Emily Walter - Queen of the West
A native of Racine, Wisconsin, Emily earned a Master’s degree in Acting from Mankato State University in 1995. Since then she has traveled almost constantly. Her career has literally taken her from pole to pole and many times around the world but she is always at home in Medora. It is one of her favorite places on earth. Emily is very excited to return as host of the 2013 edition of the Medora Musical. Originally a Burning Hills Singer from ‘93-’95, Emily’s performance in Medora lead to her being named one of the select entertainers approved to portray the legendary Patsy Cline by the Patsy Cline Estate. Emily has spent her career playing roles ranging from Shakespeare to Annie Oakley. She recently toured, "Church Basement Ladies" with William Christopher (Father Mulcahy of M.A.S.H). Sargent Emily Walter was the lead vocalist with the U.S. Air Force SAC Band, and is a Gulf War Veteran. She has worked with such stars as Bob Hope, Lee Greenwood and John Denver. She divides her professional time between land and sea, traveling the globe extensively as a Guest Entertainer with select cruise lines. Recently Emily has spent the winter months on Mexico’s Caribbean coast where she has become an accomplished scuba diver and has developed a particular affinity for the world’s sea turtles. You can find her latest CD “Falling in Love Again and Again” and her signature "Queen of the West" Tiara Cowboy hats in the TRMF gift shops! Be sure to visit Emily’s web site at www.EmilyWalter.com
Bill Sorensen - Old West Prestidigitator
It started as a fun way to spend a few weekends in Medora. Now, thirty years later, Bill Sorensen has found himself with a couple thousand shows under his belt as the producer of the 4M Revue. “It has been a labor of love”, Sorensen says, “We have had the opportunity to watch our daughters grow up in this special place. We didn’t expect to be doing it this long nor did we anticipate the overwhelming support that we have received from hundreds of thousands of Medora visitors.” It is no surprise that Sorensen would be a variety performer given the rest of his life has plenty of variety. He served for 12 years as the mayor of Bismarck. Prior to that he served two terms as a state legislator and two terms as a Bismarck City Commissioner. Bill has been involved in starting many businesses, most of them related to the computer and telephone fields. Bill co-founded Extended America with Admiral Bill Owens and former ND Governor, Ed Schafer. Since the sale of that company to Sprint, Bill has remained involved in rural broadband and rural business development. Bill enjoyed his experience as manager of 3-time world champion boxer, Virgil Hill. During that time Hill became one of the most successful world champions in the history of the sport and was recently voted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. The Dakota Wizards were another successful sport venture founded by Sorensen. The Wizards began as a team in the IBA, a league Co-founded by Sorensen, and then moved up into the CBA and finally the NBA Development League. Bill’s love of magic has given him the opportunity to perform at Magic conventions around the country. In addition, Bill has also been a speaker/entertainer at over two thousand corporate events around the country and internationally. Bill’s favorite role is being “dad” to Medora, Tana, Jenna and Tricia and “Grandpa “ to his four grandchildren.
Candice, originally from Strawberry Plains, TN, is thrilled to be returning to The Greatest Show in the West. Previously, she has been seen in Pigeon Forge, TN, singing and dancing in several theaters in the area, including The Smoky Mountain Opry, The Black Bear Jamboree Dinner Theatre, and Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood. She has also traveled abroad as a featured singer on Norwegian Cruise Lines, and toured the US on Troupe America's national tour of Miracle on 34th Street. Most recently, she has been seen in T.A's Ring of Fire, at the Pymouth Playhouse. Many thanks to Stagewest Entertainment, and much love to her always supportive family and Chetters. Yeehaw!
Daniel is thrilled to be returning to "The Greatest Show in The West!" Daniel studied at the University of Montana in Missoula were he was fortunate to be able to perform in 15 musicals over his four years. Professional work started coming a few years ago, first with the Montana Actors Theatre, and Fort Peck Summer Theater, now with Medora. Recent roles include Tony in West Side Story, Sir. Harry in Once Upon a Mattress, and Jamie in The Last 5 Years (which he also produced and designed.) Daniel is a Billings native and so blessed to be performing so close to home. Thanks to his parents, his sisters, his friends and Courtney, for their love and support.
