Bill Sorensen returns to the Medora Musical after fighting, beating stage 4 throat cancer

Published: Jun. 2, 2017 at 6:45 PM CDT
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The Medora Musical kicks off its 52nd year as it opens tonight. It isn't Bill Sorensen's first rodeo with the musical, but this year, the veteran performer has some rookie nerves.

“It does feel a little different for some reason,” said Sorensen. “I don't know if it's because I'm happy, the happiness of being back but it is different than other years for being here.”

Last year, Bill lost the whole musical season, and nearly his life.

“It was about a year ago right now when I was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer. And about a year ago right now it didn't look good,” said Sorensen.

After aggressive treatment, Bill recovered and is now cancer free and free to perform. Curt Wollan, the show's director, says Bill has makes his presence known in this year's show.

“A lot of the material he has is in the show, he does some of the writing for us,” said Wollan. “A lot of the good jokes are his, a lot of the bad jokes are his too.”

Jokes that Bill will continue writing for future shows. As his battle with cancer proves, he's not an easy guy to get rid of.

“I usually figure out some way to get back,” said Sorensen. “They try to get rid of me but I keep finding some way to do it so I will do that as long as I'm able.”

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