Cast members for the Medora Musical are getting warmed up

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Music is filling the air and feet are tapping in Medora, but the performers for the Medora Musical aren’t ready for the stage just yet.

Rehearsals started this week, and the cast is getting caught up on the musical numbers.

This season’s “rooting tootin” show will have about four new songs, and a theme revolving around family unity.

“I don’t really sing country, but I’m going to do my best ,and now they are going to let me give it a try,” said Jonathan Woodruff, Burning Hills Singer.

Woodruff, who is from Minnesota, is one of three new Burning Hills singers that will be joining the show for its 54th season.

“They emailed me . . .I said yes . . .  and I was super pumped”.

The others are Ben Massouras, who is from Arizona, and Ben Frankart of Ohio.

Chet Wollan, who will be hosting the show for his third time, is already excited for the upcoming season.

“I love this show , because it is different every year. It has all the great dancing. The great singing”.

The cast is rehearsing six to seven days a week and 10 to 12 hours a day, and some of the news cast members are already thinking about opening night.

“I usually perform for like crowds . .  .I think the max was like 600 people, the fact that( Burning Hills Amphitheater) can fit 3000 people, ” said Massouras.

Woodruff said this will be his first big performance since graduating college, and he expects he will be a little nervous on opening night.

Frankhart, who grew up on farm in rural Ohio, said this will be his first time playing cowboy, but Wollan said he and other new performers should get the hang of it pretty quick.

“Once they get their boots and hat on. . .  I think they will know what to do”.

About 120,000 people attended the Medora Musical last year, and opening night is June 1, weather permitting.

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