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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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A Life Time of Music: Roger Rettig

A Life Time of Music: Roger Rettig

Roger Rettig’s love of music has led him from England to Medora Musical stage.

This guest blog was written by Linda Sailer of the Dickinson Press. The full article can be found on the Dickinson Press website.

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MEDORA — Over the past 10 seasons of the Medora Musical, Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation President Randy Hatzenbuhler said has come to know Roger Rettig well.

“We have a weekend routine when we all get together around a campfire in the backyard,” Hatzenbuhler said. “Roger and Bill (Sorenson) start telling stories — it’s like Laurel and Hardy. I love his British humor.”

England is where Rettig’s music career began 55 years ago — and he’s still going strong. Rettig is the pedal steel guitar player with The Coal Diggers Band, which plays for the Burning Hills Singers and takes center stage nightly at the Medora Musical. Rettig called Burning Hills Amphitheatre “an absolutely unique venue,” and referenced the recent spell of cold weather when describing how much he appreciates playing there. READ MORE »

Full Cast of the 2014 Medora Musical Announced

Full Cast of the 2014 Medora Musical Announced
2014 Medora Musical Cast

Cast of the Medora Musical! Back row, from left: Carolyn, Delanie, John, Lars, Abby, Candice, Kevin, Kimberly. Front row: Gerry, Damon, “Queen of the West” Emily, Chet, Misiti. Not pictured: “Wild West Prestidigitator” Bill Sorensen.

 

Over 1,200 auditionees from across the nation narrowed down to the 2014 Burning Hills Singers and Coal Diggers Band 

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation  is pleased to announce the cast and band of the 2014 Medora Musical, held June 6 – September 6. READ MORE »

Medora Musical Announces Audition Dates for 50th Season

Medora Musical Announces Audition Dates for 50th Season

“The Greatest Show in the West” is looking for talent

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, in Conjunction with Stage West Entertainment, announced today that auditions for the 2014 Medora Musical will begin in early February. Auditions will be open for singers, dancers and musicians interested in becoming members of the Burning Hills Singers and Coal Diggers band during the 50th year of the Medora Musical.

“Auditions for the Medora Musical attract some of the nation’s top stage talent, each year,” says Kinley Slauter, Burning Hills Amphitheater Director. “And being able to pick the best-of-the-best for the Show is an exciting process – especially so when members of the cast come from our home state of North Dakota.”

Four separate auditions will be held during the month of February. READ MORE »

13 people you should meet in Medora!

13 people you should meet in Medora!

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Sheila Schafer – Sheila Schafer is the heart and soul of Medora.  Sheila, pronounced Shy-la, and her late husband Harold are likened with rejuvenating Medora and it’s historic presence. She has been in love with Medora since she visited for the first time and we love it every time she returns.

The Burning Hills Singers – This terrific group of 12 singers and dancers kick their heels up in Medora nightly for the Medora Musical. Keep an eye out, they work throughout the town of Medora during the day! Click here to meet the 2013 cast.

The Coal Diggers – Banjo’s, Fiddles and Drums are what the Coal Diggers know, and boy can they play! They bring the Medora Musical to life every night with their foot stomping slapping tunes. Find out who the 2013 Coal Diggers are here! READ MORE »

July in Medora!

July in Medora!

July in Medora, ND

The month of July marks the middle of the summer. If you haven’t made it out to Medora yet, now is a great time! If you already have, come visit us again as there is so much more to do and see! You deserve it! Check out what’s coming up in July:

Medora Musical Variety Act #2 – George Casey, July 1 – July 28

George CaseyThe Medora Musical performs nightly through September 8 this year and we’re quickly approaching the opening night of Variety Act #2 of 4. Don’t miss BreakSk8’s final performance on June 30. Back by popular demand, George Casey returns to the Medora Musical. He was born in a remote seaside village on Ireland’s west coast that is legendary for its storytelling. Growing up in a large family, he saw humor everywhere and honed his skills as a comic at the expense of his brothers and sisters. In 1970, George immigrated to the U.S., earned his citizenship and now calls Branson, Mo., home. Some of the acts George has opened for and toured with include Rosemary Clooney, The Osmond Brothers, Ray Price, Three Dog Night, Brooklyn Bridge, Donald O’Connor and Bobby Vinton. He has performed at Caesar’s Palace, The Sahara, and The Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; and for corporations including McDonald’s, Hasbro, AT&T, Lucent Technology and Panasonic.

Family Fun Center – New in 2012!

