MEDORA, N.D. — The summerlong Medora Musical wraps up with a final performance on Saturday, Sept. 7, that will cap the career of longtime performer and co-host Bill Sorensen, who is stepping back.

The 69-year-old former Bismarck mayor has performed in Medora for decades and co-hosted the musical since 2013. He still plans to appear in the Medora Gospel Brunch, Christmas tour and Old Town Hall Theater performances.

The musical this summer has included a segment honoring Sorensen, who said when the season began in May that "this place got its teeth into me."

"We actually bring Bill out and honor him for his time in Medora and on the stage of the musical," spokesman Justin Fisk said. "We show some images his family secretly sent to us on-screen and thank him for everything he’s done for the town and the show. We’ll keep doing that all week, and I’m sure the final night of doing so will be extra emotional."

Musical attendees on Saturday can attend a meet-and-greet with Sorensen after the season's final show. Organizers also are planning a private celebration with friends and family following the show, Fisk said.

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Attendance this season is on pace to reach 118,000, on par with last year.