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Going into the Season Finale…

Going into the Season Finale…

As our 2015 Medora Musical comes to a close… cast, band, riders, crew, employees start to clean up and pack up. We all reflect on this year’s Musical season. It has been a record-breaking year, in so many ways! Our highest audience attendance ever! Only two rainout shows! Honorable Musical reunion guests and guest performers! And so much more…! Allow me to leave you with some fun memories of this summer’s Medora Musical. (In no particular order…)

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Warm-ups and Sound Check at the Medora Musical with Misti Koop

Warm-ups and Sound Check at the Medora Musical with Misti Koop

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Now that we are nearing our halfway mark of the Musical season… all of us Burning Hills Singers, Coal Diggers, and our hosts, Bill and Emily, have definitely found our preshow routines. When we arrive on the hill for warm-ups, we know what to expect and what is expected of us. This is a comforting feeling. It’s like going to work and knowing exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it! READ MORE »

The Gang Gets Back Together

The Gang Gets Back Together

Damon and I were especially thrilled to see Delanie on Anniversary night! She is of course, our fellow 2014 Medora Musical North Dakotan! Like any alumni of the Medora musical, it is exciting to introduce them to the current cast.

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Medora Musical Cast Blog: Misti Koop’s Pre-Show Routine

Medora Musical Cast Blog: Misti Koop’s Pre-Show Routine

You see the Burning Hills Singers on stage, but have you ever wondered what they do to get ready for the Show? In this blog, Grand Forks North Dakota native, Misti Koop, tells you what it takes to get ready for, “The Greatest Show in the West!” Enter Misti…

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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.

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2014 Medora Musical Cast

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Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop part 2

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop part 2

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When we first start rehearsing in May, we have the advantage of a wall of mirrors. This helps so much to learn choreography! But once we reach the amphitheater, it’s all about numbers and spacing and timing… no mirrors anymore. The stage is lined with ascending numbers out from the center (being “0”) to each side. Besides, lyrics, correct notes, and precise choreography, we also have to be in the right place at all times. This precise placement of each moment of the show is called our “blocking.” READ MORE »

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Delanie Wiedrich

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Delanie Wiedrich

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

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It is a beautiful May morning when I wake up in a hotel bed in Plymouth, Minnesota. I lay there for just a moment, trying to wrap my head around what is happening.

Within the past 24 hours my world has been flipped upside down; I have turned 18, left my hometown, said goodbye to my friends and family, not quite completed high school, and am starting my first professional job as a Burning Hills Singer in the Medora Musical. Panic is about to set in when I rip myself from the comfort of my bed and dress myself for the day. READ MORE »

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Damon Fichter

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Damon Fichter

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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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