Family Fun Center SlideSummer is heating up making it the perfect time to check out the Medora Family Fun Center, brand new in 2012. The Family Fun Center is one of many new attractions this summer as a result of feedback from our many patrons. The Family Fun Center features a rock climbing wall, dual bungee jumpers, and is crowned by “the world’s largest inflatable water slide!” The Family Fun Center is exciting entertainment for the entire family… that includes you, parents! Let that child inside come out and play! We promise not to tell! Admission to the Family Fun Center a very reasonable $8/person for an unlimited two-day pass.

Independence Day 2012 – July 1 & 4

American Flags at the 2012 Medora MusicalIndependence Day is a special time of celebration for many and Medora is no exception! Since July 4th is on a Wednesday, we’re celebrating twice! Fun, family parades held at 3:30 p.m. MDT through the streets of downtown Medora on July 1 and 4. Out-of-town entries are welcome! After the patriotic Medora Musical on July 4th the crowd makes their way downtown to enjoy a spectacular fireworks performance fired from the buttes on the east end of town.

Medora’s Veteran’s Day – July 8

All Veterans and their families are invited to a special day in Medora as we honor their service to our Country. Veterans will receive a FREE Medora Musical ticket and a FREE ticket to the “Adolph Burkhardt Concert.”  Tickets to the famous Pitchfork Steak Fondue, along with ALL tickets for spouses and family members must be purchased in advance.

We are requesting all veterans to wear their service caps to honor their branch of service. Please call 1-800-Medora-1 in advance to make reservations.  A block of rooms is set aside for Veterans Day at the Badlands Motel and the Bunkhouse Motel.  Just ask for the Veteran’s block when calling for reservations.  If you make reservations for the Badlands Motel, the Bunkhouse, or the Rough Riders Hotel.

Fossil Dig – July 23 – 29

Woman excavating a fossil in Medora.60-million-year-old fossil site containing crocodile, champsosaur (crocodile-like animal), turtle, fish, and other fossils is being excavated in the beautiful and rugged badlands near Medora, North Dakota. The North Dakota Geological Survey and Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation will co-sponsor a scientific, professionally conducted, fossil excavation at that site in July 2012. Public participation is invited; open to anyone 12 years or older. There will be three Family Dig days available, from July 27 – 29th (open to anyone 6 years or older, with adult supervision).

Fossil in plaster awaiting transport.Package is $145 per day per person and includes:

  • Dig
  • Breakfast
  • Sack lunch
  • Transportation between Medora and dig site
  • Bottled water
  • Souvenir with 2012 logo

Enjoy outdoor adventure in the North Dakota Badlands.  Reserve lodging, Medora Musical tickets, Pitchfork Steak Fondue tickets & more.  Call 1-800-Medora-1.

*Preregistration is required. Payment is due at time of registration. Limited to 8 people per day. Participants ages 12-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Registration ends July 1. Moderate hiking required. Rain or shine.

The O-Mazing Joey O! July 13 – July 28

This trick golfer and inspiration speaker will be performing at the Tjaden Terrace during the Pitchfork Steak Fondue starting at 7 p.m. MDT.

Book your trip today!

For tickets and lodging reservations or more information call 1-800-Medora-1

See you in Medora!

Medora’s early July events offer a patriotic salute

Medora’s early July events offer a patriotic salute

NEWS
June 19, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
Office: 701-223-4800
Cell: 701-471-3335

Medora’s early July events offer a patriotic salute

Medora, N.D. – Two events in early July offer a patriotic salute to our country’s independence and those who have fought to maintain our freedom.

July 1 and 4

Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the Fourth of July Medora style. Line up along Medora’s Main Street to watch the Independence Day parades, starting at 3:30 p.m. daily July 1 and 4. Following the Medora Musical performance on July 1 and 4, fireworks will light up the sky with an amazing display of vibrant colors, patterns and presentations. The professional fireworks show is conducted by RES Specialty Pyrotechnics, an international award-winning pyrotechnics company.

July 8

19th annual Veterans Day in Medora

All veterans and their families are invited to a special day in Medora to honor their service to our country. As a token of appreciation, all veterans will receive a free ticket to the Medora Musical and the Adolph Burkhardt Country Western Concert. The day-long recognition event features activities like an ice cream social, flag retiring ceremony and a special presentation before the nightly performance of the Medora Musical. Veterans are asked to wear their service caps to honor their branch of service.

More information about both events can be found at www.medora.com.

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Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere.