Cari is delighted for her debut in the Old West! A native of Illinois, Cari received her BFA in musical theatre from Western Illinois University and has since worked and toured all over the country. Some favorite credits include The Last Five Years (Cathy), I Love You You're Perfect Now Change (Woman One), The Rocky Horror Show (Janet), and Same Time Next Year (Doris). Enormous thanks to Curt, the Cast, Band, and Crew. And much love to her ever supportive boyfriend, Steve. Have fun, y'all!
Originally from St. Anthony, MN, Chet is excited to be back performing at the Burning Hills Amphitheater. Medora has always held a special place in Chet's heart. For the last few years he has called the Smoky Mountains in TN his home. While there, he has been seen at Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood. Credits there include "Dreamland Drivein", Babes in Toyland", and "Twas the Night Before Christmas". His most recent endeavors have included playing "Judge Harper" in Troupe America’s National tour of "Miracle On 34th Street". After tour, Chet had the opportunity to go back to his hometown of Minneapolis and perform in the show "Ring of Fire", the life and music of Johnny Cash. Chet would like to thank his family for all the support that they have given him and of course his wonderful girlfriend, Candi, for being by his side on all these great adventures.
Lindsey is back for a second season! She is a native of Kentucky, and living in Chicago where she got her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University. After joining the cast last season, she has waited all year to return home to Medora where her passion for country music can thrive! Since last we saw her she has performed around the windy city as the female swing in Provision Theatre’s “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” and everything but the kitchen sink in Quest Theatre’s “The People’s Passion Play”.
Kevin is grateful to return to the Badlands & the blue skies of the shining West, for his third season of the Medora Musical. Kevin has performed regionally and toured across the country. Many thanks to Curt, for another bully-rrific opportunity, and to Bo, for always being a high-kickin' Lord of the Dance. Kevin resides in New York City and sends much love to Mom, Dad, and Medora friends old & new. Holler if you're ready for some summer nights!
Lauren is thrilled to return to the Badlands! She is happy to be “back in the saddle” after making her Medora Musical debut last summer. Originally from Texas, she has a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Music from Minnesota State, Mankato and her undergraduate degree is from the University of Oklahoma-Boomer Sooner! She is thankful her husband, John, joined her this summer to share in the Medora magic! Thanks to Curt for another season with the Medora family. Sending love to her family and friends! I hope y’all get to saddle up at the Medora Riding Stables; this place truly is “Medorable”!
Gerry is thrilled to be making his Medora debut. Originally from Durham, NC he studied theater and voice at UNC-Greensboro. After working at various theaters and dinner shows he has called the Smoky Mountains home for the last ten years singing and dancing at Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park. He'd like to thank his family and friends for all their support and a special thanks to Chance & Phoebe for letting him take this opportunity.
Kayla is thrilled to be joining the cast of Medora and performing in front of the beautiful landscape of North Dakota. Kayla is a Performing Arts graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Upon graduation she performed at the Arundel Barn Playhouse as Ulla in The Producers and Yellow in Shout among other roles. From there she was a lead performer at The Grand Majestic Theatre in Pigeon Forge, TN. Most recently she was seen at The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show portraying parodies of Lucille Ball, Daisy Duke, and Scarlett O’Hara. She would like to thank her Stephen for his unending support and encouragement as she pursues her career.
Mark Bailey Capalbo
Mark is thrilled to be back in Medora for a third season. Mark is a proud city slicker from New York City but is no stranger to the national park system, having been raised in the Adirondack Mountains; the largest Park and Historic Landmark in the US. Mark spent his college years in TX attending both McLennan and Sam Houston State University for which he holds a BFA in Musical Theatre. Mark has performed in all 50 states in various national tours and regional musicals. He is also the owner of Bailey By Design in NYC, specializing in wig and hair design and styling for Broadway, Off-Broadway and personal clients. Love to his family, especially Cheetah. Enjoy The Greatest Show In The West!
