Badlands Rising Star Camp Returns to Medora

An alumna of the Medora Musical is returning this Summer to host a musical Summer camp,
and some of its rising stars are getting an experience they will never forget. 

“It’s a place where we teach kids how to sing. . . this year we are teaching how to act and how to write songs, and we teach them a lot about the music business, ” said Kat Perkins, founder of the Badlands Rising Star Camp.

Perkins starred in the Medora Musical from 1999-2004,and she was a semi-finalist on The Voice in 2014, but now she is returning to where it all began for her 3rd Annual Rising Star Camp in Medora for kids ages 11 to 18.

“This camp is different because of the location first of all. You are in beautiful Medora. It is a magical place and space that fosters creativity, ” said Perkins.

The four day camp, June 27 – June 30, is almost like boot camp, as kids go almost all day and night.

“My goal everyday with the campers is for them to beg me to go to bed . . We usually go from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., ” said Perkins.

Sixteen year-old camper Delaney Radke, who is from Prescott, WI., said every time camp ends for the day she “wants to come right back”.

The campers are also  getting an encyclopedia of knowledge from Perkins and her staff.

“They(camp instructors) work in the business. They are professional actors, dancers, and singers, so we have a ton of accelerated knowledge that we can give these kids, ” said Perkins

About 40 kids attended the Badlands Rising Star Camp this Summer, and it costs $800 a child, and Radke said this is her third time attending it.

“I came all this way to see Kat, and I don’t regret it one bit.”

Perkins said it is always sad to see the kids go when camps ends, but she always leaves them with a special treat . . . they get to be her opening act for her concert in Medora this Saturday.

“It(Badlands Rising Star Camp) has definitely made me better, because you are so confident once you perform. . . because you are on the Medora the Musical stage,” said Tryton Landsiedel, camper at Badlands Rising Star Camp.

Anyone interested in seeing Kat and her young proteges perform can catch them at the Burning Hills Amphitheater in Medora on June 30th.

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