Many of us have enjoyed the Medora Musical over the years. Now, A Magical Medora Christmas show is attracting audiences across the region and even spreading the holiday cheer to other states as well.
It was all hands on deck, or onstage, rather, as the show began its opening week.
“Cast and crew, everybody kind of does everything. It’s a very small, component love of Medora tour,” says cast member Emily Walter.
The show was initially conceived three years ago.
“The idea was to go out and say thank you and Merry Christmas to the people who have been supportive to people over the years,” says producer Bill Sorensen.
But’s also a way to bring the small town charm of Medora to those who have yet to experience it.
“We’re just trying to take the type of music and the the type of family feel that our wonderful little Wild West Medora brings to that little corner of North Dakota and spread it out,” says Walter.
The cast includes Broadway stars and seasoned professionals, all past performers in the summertime Medora musical.
“It really is people who have performed in Medora, worked in Medora, and have a deep love of Medora, to get that magic and that spirit of Medora out to different towns,” says Walter.
The show has quickly grown in its three years. This year’s schedule includes more performances and more states than before. But whether the show will continue to expand is still unknown.
“I don’t know what we’ll do. There’s a limit. I’m so young, I don’t have a problem. But some of these other people, I’m not sure they can do it,” says Sorensen with a laugh.
But for now, the lights continue to shine bright on A Magical Medora Christmas show.
The show opened this past weekend in Montana. Its final performance will be in Bismarck on December 21.
For a complete list of show dates, look here.