Ed (Bass) is excited to be joining the Medora Musical for the very first time! Ed hails from New Jersey and is truly an East Coast guy. As a bassist of over 25 years experience, he's played the bars of the Jersey Shore to the clubs of NYC in various original and cover bands. He enjoys playing all styles of music including rock, funk, blues, and Motown. Ed also loves to travel and has worked on many cruise lines including Holland America Line and Celebrity Cruises.
Marc (Drums), from St. Paul, MN returns for his seventh summer as the Coal Digger's drummer. He has also played for Troupe America's national touring productions of "A Christmas Carol" ('07 & '08) and "Miracle on 34th Street" ('12) When not playing drums for Troupe America he can be found on one of Holland America's cruise ships. He also enjoys playing with Ross William Perry, Porkchop, Mary Cutrufello, and Tree Party when he is home.
Nick (Guitar) currently resides in New York City, where he plays with many local musicians and also teaches guitar. Nick is currently the guitarist with The Three Degrees (#1 hit “When will I see you again”) and just toured the UK with them for 25 dates and played the world famous “Iridium Jazz Club” on Broadway in New York City. Nick was awarded the BBC Big Band Jazz awards “John Dankworth trophy for outstanding young soloist” and recorded a special show for BBC radio 2. He was invited to become a member of the Wigan Jazz Orchestra, and has played as part of the Wigan International Jazz Festival. When living in London, England, Nick was involved in many projects such as Fresh Claim, which features Nick on guitar, and Jon Plotel on Bass (Billy Ocean, The Real Thing) and Vanessa Haynes band featuring members of Jeff Beck group, Eric Clapton’s Band and Allan Holdsworth’s Band. Nick Also contributed to around 21 issues of Europe’s biggest selling guitar magazine – “Total Guitar” in his series of articles, “Techniques of the rich and famous” and “Steal their style”. Having taught at Europe’s top two guitar schools, Nick was also appointed as head of the guitar department at Guitar Getaways. Nick Currently teaches for US based website www.jamplay.com
Zach is absolutely thrilled to be appearing in the Medora Musical as a Coal Digger for his first season. Zach was born and raised in Mandan ND while attending school in Bismarck. Schmidt currently maintains an assiduous performance schedule in the Minneapolis MN area's top music venues, theaters and clubs as a percussionist, pianist and teacher. He loves the challenge of performing in various artistic environments including jazz, pop, r&b, folk, country, afro-cuban and brazillian music styles. As a student at McNally Smith College of Music in 2007, Schmidt was a featured student artist in Jazziz Magazine.
Kansas born Josephine (Fiddle) started playing violin when she was seven. By the time she was fifteen she had been bitten by the bluegrass bug and she started learning hoedowns instead of minuets. Caught up in the joy of music festivals and campfire jams, Josephine left the world of classical music behind and moved on to bluegras and Honky-Tonk country bands. Currently Josephine lives in Nashville, TN with her fat black cat named Blacula where she is following her music as far as she can. Josephine originally started playing violin because her great aunt Bertie played fiddle, but music quickly became a personal love. Communicating her enjoyment of music has always been the goal, being able to make a career out of it is a privilege that she is grateful for every day.
Originally from London, Roger turned pro in 1959 and spent the next few years playing guitar with many big names of the UK music scene (Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, Eden Kane, Billy Fury) and touring alongside the Beatles, The Hollies and the Rolling Stones. He graduated to studio work in the ‘70s, then took up pedal steel guitar. He appeared on countless recordings, TV shows and commercials as well as playing numerous West End shows. He performed with Tom Jones, Duane Eddy, George Harrison and his boyhood idol, Lonnie Donegan! Roger emigrated to the USA in 1998 and continues to get his living doing the best job in the world. He now lives in Naples, Florida and is delighted to be returning to the Medora Musical for his ninth season!
Patti (Stage Manager) from Auburn, NY is thrilled to be returning for her 4th year as Stage Manager for the Medora Musical. She has been in great stage
management teams at Northern Stage and Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. She most recently finished directing Church Basement Ladies with Encore Productions out of Syracuse, NY. Before that, she stage managed her second national tour of Church Basement Ladies Christmas. She has a BA in Theatre from SUNY Potsdam and is an EMC candidate with Actor's Equity. She would like to thank Patrick
Lanczki for being the greatest mentor a stage manager could ever have and her mom for never giving up on her. She would also like to thank her wonderful cast, band, and, of course, the production team.
