Three North Dakotans to Perform as Burning Hills Singers

Two young talents join show veteran in the 2014 Medora Musical


(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, in conjunction with StageWest Entertainment, is excited to announce that three North Dakotans will join the Burning Hills Singers for the 2014 Medora Musical.

Damon Fichter, Dickinson, and Delanie Wiedrich, Hazen, will join the Burning Hills Singers for the first time this season. Both were selected after February’s auditions in Bismarck and Fargo, where they beat out a talented field of performers vying for a spot in the 2014 Medora Musical. Misti Koop, Grand Forks, will return for her second season in the Medora Musical.

“This audition season we saw well over 1,200 singers and dancers from all over the country – and the talent level was at an all-time high,” says Medora Musical Executive Producer and Director, Curt Wollan. “It was particularly impressive to see so many first time auditionees from North Dakota who were so well prepared. These new, young Burning Hills Singers stood out at the auditions because of their wonderful stage presence and beautiful voices and they will certainly make North Dakota proud during this Medora Musical season.”

First-time Burning Hills Singer Delanie Wiedrich couldn’t be more excited about her new summer gig. “I’ve watched the Medora Musical since I was five years old. It was my first experience with musical theatre and really sparked my interest and love of the stage,” she says

with a smile. “At first I thought that Mr. Wollan was calling to inform me that I had not gotten the job! It wasn’t until I received the contract that I realized it was real; now I get butterflies every time I think about what is to come this summer!”

Damon Fichter recalls getting the call while in school, “I quickly listened to the voicemail, while also trying to hide it from the teacher, and when I heard the news, it took everything in me to keep me from cheering. Initially, I was ecstatic, 

“As of now, I have calmed down – only a little – and I can’t wait until we start rehearsals.”anxious, nervous, in disbelief, and amazed.

Wiedrich and Fichter will  join Medora Musical veteran, and Grand Forks native, Misti Koop, as members of this year’s Burning Hills Singers. Koop, a graduate from the University of North Dakota’s Master of Arts in Theater program and current East Grand Forks a future teacher, performed in the 2012 Medora Musical and is excited to return in 2014.

The full lineup of very talented Burning Hills Singers, Coal Diggers Band members, and Medora Musical Host(s) is nearing completion for this year’s Show and will be announced at a later date.

The 2014 Medora Musical shows every night, June 6 to September 6, at 7:30 p.m. MDT, in the 2,900-seat Burning Hills Amphitheatre.


Learn more about the two new North Dakota Burning Hills Singers in their Q&A articles! See Delanie’s. Read Damon’s. Check out Misti Koop’s!


  1. Charlene Moenkedick Charlene Moenkedick
    March 20, 2014    

    I love seeing more North Dakota kids in the musical. The talent is always excellent but it warms my heart to see people from my home state perform!

  2. Glen Wolf Glen Wolf
    April 26, 2014    

    I will be making the journey from Denver to see Misti perform. I missed her appearance two years ago, and I certainly hope to make it this year. She was a valued member of the Grand Forks Red River High School Music Program. More importantly, she is a warm and caring person who lights up the room wherever she goes. I had the great pleasure of being her band teacher for the better part of two years. I feel she personifies the positive ideals and wholesome values that the Medora Musical is well know for.

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