For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com. For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

Active military receive discount for Medora Musical tickets

Active military receive discount for Medora Musical tickets

NEWS
For immediate release

June 15, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
701-223-4800

 

Active military receive discount for Medora Musical tickets 

Medora, N.D. – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation honors the service of all active military personnel, along with their spouses and dependent children, by offering a 50% discount on their tickets to the Medora Musical.

The Medora Musical is a professionally produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the Burning Hills Amphitheater in the North Dakota Badlands. It features an array of music, fireworks, horses and nationally known variety acts. Performances are held nightly at 8:30 p.m. MST June 8 through September 8.

“Our military does so much for us on a daily basis, and this is our way of honoring their service and saying thank you,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

Hatzenbuhler notes that the Medora Musical cast once again has a military connection. Emily Walter, who serves as this year’s host, was the lead vocalist and Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command Band in the Gulf War.

To receive the active military discount, call 1-800-633-6721 and indicate military status. Military ID must be presented when picking up the tickets. For more information about the Medora Musical and other activities, go to www.medora.com.

The variety acts performing during the 2012 Medora Musical season include:

June 8 – June 30

Breaksk8, Hip Hop roller skating dancing crew

Breaksk8, a Hip Hop dance crew on roller skates from Kokomo, Ind., has been featured on several TV shows including NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and Disney’s hit show “Shake it Up.” Since the group formed in 2001, Breaksk8 has amazed audiences around the globe with their unique style of entertainment on wheels. Most recently Breaksk8 was featured on the Hunan Satellite Network, which was viewed by more than 500 million people in mainland China.

July 1 – 28

George Casey, comedian

George Casey returns to the Medora Musical by popular demand. He was born in a remote seaside village on Ireland’s west coast that is legendary for its storytelling. Growing up in a large family, he saw humor everywhere and honed his skills as a comic at the expense of his brothers and sisters. In 1970, George immigrated to the U.S., earned his citizenship and now calls Branson, Mo., home. Some of the acts George has opened for and toured with include Rosemary Clooney, The Osmond Brothers, Ray Price, Three Dog Night, Brooklyn Bridge, Donald O’Connor and Bobby Vinton. He has performed at Caesar’s Palace, The Sahara, and The Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; and for corporations including McDonald’s, Hasbro, AT&T, Lucent Technology and Panasonic.

July 29 – August 18

Etta May, character comedian

To put it simply, when Etta May takes the stage, she is the reigning Queen of Southern Sass and will take you on a ride through the Deep South. Born and raised in Bald Knob, Ark., Etta May grew up alongside nine older brothers. “That’s where my comedy comes from. I just wait for my husband or kids to do something stupid, and then I write it down.”

As the winner of the prestigious American Comedy Awards’ “Stand-Up Comic of the Year,” Etta May is a regular on the syndicated Bob & Tom radio show and on XM and Sirius Radio’s comedy channels. Her television appearances include Oprah, Comic Strip Live, MTV and as a guest commentator on “CBS Sunday Morning.” But that’s not all, Etta May headlines the most successful all female “Southern Fried Chicks Tour,” selling out theatres all over the country. She’s also a headline comic on CMT’s “CMT Comedy Stage,” which is the second highest rated show in CMT history. Etta May also was the subject and first female comic ever on the biography show, “Comedy Club.” She joins the elite comedy company of Ron White, Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy, who are also featured in this series.

August 19 – September 8

Sammy Cortino, illusionist

Taking magic back to its basics in its purest, up-to-date form, mystique runs through Sammy Cortino’s blood. His title in magic, “Magic’s Royal Duke,” can be traced to his 15th century Sicilian royal lineage. With Siegfried and Roy and Lance Burton endorsing his International Brotherhood of Magicians membership, the illusionist is giving audiences the essence of magic: inspiration to follow their dreams. Sammy focuses on the people who make magic possible: the audience.

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Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere.

For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com.

For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

BreakSk8 Hip Hop Dance Crew First Variety Act at Medora Musical

BreakSk8 Hip Hop Dance Crew First Variety Act at Medora Musical

NEWS
June 8, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
Office: 701-223-4800
Cell: 701-471-3335

Break Sk8 hip hop dance crew first variety act at Medora Musical

Medora, N.D. – The Medora Musical will have a hip hop flair when Break Sk8, a nationally known breakdancing group on roller skates, takes to the stage as the first featured variety act. The hip hop dance crew on wheels will perform nightly at the Medora Musical June 8 – 30.

