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North Dakota tradition will open with “Smart Restart” changes, tickets on sale soon

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) announced that this summer’s Medora Musical will open on Friday, June 19, 2020.

The show will open with “Smart Restart” procedures in place – including reduced capacity for each show, every-other row seating, and increased spacing between groups.

Nightly showings will be at 8:30 p.m. all season. To help more people enjoy the “Greatest Show in the West”, a second show per night will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on July 4, that will begin at 5:30 p.m.

This new show schedule will allow nearly the same number of shows to be held as previously scheduled and credit goes to the cast, crew, and production team for their commitment to making this a reality.

“We have heard from thousands of folks, that now more than ever, the people of North Dakota need the Medora Musical – the experience, the message, and the story of TR overcoming hardship from his time here in the Badlands.” said Justin Fisk, marketing and communication director.

“Guests will see some changes to how the theater operates, but the show itself will feature all the favorite pieces that have made it a North Dakota tradition for the last 55 years. We’ll have a full cast and band, there’ll be live horses on stage, featured variety acts, and a big, patriotic finale. The Medora Musical that people love will still happen on our stage this year.

“Roosevelt’s words to ‘Do what you can, with what you have, where you are!’ mean so much more this year and we are proud to offer North Dakota’s show this year.”

Additional “smart restart” procedures include:

•Guests will be welcome to, but not required to wear masks.

•A revised, physical-distancing entry and exit process will be utilized.

•The popular kids segment of the show will take place with students in their seats, rather than on stage.

•Plastic sneeze guards will be installed at concession areas.

•Concession vendors and staff will wear masks and gloves.

•Hand sanitizing stations will be available.

•Capacity is planned to be increased as recommendations allow.

Tickets went on sale May 26, only at

Guests are encouraged to use to make ticket and hotel reservations, rather than other methods, due to covid-19-related staffing changes and a high volume of calls.

The Pitchfork Steak Fondue will also open on June 19. The Medora Gospel Brunch is scheduled to open June 24. The popular Teddy Roosevelt Show featuring Joe Wiegand and Bill Sorensen’s Live, Love, Laugh also plan to open soon and details will be announced at

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