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2023 Medora Musical Auditions

Singers, Dancers, Musicians

Get Paid to Do What You Love in the North Dakota Badlands!

Join the greatest show in the west – The Medora Musical – in a

high-energy, country-western variety show performed

under the beautiful badlands sunset. 

Bismarck, ND  |  January 28

Fargo, ND – Moorhead, MN  |  January 29

Memphis, TN  |  February 2-6

Video Submissions  |


Bismarck, ND

Fargo, ND

Memphis, TN

Bismarck, ND

Saturday, January 28th, 11:00 a.m.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, The Lynne Center, 106 Osage Ave.

Fargo, ND – Moorhead, MN

Sunday, January 29th, 1 p.m.

Buxton Choral Rehearsal Hall #187 within the Hvidsten Hall of Music, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Memphis, TN

February 2nd – February 6th

By Appointment with UPTA
Playhouse on the Square Auditionees must be registered with United Professional Theatre Auditions (UPTA)

Online Submission

Video submissions will be accepted, send to

Audition Information

Prepare two songs— an up-tempo and a ballad Bring sheet music in the correct key, a resume, and 8×10 photo. Dress to move for the dance portion of the audition. An accompanist and CD Player will be provided. All auditions except UPTA are first come, first served.

Rehearsals begin on or about May 11, 2023, in Medora, ND The Medora Musical runs from June 7th to September 9th, 2023.

Call 612-333-3302 for more information.




Living and Working In Medora

The Medora Musical hires 12 Singer/Dancers (six men and six women), known as The Burning Hills Singers, six band members known as The Coal Diggers, one or two Character Hosts, and Specialty Acts and Comedians from all over the world. Local cowboy wranglers round out the company of over 40 performers and technicians. Famous Medora performers have included David Soul of TV’s Starsky and Hutch, Tom Netherton of the Lawrence Welk Show, Kat Perkins, a finalist on TV’s The Voice, and Pat Buttrum of TV’s Green Acres to name a few.

The Medora Musical 2023 season begins rehearsing on or about May 11th, and opens June 7th. The production closes September 9th. Company members each get a private cabin with bathroom, microwave, fridge, and air conditioning, plus three meals per day at the employee cafeteria. Performers are paid a flat rehearsal fee and then a salary once the show opens.

After opening, company members may get jobs in town as shopkeepers, bartenders, waitresses, or they may audition to sing in town during the day. The show never changes during the course of the season with the exception of the Specialty Acts which change every three or four weeks. Brush-up rehearsals are called periodically by the Assistant Musical Director or the Dance Captain, and occasionally an Act may need support from the Band or the Singers which may require a morning rehearsal on the day the Act will open. Performers are also required to participate in promo appearances, most heavily around the Fourth of July, and these appearances are usually parades. All transportation and food is covered for these events should they be out-of-town.

The Medora Musical is produced by StageWest Entertainment, a subsidiary of Troupe America Inc., a Minneapolis-based theatrical production company. Troupe America produces national tours both Equity and non-Equity.

The Medora Musical, and most of the other attractions in the area, are owned by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation which was set up by Mr. Schafer so Medora and its rich legacy may continue and thrive. We encourage our personnel to take advantage of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the historical sites, and the many things to do in Medora – much of which are free to company members.

We are certain that if cast, you will experience a rewarding summer that you will never forget.

The History of the Medora Musical

Located in the savagely beautiful Badlands at the gates of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Old West cow town of Medora, North Dakota was saved from becoming a ghost town 58 years ago by Harold and Sheila Schafer. Mr. Schafer was the owner of the Gold Seal Corporation and the creator of Mr. Bubble, Snowy Bleach, Glass Wax, and many other well-known household products. Harold and Sheila, with encouragement from the one and only Lawrence Welk and the famous Al Sheehan Entertainment Agency in Minneapolis, had a dream of turning a stunningly beautiful piece of land with an amazing vista into an outdoor amphitheatre. The Burning Hills Amphitheatre was born and The Medora Musical became a reality.

Fifty-seven years later, the Amphitheatre is now a state-of-the-art 2,800 seat venue and home to the fifty-ninth edition of The Medora Musical. Visitors from every State in the union, all Provinces of Canada, as well as world-wide, visit each season from the beginning of June to mid-September. The Medora Musical has the honor of being included in the Library of Congress and was chosen as one of the top 100 events in the Northern Hemisphere by The American Bus Association.


May 18 – June 11

Troupe America is looking for individuals to join the Medora Musical’s pre-season technical team to help build the Medora Musical and Stage West’s other Medora productions. Some Available Positions Include:

– Technical Director
– Carpenters

– Welders
– Electrician
– Lighting Interns
– Costume Interns
– Carpenter Interns
– Welding Interns
– Prop Interns
– Technical Interns

May – Septmeber

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is currently hiring for in-season technicians and theatre operations staff to run and operate the Medora Musical, Burning Hills Amphitheatre and TRMF’s other venues located throughout Medora. Some Available
Positions Include:
– Deck Manager &  Assistant Deck Manager
– Lighting Technician (L2)
– General Theater Technician
– Downtown Audio Technician
– Character Performer
– Amphitheatre Front of House Manager
– Amphitheatre Assistant Front of House Manager
– Amphitheatre Concessions Manager
– Theatre Operations Staff & Interns

Take a peak behind the curtain at the Medora Musical.