The long wait is finally over, and the Medora Musical is officially back in action after its official debut of the 2020 season on Friday, June 19.
The theater was operating at just 40% capacity due to restrictions from COVID-19, and all three performances were sold out.
Justin Fink, the marketing and communications director at Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation said it was a really positive weekend.
“I think the most impactful thing that we saw was the immense amount of joy amongst most of the audience members that got to see the Medora Musical during opening weekend,” he said.
The foundation is currently planning on maintaining the current occupancy to help make the guests feel more comfortable and be able to enjoy the entire experience of the Medora Musical.
“Right now the conditions are what they are. We’re probably not going to get much higher than 40-50% because we want to make sure people are comfortable,” Fisk said. “If conditions get better, we’ll adjust our game plan, but we’re really grateful for people who wanted to come out.”
As Fisk stated in previous interviews and discussions, the Musical will take things on a night-to-night basis, always continuing to learn and make adjustments if needed. Fisk discussed some of the situations that were adjusted to make things easier for the guests.
“Our entry policy is much improved over the first few run throughs. We made some better changes that’s smoother; people get into the theater faster in a better way. We also learned that the dismissal by row at the end of the show, that was a really good idea; we wish we had that a long time ago,” he said.
They will also allow people to reserve a time to eat at the pitchfork steak fondue instead allowing everyone in at 5:30 p.m.
"The folks visiting Medora do a really good personal job with their own personal responsibility; those who want to have more space, get it. And those who are more comfortable being closer, they are happy respecting that and value that," Fisk said. "Medora is a place where you have already had people from around the world travel to you for a long time, and so we really are pretty accepting of all folks, and you’re seeing that even more so today.”
While revenue this season will be impacted due to the late start to the year and limited capacity, Fisk mentioned there will be ways of making sure the musical and all of Medora will continue to be financially secure, even through these tough times.
“Things like the Medora Musical having two shows beginning July 4 on weekends that will help,” he said. “We’re seeing a good amount of golf, and we’re seeing a good number of people with a good comfort level using our camps and hotels as well, and the new attractions like the Little Bully Pulpit and add it to the new zipline … make it a little bit better yet.”
Fisk stated the Medora Foundation will continue to adapt and find ways of allowing guests to create ever-lasting memories with all that Medora has to offer, including the Medora Musical.
The Medora Musical will begin nightly shows starting next week at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday shows will begin at 8:30 p.m. Starting Sat. 4, the Musical will feature two performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m