The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation officially announced that the Medora Musical season for the summer of 2020 will begin on June 19 and continue through September 12.
The rootin'-tootinest, boot-scootinest show in all the Midwest will feature nightly entertainment beginning each evening with the pitchfork steak fondue dinner before moving into the ode to patriotism, Theodore Roosevelt and the Great American West.
“We believe that the people of North Dakota, as thousands of people have told us, they need the Medora Musical this year, more than ever,” Justin Fisk, the marketing and communications director at Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, said. “Our show and our experience is one about positivity, overcoming hardship, figuring out how to do things in new ways and that message, probably has never been more applicable than now.”
Starting July 4, the foundation will host two shows on each Saturday and Sunday with the first show starting at 5:30 p.m. MST and the second show at 8:30 p.m. MST. Guests will be able to enjoy the pitchfork steak fondue prior to either show.
The TRMF said that they were looking forward to the upcoming season, including reviving the history of the 26th United States President, Theodore Roosevelt.
Modifications have been made to ensure public safety at the Medora Musical, and are in compliance with CDC and state guidelines.
In a press release, the TRMF said shows will feature the “Smart Restart” procedures, including reduced capacity for each show, seating every other row and limiting group size, plastic sneeze guards will be installed at concession areas, hand sanitizer stations will be available, and the popular kids segment of the show will be taking place with the kids at their seats as opposed to going on stage.
“You’re going to see physical distance in the common areas where people are waiting to get into the theater, You’re going to see some masks and gloves on some staff,” Fisk said. “If anybody is planning on coming to the show while wearing a mask, we are very comfortable and encourage them to do that, we are not requiring masks but if folks desire to do that, we’re going to encourage them and support them in that decision.
Fisk added, “We’re going to be using Theodore Roosevelt’s famous quote, “do what you can with what you have, where you are,” as a guide for a lot of our decisions this year. We’re just providing this with a lot of care. We care about the cast, our customers, the staff and our community and we’re going to do everything we can to provide a fun experience this summer and let people know it’s going to be OK, we’re going to recover and it’s going to be exciting to be a part of that message.”
Fisk added the entire foundation and cast are looking forward to bringing people together and bringing joy and hope to those in need throughout the summer as they take their minds off of the world and enjoy the festivities in Medora.
“It gets a lot of us emotional, because that is at the heart of why we are doing any of the things that we are doing in Medora,” Fisk said. “We don’t just operate a show, we don’t just operate hotels and food service and historic reprisals, we are extremely lucky to get to provide positive, life changing experiences all the time. Now more than ever that’s going to have such an impact and it makes the reason why we’re doing this so clear for us because it really makes us really grateful for us to do this.”