Medora is creating ‘Broadway in the Badlands’ this Summer

Medora is creating “Broadway in the Badlands” with some fresh shows this Summer.

The three new shows that will be performing at the Old Town Hall Theater in Medora are: Todd Oliver and His Talking Dog Irving, Carl and Greta’s Cowboy Sing Along, and Wonderful Work: The Harold Schafer Story. 

Daniel Gannarelli,Marketing Specialist for the Medora Foundation, said they were looking for shows to help fill out the afternoon.

Visitors can see the Gospel Brunch in the morning, the Medora Musical at night, and now they will have three shows to choose from in the afternoon.

Gannarelli said they also look for shows that can  educate visitors about the history of the Badlands and be entertaining.

Who better to create some good, clean family entrainment than Todd Oliver and Irving.

Oliver finished in the top four in America’s Got Talent in Season 7, and he also does magic

He said he actually prefers the intimacy of Medora over the bright lights of Las Vegas.

The Old Town Hall Theater in Medora seats about 200 people.

“We use to do more shows and Vegas, where they have the jumbo- tron screen. . . its not for me, ” said Oliver.

Andrew Crowe and Christie Robinson, will be starring in a children’s show called Carl and Greta’s Cowboy Sing Along,

“We felt like there wasn’t anything specific for kids in the town, and that is where Carl and Greta’s Sing Along comes in,” said Crowe.

Crowe and Robison both perform in the Medora Musical, and in the little free time that they had created a children’s show.

Robinson calls its a “Rompin good time of singing old ranching songs like ‘Home on the Range'” filled with comedy and rope tricks.

Tom Milligan will be performing in Wonderful Work:The Harold Schafer Story.

“I was thinking why hasn’t somebody done a show about Harold Schafer. Such a wonderful part of this town, and who better to hear the history than from the man who helped write the history.”

As Milligan would put it, Schafer is the man who had the vision and persistence to transform Medora from a “ghost town” to the thriving “tourist destination” it is today.

All of the new acts jokingly think they’re the best.

“Who has the best show . .  we do, ” said Crowe with a smile on his face.

In reality they all feel they have created something special for families to do in the afternoon.

“It is really great to have something the kids can appreciate and enjoy along with their parents, ” said Milligan.

The new shows will go until September 7 at the Old Town Hall Theater in Medora.

People interested in attending one of the shows can go to for show dates and times.

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