A new show created and produced by Bill Sorensen hits the road Oct. 18-20 as five performers with many years of experience at Medora’s Burning Hills Amphitheater present a collection of popular Broadway tunes.
"An Evening on Broadway" will travel to Ellendale and Maddock, North Dakota, and Hallock, Minnesota. General admission tickets for all shows are $25 and are available locally. The Ellendale event will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Trinity Bible College. Tickets are available at Ellendale area banks and at the door.
“We’ve had many requests for 'A Magical Medora Christmas,'" said show administrator Susan Axvig. “Bill thought he’d bring a different show to some of those communities we couldn’t get to during the Christmas season.”
It was Sorensen, who recently retired as host of the Medora Musical, who in 2014 created a Christmas show for Medora’s Cowboy Christmas and in 2015 took it on the road during the holiday season.
As in the Christmas show, Sorensen will also host An Evening on Broadway.” Performing with him are former Medora Musical hosts Emily Walter and Job Christenson and former Burning Hills Singers Bethany and Levi Andrist. Sorensen provides comedy and magic, and the others will highlight their musical talents.
Walter, known as “The Queen of the West,” hosted the Medora Musical from 2010 through 2015, performed in "A Magical Medora Christmas" from 2015-2018 and for four years has hosted the Medora Gospel Brunch. She counts it as “a great thrill” to return to perform at Norsk Hostfest with the Medora Gospel Experience. Walter spent several years in the Strategic Air Command Band and as a featured vocalist performing on cruise ships all over the world.
Actor, singer, dancer and playwright Job Christenson, a native of Grand Forks, has hosted the Medora Musical, performed in "A Magical Medora Christmas" from 2016-2018 and starred on Broadway. He lives in New York, continues as artistic and development director for Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park in Bismarck, and is working on a play trilogy about North Dakota.
Bill Sorensen served as co-host of the Medora Musical for seven years and has been the featured speaker in the Medora Gospel Brunch since its inception. Sorensen produced and appeared in the 4M Review variety show in Medora for 30 years and plans to return for four shows per week in the summer of 2020. This is his sixth year producing and starring in "A Magical Medora Christmas" traveling show. As a magician, juggler and public speaker he has performed over 5,000 shows nationwide.
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation board member Levi Andrist said he is excited for the opportunity to perform again professionally. He earned a degree in music from Concordia College and performed for four summers in the Medora Musical. He will sing and accompany the group on piano for the tour.
Bethany (Orn) Andrist, children’s book author and stay-at-home mom, was a Burning Hills Singer in the 2006 and 2007 Medora Musicals and played Belle in the South Dakota premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" at Northern State University. She and her husband, Levi Andrist, currently put their music degrees to use by leading worship at Lord of Life Lutheran in Bismarck.
The shows will be held in Hallock and Maddock as noted below:
Oct. 19: 7:30 p.m., Hallock, Kittson County High School.
Oct. 20: 3 p.m., Maddock, Maddock Opera House. Tickets: MaddockOperaHouse.com or Harriman’s Coffee House.