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Wiedrich, Fichter chosen to sing in Medora Musical

The Medora Musical has chosen its cast for this year’s season, and two locals have made the cut.

Damon Fichter of Dickinson and Delanie Wiedrich of Hazen will join the Burning Hills Singers for the first time this year, according to a press release. Both were selected after auditions in Bismarck and Fargo.

Misti Koop, Grand Forks, will return for her second season. She performed for the musical in 2012.

The committee that selected the three saw more than 1,200 singers and dancers from across the country, all vying for a spot in the annual musical, according to the release. The talent was at an all-time high, said Curt Wollan, Medora Musical executive producer and director.

“It was particularly impressive to see so many first-time auditionees from North Dakota who were so well prepared,” Wollan said. “These new, young Burning Hills Singers stood out at the auditions because of their wonderful stage presence and beautiful voices, and they will certainly make North Dakota proud during this Medora Musical season.”

A full lineup of singers is near completion and will be announced at a future date, according to the release. The musical runs June 6 through Sept. 6 at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora.

See The Dickinson Press on Sunday for a special feature on Wiedrich and Fichter.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.