5
Memphis, TN, at Playhouse on the Square. Auditionees must be registered with United Professional Theatre Auditions (UPTA)*

*All auditions except UPTA are first come, first served.

 

 

The professional cast of each season’s Medora Musical hails from all across the nation – with talented members of the cast often coming from the Show’s home state of North Dakota.

 

Each year over 1,000 performers audition for the show and each year’s cast is different than the previous.

 

Over the course of it’s 53 year history, the Medora Musical’s professional cast has been made up of a mixture of performers and musicians who have traveled the world performing on cruise lines, who’ve starred in Broadway productions, appeared on hit TV shows like TheVoice and even those who’ve launched their career in Medora and went on to enjoy an extremely successful career in entertainment.

 

Singers, dancers and musicians are required to prepare an up tempo and a ballad for the audition. Prospective performers should also bring sheet music in the correct key, a resume, and an 8×10 photo.

 

Audio and stage technicians can email resumes to Tricia Hofeld at: thofeld@troupeamerica.com

Pre-audition contact: Justin Fisk, 701-340-3183
Day-of and performer contact: Curt Wollan, Producer/Director

The Medora Gospel Brunch is a Deliciously Good Time

And the food is great too!

 

You’ll never experience anything quite like The Medora Gospel Brunch!

 

It leaves you feeling full, not just with delicious food, but in spirit too! READ MORE »

A Musical Tradition

Here in Medora everyone is gearing up for Independence Day Weekend and the 4th of July!

However, no one is more excited than the Medora Musical Cast.

Because not only is it Independence Day Weekend and the 4th of July, but this Saturday marks the 53rd Anniversary of the Medora Musical!

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Opening Weekend Was a Success!

Last weekend was opening weekend at the Medora Musical–and it was one rootin’-tootin,’ boot-scootin’ heck of a time!

There was singing.

There was dancing.
There was singing while dancing.

And of course, there was laughter all night long!

 

Here are some photos of the show in case you missed opening weekend, or just want to
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Top 3 Medora Musical Moments!

There are just 3 more days until opening night of the 2017 Medora Musical

In celebration, here are a few of our favorite Medora Musical Moments that you should watch out for!

Medora Musical Moment #1 : The Cloggers!

It’s not tap… It’s not swing… IT’S CLOGGING!

Clogging has been featured in the Medora Musical since the very beginning and is an unforgettable part of the show!

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the unmistakable sight and sound of the Medora Cloggers!

Medora Musical Moment #2: The Variety Show!


The fun never stops at the Medora Musical!

While the cast and crew prepare for the second act, guests experience unforgettable entertainment in the form of our variety shows — which change throughout the season!

You’ll never laugh so hard, cheer so loud, or be so amazed as you are watching comedic and acrobatic talent brought here from around the world!

Check out this year’s Variety Acts here!

Medora Musical Moment #3: The Firework Finale!

Nothing ends a night better than the Medora Musical’s breathtaking fireworks display! You won’t want to miss one minute!

 

Look for more Medora Musical Moments here!

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Medora Musical Auditions

Calling all singers and dancers!

Auditions for the Medora Musical have been announced.

We recruit talent from around the region and country, and some of the best comes from right in our own backyard — so if you have the talent and desire, head to one of these locations and audition! READ MORE »

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