Magical Medora Christmas tour, a variety show booked for 27 performances in 22 communities, includes a final 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 show at the Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck.
A Magical Medora Christmas will feature five of the top performers to have graced the stage of the Burning Hills Amphitheater, including former Medora Musical hosts Emily Walter, Bill Sorensen and Job Christenson, yodeler extraordinaire Jared Mason and Chad Willow, longtime band leader at the Medora Musical.
“This year, we are excited to bring this heart-warming production to even more venues across the upper Midwest,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.
Walter said that, even 25 years ago, as a Burning Hills singer, she thought a Christmas show would be the perfect way to bring the spirit of Medora to people outside the area.
Walter, known as “The Queen of the West,” was host of the Medora Musical from 2010 to 2015, and this past summer she hosted the Medora Gospel Brunch.
Mason performed as a Burning Hills Singer and featured vocalist in the musical where many remember him for his yodeling abilities. Since his time in Medora, he has become an award-winning recording artist, composer and actor, and recently starred on Broadway as Jerry Lee Lewis in the musical "Million Dollar Quartet."
Actor, singer, dancer and playwright Christenson, a native of Grand Forks, has hosted the Medora Musical and starred on Broadway.
“Job is one of the finest singers North Dakota has ever produced,” said Curt Wollan, long-time producer of the Medora Musical. “He has an incredible soaring tenor voice.”
Christenson lives in New York and is studying for a master’s degree in playwriting. He continues as artistic and development director for Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park in Bismarck and is working on a play trilogy about North Dakota.
Sorensen served as co-host of the Medora Musical for four years. He was a featured speaker in the new 2016 Medora Gospel Brunch. Sorensen produced and appeared in The 4M Review variety show in Medora for 30 years as well as the 2015 and 2016 Magical Medora Christmas shows. As a magician, juggler and public speaker, he has performed more than 5,000 shows nationwide.
New to this year’s show is Willow, a pianist, singer and banjo player from Minnesota, who appeared on the bandstand for 12 seasons of the Medora Musical as associate musical director of the show and leader of the Coal Diggers band. He produced and recorded a vocal bluegrass record entitled Scarecrow, with musicians from the Medora Musical bandstand stage.
Tickets for all shows are $25 at www.medora.com. Tickets also will be available at locations in the host communities.