BreakSk8, from Kokomo, Ind., has been featured on several TV shows including NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and Disney’s hit show “Shake it Up.” Since the group formed in 2001, Breaksk8 has amazed audiences around the globe with their unique style of entertainment on wheels. Most recently Breaksk8 was featured on the Hunan Satellite Network, which was viewed by more than 500 million people in mainland China.

The Medora Musical is a professionally-produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in the North Dakota Badlands. It kicks off June 8 and features nightly performances at 8:30 p.m. MT through September 8.

Tickets to the Medora Musical can be purchased now by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1 or online at www.medora.com. Also available online are vacation and golf packages, and Bully Pulpit Golf Course information. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1.

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2012 Medora Musical Opens Friday

2012 Medora Musical Opens Friday

2012 Medora Musical Opens Friday!2012 Medora Musical Cast

The day that we prepare for and eagerly anticipate is just a few days away! Opening night of the Medora Musical and Pitchfork Steak Fondue not only marks the beginning of an exciting season for us, but also the start of many new adventures and life changing experiences in Medora. The beauty of the North Dakota Badlands, historical landmarks, and fun family attractions continue to captivate folks from across the region, nation, and even the world!

The Medora Musical performs nightly at 8:30 p.m. MDT debuting this Friday, June 8. This year’s show will feature catchy songs, high energy choreography, beautiful sets, and fantastic guest variety acts. Eight brand new Burning Hills Singers join our host, the Queen of the West, Emily Walter and our live band, the Coal Diggers! The Medora Musical showcases the talent of the Burning Hills Singers while remaining true to the founding principles set forth by Harold Schafer: horses, singing, dancing, world-class variety acts, gospel, patriotism and much more in a family show!

Reserve your tickets today!

BreakSk8 – June 8 – June 30, 2012

BreakSk8

In 1964, Harold Schafer contracted with Al Sheehan of Minneapolis to create a show for his newly acquired amphitheater. Harold asked Al to identify variety acts to include in the show that the folks from North Dakota would not have to travel far from home to see. World-class variety acts right in our own backyard! Continuing with that tradition we are kicking off the 2012 season with a variety act that you won’t want to miss!

Breaksk8, a Hip Hop dance crew on roller skates from Kokomo, Indiana, has been featured on several TV shows including NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and Disney’s hit show “Shake it Up.” Since the group formed in 2001, Breaksk8 has amazed audiences around the globe with their unique style of entertainment on wheels. Most recently Breaksk8 was featured on the Hunan Satellite Network, which was viewed by more than 500 million people in mainland China.

Convinced? Get your tickets here! www.Medora.com

Bully Expedition – Sunday, June 10, 2012

Education is an important part of our mission and we have a lot to give! Theodore Roosevelt, the Marquis and Marquise de Mores, and North Dakota’s own Harold Schafer provide volumes of rich history in Medora and the Badlands. Bully Expedition offers a unique opportunity to intertwine fun and learning (shh don’t tell your kids!)

With the $5 Registration Fee, each 4th Grader will receive…

  • Complimentary Medora Musical ticket
  • Complimentary Family Fun Center admission
  • Medora bandana
  • Ice cream
  • Medora Vacation Journal
  • Bully Fun Pass

To register your 4th grader today just print our registration form to mail back, or call 1-800-Medora-1 and ask for Group Sales. The registration form lists a deadline of June 1st, but we will take day-of registrations.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course – Open now!

Bully Pulpit Golf Course

If you haven’t made it out to Bully Pulpit yet… What have you been doing?! Our 18 gorgeous holes are waiting for you.

Some courses impose themselves on the landscape. The Bully Pulpit Golf Course, surrounded by the dramatic North Dakota Badlands, conforms to the surrounding terrain. Some holes play in meadows and woodlands, while others follow the meandering Little Missouri River. Holes fourteen through seventeen are built into the rugged Badlands.

Located three miles south of Medora on East River Road, this 18-hole course features five tees, ranging in length from a comfortable 4,750 total yards from the forward tees to a challenging 7,166 at the tips. Plus, you can warm up your swing on the driving range.

Follow is on Facebook and Twitter for access to exlusive deals and giveaways!

Call 1-800-Medora-1 or reserve your tee time online today!

Upcoming Events

If you’re not yet convinced that you need to make Medora and the Medora Musical a part of your June plans, here are some more things to entice you:

Full list of events at www.Medora.com/events

We’re Social!

You’re social and so are we! We would love to see and hear about your time in Medora. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube! Connect with us today. You may even see some social media specific deals, news, and sneak-peaks!

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