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.
Unlike every other past show I’ve been in, I get to be myself and perform as Damon Fichter rather than a character. When they announce the Burning Hills Singers at the start of the show, I run out and wave to the audience and realize how lucky I am, and how hard I’ve worked to get on that stage; the same stage I have visited every summer since I was a kid.
While we were in rehearsals, I thought I was going to be nervous in front of the biggest audiences I’ve ever performed for. To my surprise, I never felt any stress or anxiety, because I knew I had the support of my friends, family, and state. I get on that stage and have the time of my life, while also getting to experience the beautiful Badlands.
When I’m not on stage, I get to relax and hang out with the cast and crew. You’d think spending every day with each other would make us go crazy (although sometimes it does), but when we aren’t performing, we get to learn more about each other and just have fun.
I have even taught some of the cast my notable dance moves which include: the drywall, the seat belt, and the noodle. The dry wall is basically where one pretends to pick up a piece of drywall and nail it into a wall. The seat belt is simply attempting to put a seat belt on, and the noodle requires two people. The first pretends to be a pot of boiling water, while the other hops over to them as a dry noodle and dances in the boiling water until they become bendy and able to dance. Some of these dance moves might even make their way into the choreography this year, so be on the lookout.
On that strange note, we are nearing our destination and I just have to say that I couldn’t be happier with where my life and career are headed. I’m looking forward to the rest of my summer here in Medora!
Until next time,
About the author:
Born and raised in Dickinson, ND, Damon Fichter has watched the Medora Musical since he was a child, and is ecstatic to make his Medora debut. Damon is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music at Dickinson State University, where he is also a part of the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program.