Steven is more than happy to return for his second season of the Medora musical! Since last taking the Medora stage in 2010, Steven has been traveling around the country playing music for any one that will listen. Most recently he was seen in Plymouth Playhouse's production of Ring of Fire, and before that performing with his Buddy Holly tribute band in the Illinois and Iowa area. Thanks to Curt and John T! Enjoy the show, folks!
Carolyn is thrilled to be a part of the Medora Musical this summer for the first time. She is a recent graduate with a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre, Directing and Acting, from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has performed with the Straw Hat Players in Moorhead MN, with her favorite credits being My Fair Lady (Eliza), SHOUT the Mod Musical (Green), and The House of Blue Leaves (Bunny). Other favorite credits include Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Avenue Q (Kate Monster) and Rent (Mimi). Carolyn wants to thank everyone for coming out and enjoy the show!
What if it rains?
Every attempt is made to present each performance. Rain early in the day or even early in the evening will not result in an automatic cancellation.
Generally we do not cancel a performance prior to the scheduled start of the show. In some cases the start of the performance may be delayed up to
60 minutes due to inclement weather.
Shows lasting more than 60 minutes are considered complete performances. Shows lasting less than 60 minutes are considered "rained out."
Ticket holders at "rained out" performances have one of two options:
For each paid ticket, receive two tickets for any other performance during the current Medora Musical season or the following Medora Musical season (subject to availability).
A full refund of the amount paid for each ticket. Credit card orders will be refunded directly to the credit card. Cash/check orders will be refunded in the form of a check within three weeks.
How can I find out if the show is cancelled?
We will make every attempt to present the show. Announcements regarding Medora Musical cancellations will be made at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. Information is also available at the Rough Riders Hotel, Badlands Motel, and Medora Campground.
How often is the Medora Musical rained out?
On average, the show is rained out only 3 to 5 times per season.
How can I get into the cast?
Auditions are held in January each year.
The Medora Musical is an outdoor, western musical variety show held in the 2,852 seat, state-of-the-art Burning Hills Amphitheatre. Twelve singer/dancers (The Burning Hills Singers), six musicians (The Coal Diggers), a host and several variety and comedy acts are hired each season.
Curt Wollan, the show's producer, says the show's development is a continuous process. "As the curtain closes on one season, work begins on preparing for the next. Our management team assembles at the end of each season to look ahead to the next," Wollan said. The production company, Stage West Entertainment, is based in Minneapolis, MN, and is a subsidiary of Troupe America, Inc.
Wollan also attends casting conventions across the country and typically will audition more than 2,500 performers to fill the 20 cast member roles. "We look for performers who are triple threats, meaning they're able to sing, dance, act. We're always on the look-out for that fresh talent who lights up the stage," says Wollan.
Persons auditioning should bring an 8X10 photo along with a typed performance resume that includes contact information. Performers must prepare two country songs, one up-tempo, and one ballad that show their vocal range. All music must be memorized, sheet music in the correct key, and easy to follow for the provided accompanist. Those wishing to audition may bring a karaoke CD to sing with if they desire. A boom box will be provided.
For the dance portion of the audition, performers should wear or bring clothes and shoes that are comfortable for dancing. The Medora Musical is a professional musical production, so persons auditioning are expected to dress professionally. Western attire is acceptable, since this follows the theme of the musical. "Country musicians who read music or charts may also audition," notes Wollan. "The auditions are a fun and exciting process. It's great to see so many talented performers each year."
Theatre technicians are encouraged to send resumes to Stage West Entertainment.
Those seeking more information about the auditions are asked not to call the audition venues. For more information about the Medora Musical auditions contact:
StageWest Entertainment, a subsidiary of Troupe America, Inc.
Curt Wollan, Executive Producer & Director
528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 206
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
All auditions except UPTA are first come, first served.