The little town of Medora, North Dakota, puts on quite an impressive musical show every year during the summer. Tons of people flock to Medora to see the Musical, and until you watch it yourself, you might never understand just how awesome it is. My brother had raved about the musical, but I was still really surprised! The show is on every night at 7:30pm, and this year it ran all the way from the first week of June until the middle of September. This information, from the Medora website pretty much sums up the show PERFECTLY…
“The Medora Musical is the rootin’-tootinest, boot-scootinest show in all the west! There’s no other show quite like it. Set in the outdoor splendor of the rugged North Dakota Badlands, this professionally produced, high energy, western-style musical show is proudly dedicated to the legacy of America’s 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, and the time he spent here in the Badlands of the Dakota Territory. Each show pays tribute to American patriotism and the Old West. As our guest at the Medora Musical, you’ll enjoy an exciting array of songs performed by the Burning Hills Singers, LIVE horses on-stage, family-friendly entertainment provided by the Queen of the West and Co-Host of the Show, and some toe-tappin’ good tunes by our on-stage band, the Coal Diggers — all while comfortably seated in the 2,900-seat Burning Hills Amphitheatre, overlooking the Little Missouri River Valley.”
We went to watch the Medora Musical with all of Shauna’s female family members who were staying at the house with us that weekend, for Shauna’s bridal shower taking place the following day. This was the first weekend that I got to meet all of them, and they were all so amazing. I’m so happy for my brother!
This outdoor stage, and the view of the North Dakota Badlands behind it, was incredible. We had to come down a steep escalator to get to the stage area, so before we had even reached our seats, I had already seen the stage below and I was excited!
Shauna bought a large popcorn and we all shared it – Elijah loves popcorn (of course he does – he’s my child!). Richard was still at work when the show started, so Eli sat in his uncle’s chair. Every night, all the kids in the audience are invited on stage to help the Burning Hills Singers. We all piled onto the stage to get a bottle of bubble bath and take a massive group picture.
Can you find Eli and I?
[Hint: We are in the middle, near the front]
Uncle Rich! When my brother arrived Eli sat on his lap watch the show… So sweet!
Richard asked if I was enjoying the show but I was almost speechless. It was amazing. All of the acting, signing and dancing was so entertaining. I think my mouth may have been hanging open – in awe – during certain parts of the show.
These performers were pretty amazing. They had some incredible skills, and I loved the part of the show where they asked a kid from the audience to join them on stage. This little man was so entertaining. He danced with them, and then joined one of their daredevil acts.
All of their jumps, turns and twists had the crowd gasping in anticipation!
The end of the show was the really spectacular part… The stage opened up, and man on a horse appeared on the hills in the distance (there was a massive flood light illuminating him), then the fireworks began, and the whole sky lit up. The national anthem was played and everyone stood up to sing… Wow, I’m not even American and I got a lump in my throat. hahaha! It was all very patriotic and quite amazing. It kind of made me want to move to North Dakota so I can watch this show every summer!
A cute family picture after the show.
“The Medora Musical offers – wholesome, family friendly entertainment, a mix of modern country, western, gospel and patriotic music, a talented cast of singers and dancers from across the US, a live band on stage, live horses on stage, nationally known variety acts, historic and patriotic themes dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt, and modern conveniences for your comfort.”
I highly recommend checking out the Medora Musical if you are anywhere near North Dakota during the summer. In fact, I loved Medora so much that I would suggest making a trip up there even just to enjoy the tranquil surrounding, the friendly people, and this wonderful show.