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The 2020 Medora Musical Cast!

This Medora Musical opens in a week and a half and is full of high-caliber entertainment and top-notch performers from across the nation!

So, we figured you’d want to know who’s in the Show! Get on now, scroll on down to see the entire cast of the 2020 Medora Musical!

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Medora Musical to Open June 19

We are wonderfully-excited and incredibly grateful to all who have helped us get to this point.

THE MEDORA MUSICAL WILL OPEN JUNE 19!

The show will open with “Smart Restart” procedures in place – including reduced capacity for each show, every-other row seating, and increased spacing between groups.

Nightly showings will be at 8:30pm MDT all season.

To help more people enjoy the “Greatest Show in the West”, a second show per night will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on July 4, that will begin at 5:30pm MDT.

This new show schedule will allow nearly the same number of shows to be held as previously scheduled. THANK YOU to the cast, crew, and production team for their commitment to making this a reality.

“We have heard from thousands of folks, that now more than ever, the people of North Dakota need the Medora Musical – the experience, the message, and the story of TR overcoming hardship from his time here in the Badlands.” said Justin Fisk, marketing and communication director.

“Guests will see some changes to how the theater operates, but the show itself will feature all the favorite pieces that have made it a true North Dakota tradition for the last 55 years. We’ll have a full cast and band, there’ll be live horses on stage, featured variety acts, and a big, patriotic finale. The Medora Musical that people love will still happen on our stage this year.

“Roosevelt’s words to ‘Do what you can, with what you have, where you are!’ mean so much more this year and we are proud to offer North Dakota’s show this year.”

Additional “smart restart” procedures include:
• Guests will be welcome to, but not required to wear masks.
• A revised, physical-distancing entry and exit process will be utilized.
• The popular kids segment of the show will take place with students in their seats, rather than on stage.
• Plastic sneeze guards will be installed at concession areas.
• Concession vendors and staff will wear masks and gloves.
• Hand sanitizing stations will be available.
• Capacity is planned to be increased as recommendations allow.

TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE MAY 26, ONLY AT MEDORA.COM

We expect a high volume of calls when tickets go on sale, so we encourage you to book online — and it’ll be quick and easy. All of our deals and discounts can be booked online, and you can even chat with a representative online if you have questions.

We’re finalizing our “smart restart” seating plan, so stay tuned for more details and we have made a couple of online tools to help you, too, like the hotel reservation change request below.

Other Attractions and Shows
• The Pitchfork Steak Fondue will also open on June 19. On two-show nights, you’ll be able to enjoy Fondue after the 5:30 show or before the 8:30 show.
• The Medora Gospel Brunch is scheduled to open June 24.
• A couple of our favorites — the Teddy Roosevelt Show featuring Joe Wiegand and Bill Sorensen’s Live, Love, Laugh also plan to open soon and details will be announced online.
• Our new Little Bully Pulpit Mini-Golf Course and Manitou the Point to Point Zipline are both slated to open July 1
• The new Cowboy Lyle’s Candy Barn will open soon
• And there will be lots of ice cream and shopping available all summer

THANK YOU to all of our guests, supporters, volunteers, partners, and more. Thank you to YOU, our Facebook community for your support. THANK YOU North Dakota, for making us part of your summer tradition.

Medora Musical reopening this summer

https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Medora-Musical-reopening-this-summer-570383671.html

MEDORA, N.D. – The Medora Musical is returning this summer while observing coronavirus precautions.

The Medora Musical is following a “Smart Restart” plan as the cast prepares to get up and running.

The plan involves social-distanced seating maps at the Burning Hills Amphitheater, more shows to keep audience numbers down, guidelines on getting into and out of the theater and other health safety guidelines.

Marketing and Communications Director Justin Fisk says reopening the musical is important because it brings a lot of tourism to Medora and the state.

“It’s important for us to reopen smartly with some different levels of business so that folks can continue to protect lives and livelihoods. But also, it’s for our state,” Fisk said.

Fisk says despite reopening, he expects the musical will lose customers due to coronavirus impacts and limited seating. He says they’ve cut the budget to reflect the new, anticipated income. He hopes to be able to announce the show’s opening date sometime in the next couple weeks

By Emmeline Ivy | Posted: Mon 5:01 PM, May 11, 2020

Scheels’ Gets BULLY Value from Medora Business Membership

A Medora Business Membership is a uniquely North Dakotan way to say thank you to the people that matter most to your business: your employees and your customers.

With Membership, you get season passes to the Medora Musical and rounds of golf at Bully Pulpit Golf Course to give to whomever you choose. Many companies get over a $10,000 return on their Membership… companies like Scheels.

We sat down with Melissa Neutman, Marketing and Events Director for Scheels in Bismarck to get her thoughts on the benefits of Membership, what it feels like to make the state’s #1 Tourist Destination better and what it’s like working for Scheels, a company who cares about the community and its employees alike!

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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! 

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Bill Sorensen’s Final Ride

Long-time Medora entertainer to co-host the Medora Musical for a final time

(MEDORA, ND) Bill Sorensen is a household name around Medora, and this summer, you’ll get to see him on stage at the Medora Musical one last time, co-hosting for his final season alongside a star-studded cast.

“Medora has been a place of great importance to me. I watched my daughters grow up here, I myself have grown in this place with these people, and whether I’m performing for five people of 2,000 people I am always grateful for the experience,” remarks Bill.

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Sheriff Bear Leaves Medora

Breaking News

In a twist of unforeseen events Sheriff Bear has announced his resignation from the Medora Musical. Sheriff Bear has been with the show since the early 2000 and is the longest recurring cast member to date.

Sheriff Bear being poked fun at by current Medora Musical host Chet Wollen.


Official Sheriff Bear translator, Ken Quiricone says that Sheriff Bear says, “After being passed up over and over for host of the Medora Musical and as a member of the clog I have decided to follow my dreams elsewhere.”

Sheriff Bear is heading to New York City to pursue his dreams of performing ballet and continuing his sheriff background as a horse mounted officer in Central Park.

Published April 1st – the most foolish day of them all!

Women of Medora: Emily Walter

This article was originally posted in Inspired Women Magazine and was written by Stephanie Fong.

Emily Walter has spent a three-decade career traveling the world as a professional vocalist and actor. She’s served as a singer in the U.S. Air Force Band, entertained in shows on cruise ships, and —among many other things — has personified the title of Medora’s “Queen of the West.”

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Interview with TRMF Business Member, Railway Credit Union

We sat down with Railway Credit Union President, Paul Brucker to get his thoughts on what Medora has done for his company, creating a workplace people want to work at, and what he learned from his parents.

Paul Brucker, President of Railway Credit Union


Paul, why join the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Business Membership Program?

Being a patriotic ND based business, Railway Credit Union (RCU) initially joined the TR Medora Foundation because it seemed like the right thing to do.

It was not until later that we realized the benefits that the membership provided to our credit union members, staff, and volunteers.

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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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